A Discovery of Witches Has More Depth Than Twilight

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Any book with forbidden love and vampires is going to be compared to the Twilight series. There's just no getting around it. However, I'm delighted to share that A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness has more depth, more mystery, and much more of an intricate plot that the Twilight series.

I enjoyed the Twilight series, don't get me wrong, but the Twilight story appealed to the young, romantic girl inside me, while A Discovery of Witches spoke more to the intellectually, mature woman I've become... or that I strive to be.

In all the vampire novels I've read, and trust me, I read just about every vampire saga written, this is the first story that has really touched on and given me insight into how awkward a relationship between an immortal and a moral would be. Sure, other books broach this subject, but Deborah Harkness attempted to take on the challenge of a vampire-relationship in terms of the history and the secrets in a different manner and on a more intellectual level.

That being said... I didn't fall in love with the main couple. I was definitely intrigued, and I enjoyed the storyline, but I wasn't swept up in the romance.

On the other hand, I was completely swept up by the sensory delight (the flavors and smells were three-dimensional), the mystery of this magical manuscript and the strong sense of history & science behind their discoveries.

No spoiler alerts here, but the way the story ended leaves no doubt in the reader's mind that this is only the beginning of a surely fantastic series of this magical story. And, I'll definitely keep my eye out for the sequel.


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