A Discovery of Witches – Deborah Harkness

Book Description

A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together. 

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. 

Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice, but it is as contemporary and sensual as the Twilight series-with an extra serving of historical realism.

My Thoughts

While I was on my nightly search for „Books similar to Outlander“ I finally came across `A Discovery of Witches` by Deborah Harkness. To be honest- I wasn´t sure if I should even put this one on my mile long TBR list or not. But I´m more than happy I did.

They said this series could be compared to Outlander… They said this story had a touch of Twilight in it… but they ( whoever „they“ are ) weren´t right. `A Discovery of Witches was just as fabulous as Outlander and far better than Twilight- or at least far more interesting and mature.

To make a long fangirling session short: I loved this book. Everything I could ever ask for in a story was in this great read.

  • Top notch romance

  • great character development

  • tons of emotions

  • life threatening events

  • magic

  • historical facts

I have absolutely nothing to nag about. I hardly come across a book that´s so wonderful and full of life like `A Discovery of Witches`.

The story about Diana and Matthew will take a reader on an exciting and adventurous journey and will capture any readers heart from the start.

A witch and a vampire?

Normally, I´m not so huge on paranormal stories. I´ll read books that include vampires and I´ve enjoyed a few, but this one was the best so far. Although the main characters are a witch and a vampire I couldn´t help but feel like they were just normal, everyday people trying to survive life. They obviously weren´t. They were 2 creatures who fought to keep their species a secret AND trying hard to find a book that holds the key to every creatures existence.

On the Hunt for an Existing / Non- Existent Book.

During her research, Diana stumbles upon an unusual book. And ever since she´s opened and shut the ancient volume vampires, witches and daemons start showing alot of interest in Diana, especially Matthew, the mysterious vampire. What was in the book that was so important to the other creatures and why were they all of the sudden invading her personal space when they´ve never done that before? And why can´t she stay away from Matthew when she knows better not to get involved with his kind?

There was SO much to take in while reading this book but it SO worth it. What got me most was the slow growing relationship between Diana and Matthew and how both dealt with their struggle to

  1. stay alive

  2. fight whoever meant them harm

  3. finding themselves individually

  4. find answers to their very existence

along the way. When Diana and Matthew reach the point where they realize they can´t really stay away from each other things get more interesting and much more dangerous for them and those around them.

I´ll tell you this- their relationship takes a reader on a whole new romantic level. There´s nothing sappy or overly lovey-dovey in this story…it´s just…deep and meaningful. Diana and Matthew share something rare and powerful and it nearly knocked me out of my knickers.

I would love nothing more than to go into MORE details but I can´t. Not without giving anything major away. There´s so much information in this one that I simply don´t know where to start and what to leave out. Just take my word for it- You´ll love this book. A highly recommendable read.

The Cover- 5 stars ( I´m a huge fan of covers WITHOUT faces or bodies- it leaves more to the imagination)

The Story- 5 magical stars ( chewing on my own fingernails while reading 720 pages…THAT hardly happens. )

The Characters- 5 stars ( Jamie Fraser- there´s cometition in the house! His name is Matthew Clairmont! And Diana….that woman gets to be my fictional BFF!)

My emotional state after finishing this book – excited! I wanted to be a witch and a vampire!

I´m giving `A Discovery of Witches` ( book 1 All Souls Trilogy) by Deborah Harkness 5 out of 5 stars.

Be sure to get your copy now on Amazon.com. click here and enjoy the story!

3 thoughts on “A Discovery of Witches – Deborah Harkness

  1. Hey amazing review! My partner is reading that series in Spanish! He is totally hooked! Mike the French to the wine like the Russians too vodka!
    I like what he says about book because it has some touch of fiction history mixed with super natural creatures! I like you review because it matches what we think about the book… He was so outraged with that Goodreads ratings hahaha the book is so good. We do not understand why people are giving such hard reviews.
    We are not such fans of Outlander because of the author but I see what you mean! Great review really fair and we liked that you gave it the five stars on everything !!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. 🙂 Omg, you have no idea how much I love this book / trilogy. My paperbacks are beaten up. Lol. I´m afraid I have to buy new ones because I´ve been rereading them so often! Your partner has really great taste if he likes the book. It´s just a nice work I totally appreciate.

      What what what? Goodreads reviews for A Discovery of Witches aren´t that good? I haven´t checked those.

      What´s wrong with Diana Gabaldon? Is it her writing you don´t like about her?

      I´m happy to have found DOW fans. 🙂 with you and your partner. Which book is he on at the moment? 1,2 or 3?

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      1. His copy is beaten up too haha so I think that is a normal status for these books haha he is really picky when “picking” up books to read XD not as easy as I am haha
        Don’t check them … they are so annoying haha I mean some of the ones I have seen are bad, but I haven’t been able to complete reading one XD
        She twitted something one day that I don’t agree with or I think it was super rude haha just some personal and idiotic “grudge” haha
        He is currently on the second one 🙂 and his review is coming some day this or next week haha and sure, you can totally talk with him about the book XD he will love to :3

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