It begins with absence and desire. It begins with blood and fear.
It begins with a discovery of witches. 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 genticist. 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...