Review: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

I was hesitant to read this book after learning the leading man was a vampire, but despite my annoyance with the ridiculous influx of undead books lately, I couldn’t pass up the chance to read a good witch book. Thankfully, author Deborah Harkness does not disappoint.

Young historical genius, Diana Bishop, is busy researching ancient alchemy texts when she unknowingly calls a book from the stacks that has been long hidden. Her brief encounter with this forbidden tome unleashes an ancient feud and scary secrets. Soon daemons, vampires and witches are flocking to Cambridge University. But Diana wants nothing to do with the magical world, despite her prestigious witch ancestry and the electric magic flowing inside her. When the mysterious and dangerous Dr. Matthew Clairmont, a well respected researcher and a vampire, steps in to help, Diana’s small, quiet world is tipped up-side-down.

Beautifully written and well researched this paranormal novel is a wicked delight. The vampire, Clairmont, is so refined, intelligent and sexy that it’s easy to forget what he really is. Brimming with sophistication and intrigue, this is an enjoyable read, despite its length. I really enjoyed the magic and the characters. It was slow at parts, but always picked back up with a bang. I didn’t realize this was the first in a trilogy until I got the end and nothing had been resolved. I hope the next one is just as good (but not as long).

The perfect read for the Halloween season!

Content note: Some tasteful sexual references, brief foul language and violence.


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