Just Finished: Discovery of Witches

Not to long ago I finished reading A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.

Synopsis from Barnes and Noble:

A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together.

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. 

The book follows Diana a witch who tries her hardest to not use her powers after losing her parents. It becomes harder to do when she uncovers a lost manuscript and breaks its spell while researching for a journal article she’s writing. Suddenly vampires, witches and daemons come crashing into her life, one vampire swooping in in a way she never expected. 

This is a LONG book. And to top it off it’s the first in a trilogy something that I didn’t realize until I was on about page 500 and realized there was no possible way it could come to a neat ending with how few pages there were left. 

It took me a bit to get through A Discovery of Witches, for one it’s long and for two there were points were I was a bit bored. But it often didn’t last long. I’m a huge history lover so I really enjoyed the numerous ways they combined history and the roles that witches, vampires and daemons played. A Discovery of Witches is the adult version of Twilight with ridiculously better writing.

The next book in the series doesn’t come out until 2012 so if you’re not patient wait a little longer to read it! 

I give this book 4 stars* and am adding it to my gotta own it list mainly because it’s a series and I <3 series! 

1 Star: Hated It
2 Stars: It was Okay 
3 Stars: Liked It
4 Stars: Really Liked It
5 Stars: Loved it, why did it have to end? 

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