A Discovery of Witches by Deborah HarknessMy rating: Fantasy
Diana Bishop is the last in a long line of witches, but she's not interested in that part of her heritage, preferring to concentrate on her academic work as a historian. Admittedly, she's a scholar of alchemy, so what happens next isn't that much of a surprise: she accidentally calls up a bewitched manuscript from the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian library. As her two worlds collide, it's no longer possible for her to deny her powers. Gorgeous vampire Matthew appears at about the same time, and despite the historical animosity between their species, the two are drawn to one another.
What I really loved about this book was the detail of the settings, and of the characters' backgrounds which took them far beyond stereotypical witches and vampires. Matthew, for example, is a much-lauded geneticist under his present identity - and this expertise is central to the developing storyline. Similarly, Diana's skills as a historian are central to her character. I can't wait to read the next in the series.