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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
In A Discovery of Witches, Diana Bishop comes from a family of witches, but chooses to ignore her potential powers. She is a professor of ancient chemistry instead. While doing research at Oxford, she requests a book she believes to be about alchemy. The book, Ashmole 782, contains the secrets long sought by witches, vampires, and demons. Now that they're aware of its presence, they'll stop at nothing to gain its possession. Aided by a vampire geneticist who captures her heart, Diana must learn to move about a paranormal world she doesn't understand and develop her paranormal powers she'd rather ignore. Deborah Harkness' debut novel has received mostly positive reviews with BookPage saying, "A Discovery of Witches is a captivating tale that will ensnare the heart and imagination of even the most skeptical reader. This fantastic first novel will leave you anxious for the next installment, and sad to leave the remarkable world Harkness has created. Simply put, A Discovery of Witches is literary magic at its most potent."