A Discovery of Witches. After spending most of her life trying to keep her head down and remain unnoticed by the magical community, Diana attracts unwanted attention when she uncovers an enchanted manuscript in the Bodleian library.
Shadow of Night, Deborah Harkness' expertise in the history of magic and science in Europe really shines.
The third book doesn't have a publication date or publicized cover art yet, but it does have a title! The Book of Life should be released in 2014 and I expect there to be a long queue for it at the library... Get your hold requests in early!
If you're like me, you don't like waiting around for the next book in the series to be published. I tend to stay away from active series or ones that are in their early stages because when I get wrapped up in a story and involved with the characters, I find having to wait for the next book to be really jarring. That being said, sometimes I (often accidentally) start a series (like I did with The Diviners by Libba Bray) and I can't help but wait on the edge of my seat for the next book. Such is also the case with A Discovery of Witches. If you're waiting too -- and from Deborah Harkness' website, it sounds like we've got a minimum of 6 months, but likely longer to wait -- maybe some of these books will get you through.
The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker
Schlumpy graduate student Nora stumbles through a portal and is transformed into a glamorous socialite, but the veneer quickly comes away to reveal the dark side of this new, magical world.
For more modern women in un-modern times and places, you may be interested in following this up with Diana Gabaldon's epic Outlander series.
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
When her father suddenly goes missing after researching Vlad the Impaler, the unnamed narrator follows his research across Europe and finds that Dracula may be to blame for both her father and mother's disappearances in this suspenseful and atmospheric Gothic novel.
Love this? Check out Labyrinth by Kate Mosse.
The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark
After writing the bestselling The Sex Lives of Demon Lovers, Professor Callie McFay -- a demonology and folklore expert -- encounters a seductive demon in her own bedroom and discovers more than just the faculty lives at Fairwick College.
The Demon Lover is the first in the Fairwick Chronicles, followed by The Water Witch and The Angel Stone, which was just released at the beginning of September 2013.
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