Monday, September 23, 2013

Review - "A Discovery of Witches" by Deborah Harkness

In a sparkling debut, A Discovery of Witches became the "it" book of early 2011, bringing Deborah Harkness into the spotlight and galvanizing fans around the world. In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and the descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript deep in Oxford's Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates with her leading man, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont. Harkness has created a universe to rival those of Anne Rice, Diana Gabaldon, and Elizabeth Kostova, and she adds a scholar's depth to this riveting story of magic and suspense. And the story continues in Book Two, Shadow of Night. 

My review:

Diana is a young scholar who has based her studies on alchemy and what is fact/fiction.  She is also a witch so she is well aware of the supernaturals that roam the world.  Things were going great and then all of a sudden more and more the supernaturals are showing up around her and she doesn’t know why.  This is where Matthew Clairmont comes in and informs her that it is because of the one manuscript that she had summoned that was supposedly lost to everyone.  This sets a bunch of events into action, causing harm to Diana’s safety and throwing the two unlikely individuals closer and closer together. Can the two of them stop everyone from gaining the manuscript and what will become of Matthew and Diana? 

I started this book while I was on vacation back in July.  At first when I was reading it I was thinking “ugh! This is so boring” and felt I could do without some of the history and all that other stuff.  However as time went on, I started piecing together the current situations wit Diana, who is a witch and Matthew who is a vampire and really started getting into the story.  They two of them are polar opposites in many ways but they find themselves drawn together surround by many mythical beings who want the one thing that Diana can summon (a long lost manuscript).  I can say though that although I’m not 100% into this one, I am going to read book 2 to see what happens as the ending was rather abrupt. 

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