A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness

22 Aug

Format: Kindle Edition, 608 pages

Published: February 8, 2011
Publisher: Headline


Back cover blurb:

An epic, richly inventive, historically sweeping, magical romance. When historian Diana Bishop opens an alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, it’s an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordered life. Though Diana is a witch of impeccable lineage, the violent death of her parents while she was still a child convinced her that human fear is more potent than any witchcraft. Now Diana has unwittingly exposed herself to a world she’s kept at bay for years; one of powerful witches, creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires. Sensing the significance of Diana’s discovery, the creatures gather in Oxford, among them the enigmatic Matthew Clairmont, a vampire genticist. Diana is inexplicably drawn to Matthew and, in a shadowy world of half-truths and old enmities, ties herself to him without fully understanding the ancient line they are crossing. As they begin to unlock the secrets of the manuscript and their feelings for each other deepen, so the fragile balance of peace unravels…


My review:

Probably one of my favourite books of the year. Complex, smart, beautifully writen, full of UST and surprises, and Matthew Clairmont can climb in my window any night!

It has everything: witches, vampires, demons, time travel, Oxford, old manuscripts, historical figures, plots and violence, and quite a bit of humour. I mean, vampires doing yoga? And the fact one of the demons was Australian had me smiling, too. I love the red cover – probably more than the blue one of the hardback – and cannot wait until next year for the sequel. I have a sneaking suspicion who the third witch on the Congregation is and I need to find out if I’m right!


My rating: 5/5


4 Responses to “A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness”

  1. Maryse's Book Blog November 3, 2011 at 5:17 am #

    I’m late to the “Discovery” party, but I just finished it last night. I enjoyed it well enough too. I fluctuated however between extreme satisfaction to moments of boredom (on occasion – with some of the exploration and book research), but there were so many memorable moments that made me smile. I LOVED her first dinner date with Matthew. Perfectly connected. The right amount of nervousness on her part, how she “researched” what he might eat, and his “humored” reaction to it all. And then… that scary moment when she asked him that question of “taste” – eeeek! Nice tension all around!


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