By Deborah Harkness
In a glowing debut, A Discovery of Witches grew to become the "it" e-book of early 2011, bringing Deborah Harkness into the highlight and inspiring enthusiasts world wide. during this story of ardour and obsession, Diana Bishop, a tender student and the descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript deep in Oxford's Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates along with her prime guy, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont. Harkness has created a universe to rival these of Anne Rice, Diana Gabaldon, and Elizabeth Kostova, and he or she provides a scholar's intensity to this riveting tale of magic and suspense.
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Naturally I follow him. He must know I am tailing him. At this time of day, a half hour after dusk, we are the only ones on this narrow road that runs perpendicular to the main highway. Within twenty minutes we are deep in the desert, with the city only a glow on the horizon. The stars come out. Dr. Stoon is driving fast, but now it is possible he may not know I am behind him. I have turned off my headlights. I don't need them, of course, but maybe he doesn't either. Ten minutes later he suddenly swerves off the road and drives across the sand toward a massive hill that is more reminiscent of Utah's Zion National Park than Phoenix's backyard.
And for us to be strong we must cut off all that weakens us as a people. Here I have to speak on a matter that is almost considered a blasphemy in our society, and yet it is the single most important issue regarding our survival. We are literally drowning in the shallow end of our gene pool. Who is reproducing at the most rapid rate in our world? The uneducated and the foolish. But how did our space brothers reach their exalted state? By casting out the foolish. Our genes are our only treasure.
Now I am close to tears. " Paula comforts me, rubs my arm. "She couldn't stay too long. She was a star that burned too bright. " Paula gestures to the vase and stands, John still asleep in her arms. "Say your goodbyes. " I ask weakly. " My voice cracks with emotion. I need her to understand why. "I loved Suzama. I loved her with all my heart. " Her voice is soothing. "You were younger then. " I look up at her. "Will I see you again? " Suzama stares at me for a long time. It is Suzama, yes, and she stares with the eyes of humanity's greatest clairvoyant.