Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice, but it is as contemporary and sensual as the Twilight series-with an extra serving of historical realism.
Deborah Harkness is a very descriptive and imaginative writer. When I read this book (I have several times) it makes me feel like I am at Oxford, I can imagine what the Bodleian Library looks and smells like. The way she describes her characters you get an exact feel for their personalities. This is the same way I felt when I read Annie Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. Her love and respect for history is very evident in her writing.
Diana Bishop is very frustrating at times because she is headstrong, stubborn, and denies her heritage so much that she almost dies because of her ignorance. Once she realizes she may have put herself, her family, and that of witch kind in jeopardy she is all to willing to jump in with both feet. Matthew Clairmont is of course the otherworldly handsome vampire with a possessive nature. There are twists and turns in this book that kept my heart racing and shocked me. If you are a lover of paranormal romances you will thoroughly enjoy this book.
One thing that I have to warn readers about this book, it ends on a cliffhanger of sorts, not to worry the second installment is already available to read. The third book in the series should be out by years end.
A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy)