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A Discovery of Witches



"A Discovery of Witches" is a thrilling blend of history, science, and magic, marking the first installment in the All Souls Trilogy. The narrative follows Diana Bishop, a historian and reluctant witch, who stumbles upon a bewitched manuscript in Oxford's Bodleian Library. This discovery draws Diana into a world she has long avoided, one filled with daemons, witches, and vampires, including the enigmatic and centuries-old vampire, Matthew Clairmont.


  • Magic vs. Science: The novel explores the conflict and convergence between the realms of magic and science, highlighting the protagonist's struggle with her magical heritage and academic pursuits.
  • Forbidden Love: The burgeoning relationship between Diana and Matthew challenges the longstanding prejudices and taboos within their supernatural communities.
  • Power and Secrecy: The search for the manuscript reveals the extent to which power, knowledge, and secrecy are wielded within the world of witches, vampires, and daemons.
  • Identity and Heritage: Diana's journey is also one of self-discovery, as she confronts her past and embraces her identity as a witch.

Main Characters

  • Diana Bishop: A young scholar and witch who denies her magical heritage, Diana's discovery of the manuscript forces her to confront her powers and destiny.
  • Matthew Clairmont: A vampire, scientist, and fellow of Oxford, Matthew aids Diana in understanding the manuscript's secrets, while battling his own dark past.

Plot Overview

Diana Bishop's accidental discovery of a bewitched alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782, sets off a chain of events that pulls her into the heart of a hidden world. Despite her attempts to avoid using magic, Diana's find attracts the attention of supernatural creatures, including Matthew Clairmont. Their alliance defies ancient rules and ignites a forbidden love.

As Diana and Matthew unravel the mysteries of Ashmole 782, they face opposition from other creatures who seek the manuscript's power. Their journey takes them from the libraries of Oxford to the remote castles of France and the heart of witch trials in Europe. Along the way, Diana learns more about her magical abilities, the intricate history of witches, and the true extent of Matthew's love.


"A Discovery of Witches" is a captivating tale that weaves together elements of fantasy, romance, and historical fiction. The novel not only offers an enthralling story of love and magic but also delves into deeper themes of identity, power, and the importance of understanding one's heritage.