A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, Book 1) by Deborah Harkness

By Deborah Harkness

In a gleaming debut, A Discovery of Witches turned the "it" e-book of early 2011, bringing Deborah Harkness into the highlight and inspiring lovers worldwide. during this story of ardour and obsession, Diana Bishop, a tender student and the descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript deep in Oxford's Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates together with her prime guy, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont. Harkness has created a universe to rival these of Anne Rice, Diana Gabaldon, and Elizabeth Kostova, and he or she provides a scholar's intensity to this riveting tale of magic and suspense.

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And so, Setrakian looked at his face in the mirror—between the thick porcelain sink and the counter that held his powders and salves, the rubs for his arthritis, the heated liniment to soothe the pain in his gnarled joints—and studied it. Here he confronted his fading strength. The acknowledgment that his body was just that: a body. Aged and weakening. Decaying. To the point where he was unsure if he would survive the corporeal trauma of a turning. Not all victims do survive it. His face. Its deep lines like a fingerprint—the thumb of time stamped firmly onto his visage.

Eph didn’t know what to say, because indeed he had. ” Eph didn’t want to have to talk about the stinger. “You saw it. She’s not your mom anymore. ” Zack said, his voice still raw from choking. “I do,” said Eph. ” He went to Zack, trying again for some contact, but the boy pulled away. He went instead to Nora, who was handy as a female substitute, and cried into her shoulder. Nora looked back at Eph with consolation in her eyes, but Eph wouldn’t have it. Fet was at the door behind him. “Let’s go,” said Eph, rushing from the room.

Lead bullets made them angry, but silver nails hurt them at something like a genetic level. And, almost as important, at least to Eph: silver scared them. As did ultraviolet light in the pure, shortwave UVC range. Silver and sunlight were the vampire equivalent of the exterminator’s rat stick. Fet had come to them as a city employee, an exterminator who wanted to know what was driving the rats out from underground. He had already run into a few vampires in his subterranean adventures, and his skill set—a dedicated killer of vermin, and an expert in the workings of the city beneath the city—lent itself perfectly to vampire hunting.

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