REVIEW: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

FORMAT: audible/paperback


SERIES: all soul #1

SUMMARY: 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.

I picked up these book because I kept hearing good things about it, and so I wanted to give it a try. For a book that’s 579 pages it packed a lot of interest for me.

Loved all the characters. Diane Bishop is such a strong women even if she is trying to forgot her witch heritage. However thanks to Mathew she learns pretty quickly that she cannot hide from herself but embrace it. Edward Clairmont is such a dark character who happens to be a vampire. I loved how both of them have top careers and are smart. though some of that smarts went over my head. History and biology weren’t my strongest subjects in school. Also I loved Diane’s aunts and how there totally opposite from one another. Or Matthews mom who was a total hag to Diane, but ended up calling her daughter. Marcus is a total goofball that is a fine with me.  One character I don’t really get was Miriam she seems to hate Matthews. However she seem to have loyalty to him.
So these book has many themes like:
Mystery: over the Ashmole 782 which started this whole thing. Also we have the mystery over Diane about her witch powers and why she doesn’t do it.
Political: for there is congress for the supernatural that doesn’t like the fact that Matthew and Diane have fallen for each other.
Romance: they had such a up and down roller coaster effect kind of relationship. Which I loved experience.
Danger: Diane and Matthew are being hunted by there own kind and have to pretty much go from location to location to try and hide from them.

So in conclusion I loved this book and will continue on as soon as possible. I just loved how Deborah Harkness didn’t just make this into a love story between a witch and vampire but also added other elements. That kept me interested to get this massive book done in three days. The way it ended and how addicted I am now have me currently listening to the second book Night of Shadows and I can already say that it just keeps getting better.

Thanks for reading this long ramble review and hope that I may peak your interest.

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