Book Review: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Intelligently written, A Discovery of Witches is a smart, historical creature feature sure to please all genre lovers.

We meet Diana, a Bishop witch, who has been denying her inner magic since her parents death when she was small. Diana is strong, intelligent and fiercely independent. When she summons an aged manuscript from the Bodleian, her life changes forever. She becomes entwined with other witches, vampires and daemons and they must work together to fight for what they believe must change and in the process finds a love beyond her greatest expectations.

I loved this book! It’s so smart and expertly written with such detail. If you’re fan of historical fiction, this will definitely appeal to you. The history of the characters and the things around them are so intricately woven into the present that it makes you feel like you’re seeing both at the same time.

Diana is a strong female character who comes to accept who she is, her family’s past and what her future may hold. It was such a pleasure to see how much she grew throughout the book. How her priorities shifted and her relationships changed. She becomes empowered in ways she never would have imagined. Falling in love can change all of us, but for Diana, it opens more than just her heart.

Matthew. You can’t help but fall in love with him yourself. He isn’t a teenage sparkling vampire. He’s complicated, but I don’t think you can be a vampire with a past as long as history and not be complicated. He’s handsome, witty and strong. The authors descriptions and actions of the stories vampires really sets her book apart from other vampire tales. She gives new meaning to their history, myths and family groups. Her take on vampires was the most realistic version I’ve read so far.

When I got to the last 1/3 of the book I was unable to put it down. The convergence of characters and their response to it made me want to be there with them.

You don’t want to miss reading this one!

The second novel in the trilogy, Shadow of Night, is due out July 10th. Get reading!

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