I burned through a great book this week.
Have you read A Discovery of Witches? It's goooooooood. It's also long at 579 pages which was fabulous. I love a good book I can sink into and get lost in.
Now, this is not teenage fluffy vampire book (not that there is anything wrong with those.) There is a lot of history woven into the story but don't let that scare you off. What it does is gives so much substance and depth to the story and it's a very good story indeed.
The author, Deborah Harkness, is a professor of history at the University of Southern California and has won several fellowships, has written history books, and blogs about wine. The lady knows her stuff. Her writing is not stuffy or dull though- not at all. She weaves a fabulous tale, one of mystery, intrigue and suspense, and romance.
At the heart of the story is Dr. Diana Bishop, a modern historian and scholar who also happens to be a witch that has made it her life's purpose to ignore her famous and colorful lineage. Diana, an American studying and teaching at Oxford, requests Ashmole 782, a very old book for her alchemy research, only to discover it's charmed and full of magic. Unbeknownst to her, this book is in high demand in the magical world and opening it causes a chain of events she never imagined.
Enter Matthew Clairmont, an extremely handsome, brilliant geneticist that also has an interest in Ashmole 782 and as it turns out, Dr. Diana Bishop. Oh, and he's a vampire. Oh yes.
The tale that unfolds is one of magic, devotion, consequences and choices.
I must admit, I love reading magical fiction. I loved Twilight and Harry Potter and enjoy getting lost in the world of supernatural fiction because it's not like normal life. Sometimes, you just want to settle into a good book and to be entertained.
A Discovery of Witches was a great read because Diana and Matthew are worthy characters, real and flawed, despite of or because of their magical abilities. I simply cannot wait to know more and thankfully I just discovered that the second book, Shadow of Night is coming out July 10!
So tell me, have you read A Discovery of Witches? What did you think?
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