A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

11468955A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Published December 27th 2011 by Penguin Books (first published January 1st 2011)

579 Pages

Goodreads Summary: 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.

Review: I am so glad that I finally got around to reading this book.  I have always had a big interest in witches and witchcraft.  And to combine that all with vampires and other supernatural creatures just made it that much better.  If you read the summary I included in this review and you’re not a fan of Twilight… don’t let that little mention scare you away because this is really nothing like Twilight.  The book was a little slow moving at first but it was still enough to keep me interested.  I’m so glad I kept on reading because I really did enjoy this book.  I loved all of the characters, especially Matthew.  I loved his and Diana’s relationship.  This story could have been your typical witch coming into her power type but it was so much more than that.  I really love how history was incorporated into the story and can’t wait to get even more history in the second book.

4/5 Stars

2 thoughts on “A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

  1. I’m really glad you liked this one, and I’m still working on reading it. It got put on the back burner for some other books, but I’m definitely going to finish it. I was loving it at the point I left off. And I love Matthew!!

    It is a little bit slow with a lot of detail, which is part of the reason it’s taking me so long to finish. That and my serious book ADD! Loll

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