Check out these selected reviews of the New York Times Bestseller A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES in print, on the web, on the air, and from booksellers.

In print:

“. . . a wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter or Twilight. . . An irresistible tale of wizardry, science and forbidden love, Discovery will leave you longing for the sequel. . . . A first novel that casts a singular spell.” –Lisa Kay Greissinger, People Pick, People Magazine, February 21, 2011

“Harkness’ sure hand when it comes to star-crossed love and chilling action sequences in striking locales makes for an enchanting debut. The best news of all: it’s the first in a trilogy.” –Parade Picks, Parade Magazine, February 6, 2011

“A highly addictive read for those who want their mythology and magic served up with a dose of smarts.” –J.P., Chatelaine (Canada), 2/2011

” . . . romantic, erudite, and suspenseful. . . . Harkness attends to every scholarly and emotional detail with whimsy, sensuality, and humor.”  Celia McGee, O, The Oprah Magazine, February 2011

“… a thoroughly grown-up novel packed with gorgeous historical detail, [it] has a gutsy, brainy heroine to match…”  Karen Valby, Entertainment Weekly, 2/4/2011

“. . . this might just be a Twilight for the tweedy set.” –Karen Valby, Preview Issue, Entertainment Weekly, 1/21/2011

“…this enchanting novel is an essential purchase. Harkness is an author to watch.” –Crystal Renfro, Library Journal (Starred Review), 12/15/10

“…a compelling and sweeping tale…” –Jessica Moyer, Booklist (Starred Review), 12/1/2010

“…an assured saga that blends romance with fantasy. The first in a trilogy, it has had publishers swooning.” –Hephzibah Anderson, The Daily Mail, 12/30/2010

On the Web:

“. . . But against all odds, A Discovery of Witches becomes increasingly charming as it goes along. There’s a fine story here. . .[and] Harkness tucks in bright plot twists. . . . It’s a shrewdly written romp and a satisfying snow-day read for those of us who heartily enjoyed the likes of Anne Rice and Marion Zimmer Bradley. By the book’s rousing end, I didn’t even miss the cackling. In fact, I was impatient for the sequel.” –Neda Ulaby, NPR Book Blog, MonkeySee, 2/9/2011

“ . . . a masterpiece of literary fiction, filled with factional and fantastical beings brought to us by the lyrical narrative of a most talented storyteller.” Debbie H., The Reading Frenzy, 1/24/2011

“Not merely a fanciful supernatural romance; A Discovery of Witches intellectualises their existence, theorising on the role of genetics, DNA, evolution and extinction; as well as contemplating the pervasiveness of racial prejudices and segregation. … Blending fact and fiction, history and present, delicate courtship and tempestuous tantrums, understanding your identity and losing yourself: it is a beautiful work of fiction that fastens onto your heart and feeds your mind. In other words: probably perfection.” –The Truth About Books, December 2010

“‘A Discovery of Witches’ is a lose-yourself novel of supernatural intrigue, and Harkness proves to be a novelist of considerable talent.” –Rich Kleffel’s ‘The Agony Column,” 12/6/2010

On the Air:

“…for the adult reader who needs a little more substance than Twilight and characters a little older than Harry Potter. Same compelling storytelling and intriguing characters.” Kaite Mediatore Stover, The Book Doctors: Latest Recommendations, 1/24/2011

From Booksellers:

Best Books of February, A sparkling debut written by a historian and self-proclaimed oenophile, A Discovery of Witches is heady mix of history and magic, mythology and love … making for a luxurious, intoxicating, one-sitting read. –Daphne Durham

February 2011 Indie Next List — “I lost a good deal of sleep turning the pages of this tale of adventure, suspense, and romance. . . . The author did her homework and the history rings as true as the passion.  I can’t wait for the sequel!”  Annie Leonard, The Next Chapter, Knoxville, TN

“Part Dan Brown, part Charlaine Harris and a touch of Diana Gabladon; if you threw these authors together with a handful of academics the result might have been something akin to Deborah Harkness’ debut fiction A Discovery of Witches. … Harkness writes mystery, tension and romance with the ease of a great storyteller. If you like any of the above mentioned authors or a taste for adventure then this is a must read! ” — Nieves Ayala, The Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness has it all–a mysterious, bewitched manuscript, an irresistible vampire (French, no less!), powerful witches, an ancient castle, history, romance, suspense. It is a magical read–one whose spell lingers long after you’ve turned the last page.” —Susan Thomas, CoffeeTree Books, Morehead, KY

“Take one witch who does not know the extent of her powers, add a 1,500-year old vampire, a few daemons and assorted other witches and vampires, both benevolent and malevolent, combine them with a search for a potentially life altering ancient manuscript and you have the perfect ingredients for a novel that will enthrall and entertain. Elizabethan scholar Deborah Harkness turns her brilliance to fiction and has produced a work sure to make her as well known in popular circles as she is in the world of academia.” —Bill Cusumano, Nicola’s Books, Ann Arbor, MI