Diana Bishop, a Yale scholar doing research on the history of alchemy at Oxford, meets Matthew de Clairmont, a brilliant scientist and, oh yes, a vampire. He realizes right away that Diana is a witch, although she has tried very hard to ignore her unusual powers and forget her witch ancestry. When doing research at the Bodleian Library, she accidently comes across an ancient manuscript that has strange powers which only she can command. The vampires, daemons and witches have been looking for this magical book for years because whoever can unleash the powers in this book has control over all. In a desperate race to evade them, Diana and Matthew flee to his ancestral home in the south of France as she learns to trust him and to harness her magical powers.
Author Deborah Harkness blends romantic suspense, history and adventure in an intricately plotted and engaging story with a gothic tone. First in a projected trilogy, this novel may seem long at 579 pages, but it is an entertaining read that will appeal to readers who enjoyed The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe or for those who like urban fantasy-romance such as the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer and the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning.
Reviewed by nk, 09/11. Other reviews by nk.