Book Review: A Discovery of Witches

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All Soul’s Trilogy (#1)

Author: Deborah Harkness


Pages: 579

Goodreads Synopsis: Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

Adding to this synopsis: One of these creatures that happens to descend upon the library is Matthew de Clairmont, a Vampire who wants the book for research purposes. But as Diana and Matthew learn more about each other, they enter an area unknown and forbidden.

Review: So here’s the thing, I’ve read this trilogy before. In fact, this was one of the only books I’ve ever picked up before because of it’s cover. Yes, you read that right, because of it’s cover. Anyway, I met someone over the Spring and told her about this story — she ended up loving it and was so happy I told her about it. Which ended up giving me the itch to re-read the story.

A Discovery of Witches is like mixing Harry Potter and Twilight together if those two stories were about adults, had very adult like writing and nothing stupid (sorry Twilight, you were kind of stupid). Matthew is well, he’s a Vampire that you never want to see leave the page. Diana is this woman struggling with who she is when she finds out secrets about her family. The two of them together are the lead in this, I don’t feel like one is supposed to be more the lead character than the other to be honest. Also– the trailer above is, of course, of the new T.V. Series Matthew Goode is the perfect Matthew de Clairmont for this story. I squealed happily when I found out he was the lead. This is just a fun read, I mean, I finished it in like 3 days, I couldn’t put it down and I honestly think it was better the second time around.

Of course there’s magic, history, a love story and a vampire but there’s also a lot about love, friendship, and trust in this first of three stories. Matthew isn’t used to having to trust someone and Diana isn’t used to accepting who she is — something that a mere human can understand and relate to.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5 stars

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