I bought this book because it was cheaper than anywhere else and because it tied in with a TV series I'd enjoyed. I'm glad I did because it's brilliant.
Description from Amazon:
When historian Diana Bishop opens an alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, it's an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordered life. Though Diana is a witch of impeccable lineage, the violent death of her parents while she was still a child convinced her that human fear is more potent than any witchcraft. Now Diana has unwittingly exposed herself to a world she's kept at bay for years; one of powerful witches, creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires.
Sensing the significance of Diana's discovery, the creatures gather in Oxford, among them the enigmatic Matthew Clairmont, a vampire geneticist.
Diana is inexplicably drawn to Matthew and, in a shadowy world of half-truths and old enmities, ties herself to him without fully understanding the ancient line they are crossing. As they begin to unlock the secrets of the manuscript and their feelings for each other deepen, so the fragile balance of peace unravels...
This is the first book in a very long time that I just could not put down. I was desperate to know what happened next. The characters are well drawn and believable and the plot is well crafted and while easy to follow difficult to predict. The prose is outstanding. It's absolutely fascinating!
This is the first part of a trilogy known as All Souls.