Book Review: A Discovery of Witches

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

The blurb: When historian Diana Bishop opens an alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, it’s an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordered life. Though Diana is a witch of impeccable lineage, the violent death of her parents while she was still a child convinced her that human fear is more potent than any witchcraft. Now Diana has unwittingly exposed herself to a world she’s kept at bay for years; one of powerful witches, creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires.

Sensing the significance of Diana’s discovery, the creatures gather in Oxford, among them the enigmatic Matthew Clairmont, a vampire genticist. Diana is inexplicably drawn to Matthew and, in a shadowy world of half-truths and old enmities, ties herself to him without fully understanding the ancient line they are crossing. As they begin to unlock the secrets of the manuscript and their feelings for each other deepen, so the fragile balance of peace unravels…

My review: Deborah Harkness is a creative genius. She has taken a genre that is saturated with vampires, witches and daemons and has created something unique, with its own rich history and mythology, that draws you into her world with captivating storytelling.

A Discovery of Witches is the first in the All Souls Trilogy and thank heavens for that. The date the next book hits the shelves will be firmly circled in my reading calendar. I have been left wanting more! This book has the perfect blend of magic and history to make it unputdownable. There is a credibility in Harkness’s characters, they are fully rounded and three dimensional, with back stories and intricate past relationships that made me want to know more about them and see where there actions would take them. Thanks to the warmth of tone in Harkness’s storytelling I found the characters easy to like and the mystery one I wanted to solve.

Hands down the best book I have read in a very long time. I wanted more of it, and its just shy of 600 pages so there’s lots to read! I dont want to spoil any of it for future readers so all I will say is you need to read this book! One of the few…

10 out of 10 stars! **********

BUY ME! A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy 1)

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