A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

01 May


Bodleian Library in Oxford, England

Bodleian Library in Oxford, England (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

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.

Sandy’s Review:

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.

Purchase here:A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy)

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