The Discovery of Witches – Deborah Harkness

I find it quite hard to categorize this book. On the one hand it is full of interesting historical detail and on the other it descends into a ‘mills and boon’ style romance. Having said that I found it a compelling read and I read it very quickly and I’m sure I will read the next installment.

Here is the blurb …

When historian Diana Bishop opens a bewitched alchemical manuscript in Oxford’s Bodleian Library it represents an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordinary life. Though descended from a long line of witches, she is determined to remain untouched by her family’s legacy. She banishes the manuscript to the stacks, but Diana finds it impossible to hold the world of magic at bay any longer.
For witches are not the only otherworldly creatures living alongside humans. There are also creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires who become interested in the witch’s discovery. They believe that the manuscript contains important clues about the past and the future, and want to know how Diana Bishop has been able to get her hands on the elusive volume.
Chief among the creatures who gather around Diana is vampire Matthew Clairmont, a geneticist with a passion for Darwin. Together, Diana and Matthew embark on a journey to understand the manuscript’s secrets. But the relationship that develops between the ages-old vampire and the spellbound witch threatens to unravel the fragile peace that has long existed between creatures and humans—and will certainly transform Diana’s world as well.

This book is a sophisticated version of ‘Twilight‘ – Twilight for grownups perhaps?


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4 Responses to The Discovery of Witches – Deborah Harkness

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  2. Hello,
    I noticed you read one of our other reviews, Coco Chanel, and would love you to stop by and tell us what you think of Michelle’s review of A Discovery of Witches:
    It sounds amazing, and if it is a grown up version of Twilight it should do well, especially as a lot of us have been caught up in the Twilight craze even in our 20’s and 30’s.
    Long live books!

  3. joey

    I really enjoyed this book. It was bit milss and bon sometimes but kept me reading and cant wait for next installment.

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