The first reviews of A Discovery of Witches have been coming in, and it’s exciting to see such a positive reaction.

Here’s a taste of what the reviewers are saying:

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

“‘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

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

“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. Overall, we cannot give Harkness’s debut fiction title enough praise. It is quite simply stunning. 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

“Full of references, historical and literary, and arcane knowledge about the world of beings with special powers, A Discovery of Witches has been a marvellously entertaining read…” –Karen Howlett, Cornflower Books, 11/26/2010

“…A Discovery of Witches has more to it than romance. There is also mystery, a strong connection to history and aspects of the popular modern thriller too…. This book is extraordinary, exceptional and brilliant….” Love Vampires, 11/15/2010

“In Harkness’s lively debut, witches, vampires, and demons outnumber humans at Oxford’s Bodleian Library…a crowded universe where normal and paranormal creatures observe a tenuous peace. “Magic is desire made real,” Bishop says after both her desire and magical prowess exceed her expectations. Harkness brings this world to vibrant life…” –Publishers Weekly, 11/8/2010