Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Discovery of Witches

A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together.

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.

What I liked:

This book grabbed me from the get go. It had a plot that carried me from the first page until the last and beyond. The characters felt real, the conflict was believable and it left me wanting more.

What I didn't:

The only thing about this book that I didn't like was that it ended. There will be more, but I reserve my right to hold my breath until the next one comes out.


If you enjoy supernatural books at all, you should run, not walk, to your nearest bookstore and snap up this book. I received this book as an advance copy from the publisher and knew as soon as I started reading that is was going to grab me. Yes, it is a tome. You won't mind and it will leave you thirsting for the rest of the story. An excellent read!

5 out of 5 stars.

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