A Discovery of Witches

All Souls #1

Deborah Harkness

fiction fantasy romance
adventurous slow-paced

592 pages | first published 2011

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

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Moods

adventurous 79%
mysterious 71%
dark 41%
emotional 32%
tense 25%
challenging 6%
funny 6%
hopeful 6%
reflective 6%
informative 4%
relaxing 4%
inspiring 3%
lighthearted 3%
sad 3%

Pace

slow 48%
medium 41%
fast 9%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 60% | Plot: 21% | Character: 18%

Strong character development?

Yes: 53% | No: 25% | It's complicated: 20% | N/A: 0%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 58% | It's complicated: 21% | No: 19% | N/A: 0%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 53% | Yes: 28% | It's complicated: 17% | N/A: 0%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 66% | It's complicated: 17% | No: 14% | N/A: 1%

Average rating

3.66