A Discovery of Witches

Book: A Discovery of Witches

Deborah Harkness
Paranormal Romance
Viking / 2-11
Hardback / 579 Pages
Series All Souls Trilogy #1

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

I picked this book up because I wanted to know what the witches discovered

What I liked the Most? The depth of research this book had to have taken

What I liked the Least? She turned into a teeny booper

Review: I had a hard time deciding how to rate this book – the plot moves beautifully and it’s clear that a load of effort was put into researching the many different worlds, BUT I had a big problem with the main character, Diana Bishop.
She starts out as an independent, take charge kind of gal, entirely capable of making her own decisions and standing her ground, but by the time the book ends, she's turned into Bella Swan – and I don’t mean age regression.

Plus, the story is left on a major cliff hanger and I really hate that, write one book please.

Recommended to: Anyone

Best Quote: "Sorry, we've got ghosts."

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