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.





Audiobook Review

5 stars


I don’t know what I can add to the many reviews written about this book but I’ll give my opinion anyway!

First, I read this thanks to Bex @mummyisreading from IG who was so raving about it all the time that she just wore me off LOL

Second, I learned that this trilogy was a TV show once I had finished the first book! Now I’ll have to go watch the shows of course.

Third, some say the book is boring as nothing happens. That’s not how I experienced it at all even if I can understand why some would as this is not a non-stop action kind of book!

To use food and wine analogy (and there are lots of wine and food here), this is a book meant to be savored, whose bouquet is slowly unfurling in your palate.


What’s this book about?

To sum it up it’s about a powerful and very ancient vampire falling in love with an extraordinary witch: Diana Bishop. Stated like that, you might be reminded of “the lion who fell in love with a lamb” alias: Twilight! But it’s more than that as you have a mystery, a secret to pierce and an ancient manuscript to track down and decipher. Hence, you’ve also a whiff of Da Vinci Code. That is reinforced with the underlying topic: alchemy! And the setting too as some of the book happens in Oxford or in an old castle in France. If not, you’ll go to a bewitched house on the East Coast.


That book was honestly mesmerizing.

I chose to listen to the audiobook and in the beginning, I was taken aback by the narrator as she was not “oohing” and “aahing”, playacting forcefully like many narrators that I love.

No, Jennifer Ikeda had a steady tone, a genteel and poised voice.

In hindsight now, it was the perfect choice to narrate Diana and Matthew’s story and she quickly enthralled me.

Not a single minute of these over 24 hours I spent listening the story felt annoying!


I love Deborah Harkness’s writing. It’s precise, elegant, smooth and it will lull you into her story.


Diana and Matthew are both formidable characters with a complex past!

Diana has been orphaned very young and has spent all the years following her parent’s death to refute her “heritage”. She is convinced that magic is what killed her parents, both powerful witches, and she is determined not to use witchcraft and just live as a normal human.

She is an historian, a scholar living in Oxford and doing research on alchemy when she’ll cross path with Matthew.

From that moment on, all will go awry for Diana and she will feel compelled by the vampire and drawn to her witch side.


But love between a vampire and a witch is forbidden and they’ll soon gather many enemies, launching a witch hunt. This is even more dire that Diana has unlocked a mysterious manuscript and every supernatural being wants that manuscript now.


It will soon be them together against the supernatural community. Matthew is fiercely protective of Diana and has Alpha tendencies that he must rein in. And Diana is immensely powerful. Like no other witch. When we finally learn the secret behind her powers, it was shocking and sad.


I won’t add more to this review as more is to come in book two!


Have you read this series? What did you think of it? Or watched the movie.


Thanks for reading



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  1. I have heard that if you like Twilight you are likely to enjoy this series! I tried to watch the tv series and really didn’t like it, but maybe it makes for a better book than series.

  2. I love this book – it is so richly detailed and compelling! I found all of the historical information fascinating and all of the settings so gorgeous

  3. I’m not a big fan of witches, vampires and the undead to begin with, so probably not something I would read, normally. A TV show, however, might be interesting. I’m guessing it’s something like Lucifer.

  4. I loved this series! I watched the TV version and from what I remember about the book (it’s been years since I read it), it seemed to stick to it pretty closely.