Monday, August 05, 2013

Book Review: A Discovery of Witches – Deborah Harkness

A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)
Deep in the heart of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, Diana Bishop—a young scholar and the descendant of witches—unearths an enchanted alchemical manuscript.  Wanting nothing to do with sorcery, she banishes the book to the stacks.  But her discovery has set a fantastical underworld stirring, and soon a horde of daemons, witches, and other creatures descends upon the library.  Among them is the enigmatic Matthew Clairmont, a vampire with a keen interest in the book.  Equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense, A Discovery of Witches is a mesmerizing and addictive tale of passion and obsession that reveals the closely guarded secrets of an enchanted world.

4/5 stars (really liked it)
At first I was not too crazy about this book, it starts off slow.  Introducing Diana, a reluctant witch that finds a manuscript.  Also we meet Matthew a very old vampire that is also interested in the manuscript.  But as we learn more and more about Diana’s past and her ancestors and Matthew’s long life as a vampire the book gets more and more interesting.  There is also a bit of history and I’m normally not one that likes reading about history but this book made it interesting.  I could not put the book down the last 100 pages and now I wish that the next book was in my hand so I could continue it.

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