Sunday, February 13, 2011

(21) Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Oh my goodness!! So much to say!

It is very rare that such an epic novel comes along that (pardon the puns - and there are going to be a lot of them) I just want to devour. I could NOT put down A Discovery of Witches. It is part The Historian, part Harry Potter, part Twilight, part Dan Brown novel, and completely enchanting.

Diana is just minding her own business at Oxford. Working hard to prepare her keynote speech when she calls up a book from the archives at the library. Little did this scholar know that the manuscript in question was going to change her life and force her to accept her past. For, Diana is a Witch. She has denied her heritage for nearly her whole life, pretending to live as a human and pretending that Vampires and Daemons are really just part of folk lore. The manuscript in question attracts the attention of not only other witches and daemons, but the very handsome vampire, Professor Matthew Clermont. With Matthew's help Diana sets off on a journey to discover the truth about her family and her past. Will they be able to keep their relationship professional or will they risk the wrath of creatures everywhere by falling in love?

I absolutely LOVED this book. At 592 pages, do not be intimidated by the size of this story, it is a very fast paced read that incorporates mystery, intrigue, romance, thrilling suspense, and the key element of enchanting magic. The characters are well written and the author did an amazing job of getting us into the heads(and hearts) of Matthew and Diana. I can not tell you how utterly enchanting this book was, I am saddened that we have to wait so long for a sequel. Move over Edward, there is a new vampire in town and he does NOT sparkle!

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