Monday, July 23, 2018

Review 'A Discovery of Witches' by Deborah Harkness
A world of witches, daemons and vampires. A manuscript which holds the secrets of their past and the key to their future. Diana and Matthew - the forbidden love at the heart of it.

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 geneticist. 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…

The Facts:

Publication Date:
September 29th, 2011
All Souls Trilogy #1
Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Paperback, Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook
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My Review:

I’ve read ‘A Discovery of Witches’ for the first time in 2013. I loved it right away and I can remember staying up till late just so I could finish it. When I saw the trailer of the tv show of ‘A Discovery of Witches’ a view weeks ago I knew I just had to read that book again. I remembered some stuff about this book, but I didn’t everything and I just had to re-read it. So I did.

In ‘A Discovery of Witches’ we meet Diana Bishop a historian who always worked hard to just be ‘normal’. And Diana succeeded in that, until one day she accidentally comes across an alchemical manuscript filled with magic. At first Diana didn’t think a lot of it.. but soon the library she uses for her work gets fuller and fuller with creatures demons, witches and vampires watching her. Including Matthew Clairmont, a handsome and mysterious vampire. Soon Diana finds out that she can’t ignore her own magic and especially Matthew anymore. And her life changes forever.

Just as the first time I read this book, I really enjoyed getting lost in these pages. ‘A Discovery of Witches’ is a book unlike any other I read. There is romance, suspense and a lot of history in these pages. This is not a book you read without keeping your head with it. But fortunately the way Deborah Harkness writes, makes you sitting on the edge of your seat, not able to put the book down.  I didn’t really follow everything, especially the alchemist stuff.. but overall this book is just very good and makes me want to read more.

The romance between Diana and Matthew is very nice to read about. Matthew is very strong and dominant, and Diana is tough and used to taking care of herself. Diana and Matthew bump heads a lot, especially in the beginning. But it makes there love story even better and I couldn’t stop reading, even though I already knew what was happening.

‘A Discovery of Witches’ is definitely a great book that makes you want to start reading the next book in the series as soon as possible. There is so much you’d still want answers too after reading this book. There are so many questions still on answered.. I definitely need to re-read the second book soon to. And I can’t wait to see the tv show.

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About the Author:

My life has been a series of left turns that nevertheless took me in the right direction (though it didn't always seem so at the time). I went to college to be a theater major and ended up studying the Renaissance. I went to grad school to become a college administrator and loved to teach so much I became a college professor instead. I thought I wanted to be a Tudor-Stuart historian, and found myself a historian of science. I started blogging because a friend needed help on a project in 2006 and am still blogging about wine today. I started writing a novel in the fall of 2008, and it became a New York Times Bestseller in February 2011: A Discovery of Witches. The second volume in the All Souls Trilogy, Shadow of Night, came out in July 2012 and debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller's List, as did the final volume The Book of Life. I haven't managed to escape the world of All Souls, however. A companion book (May 2018) and a book about Marcus are on their way (Time’s Convert, September 2018). 

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  1. I love this story and characters. So glad you are reading them!

    1. They are great aren't they?! I love this book. I have never finished the series though.. Hopefully I will soon.
      Thanks for stopping by! ;)


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