“A wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter and Twilight.” –People
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.
This book portrays, Witches, Vampires and Daemons in a completely different light which is refreshing and key to the plot. The characters are wonderfully described and interaction between Matthew and Diana is a breath of fresh air. Also, I thought the sexiness of Matthew was written with just enough of an edge as not to overdo and I can see why Diana fell for him even though it was taboo.
I hadn’t realized it was the first of a trilogy but by the last few chapters I was hoping for a continuation and once I looked at the author’s website I was thrilled to find the second book was available and can’t wait to read it.
This is my second book of the year to get a FIVE STAR rating. *****