A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness - review

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A Discovery of Witches
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What's A Discovery of Witches about? The first book in The All Souls Trilogy begins when historian Diana Bishop opens a manuscript in the library and exposes herself to a world of shadowy demons she's kept at bay for many years. Sensing the significance of Diana's discovery, the creatures
gather in Oxford, including enigmatic vampire Matthew Clairmont, who
Diana finds herself drawn to. Together the pair unlock the secrets of
the manuscript and prepare to fight to save their forbidden love.

goodtoknow says: Love Twilight and Harry Potter? You're in for a treat! A decidedly more grown-up take on the vampire and witch (and daemon) story, A Discovery of Witches sets its fantasy story firmly in the real (and sometimes a little dry) world of academics. Don't let this, or the hefty 700 pages, put you off, beacuse at the centre is a good old-fashioned love story. Witch Diana and vampire Matthew's forbidden cross-creature love and their battle to be accepted will keep you hooked right through this and the next 2 books - we can't wait to read them!

Rating: 8/10

You'll like this if you liked: The Twilight trilogy

Publisher: Headline

Publish Date: Out now

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Steven Curphey

Is this the slowest plot ever? I have read three hundred pages of the 600 plus and all that has happened is that somebody has opened a book. I will finish it just because and because the actual writing is okay. Characters nice but come on I need some more plot to keep me going!!!

Helena de Oliveira

This book would not be one of my obvious choices, but thankfully I tried something different, so much that now that I finished I even miss the characters and houses! The author has adopted a different approach, innovative and at the same time conservative of a certain historical weight of the knowledge associated with the creatures. The descriptions are so powerful, rich and soaked up of feeling that it is easy to open our senses while reading, letting ourselves be carried away by words so easily that the world around us disappears for awhile. Very creative, without being silly, just the right amount of mystery, interesting spouts of magic, romance and blood that we can even smell on the words! And it ends just where it should end, without dragging but leaving an open door to imagination; when it will close, or even if it will ever close, I don't know, but for now it continues to take me from time to time to worlds where I have never been! Eagerly waiting to put hands and eyes in the next book!


Wow! I loved this book! As I'm not into Twilight or Harry Potter, this wouldn't be the type of book I would normally choose to read but I am so glad I gave it a chance! Do not let the length of the book put you off as it is so fast-paced I couldn't put it down and sped through it! It does slow down for a couple of chapters in the middle but as there is 40 something chapthers, this is only a small part of the story. The author has an excellent talent of describing the characters and places so that you can imagine them well. It has a cliffhanger of an ending so be prepared to read the next books! I know I will be!

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