A Discovery of Witches Helped Cure My Twilight Mourning
Years ago I read the Harry Potter series. I was immediately taken away into the paranormal world of wizards and witches. When I finished the 7th book, I seriously mourned that they were over, as I know many readers did. That world of magical creatures and hidden secrets was so enticing.
Then came Twilight. This series helped touch that nerve again. The vampires and creatures of the night intermixed with humans and emotions and magic caught me in a web. When I finished this series, I searched and searched for something to fill that void, but nothing quite hit the mark.
As soon as I began reading A Discovery of Witches, I recognized that the story had many similarities to both Harry Potter (the witches and wizards, unknowing humans, magical houses) and Twilight (the irresistible male vampire hero who badly wants to taste the heroine‘s delicious blood but won‘t allow himself, the forbidden love between them, wondering if the heroine will turn vampire). Some of it was so similar to Twilight that I found myself wondering if the author was trying to write a book for the people who needed that void filled after reading the popular series…
And I also found that I didn’t care either way because I was just happy to be reading another story that had these things in it. The story drew me in, though not as fast and hard as Harry Potter or Twilight, but I found the main plot interesting and enticing enough that I was happy to read to the end of the nearly 600 page book.
What fell a bit short for me, however, was the character development of the two main characters in the story, Diana and Matthew. In the beginning of the story their personalities started to emerge, sucking me in and left me wanting to know more about them. Then, mid-story, as they begin to fall for each other, it seems that both of the development of the characters ends and the focus is now on their undying love for each other and the mysterious manuscript that holds the secrets they are longing to know. Some of the trait’s the author gave them in the beginning totally disappeared and they became somewhat boring and predictable.
Still, as I mentioned, I loved reading about the witches, vampires and daemons. I like that there is a giant mystery that involves them and their families and that it was not solved at the end of the book, promising a sequel. I enjoyed the witch aunt’s home that spit out secrets as they were needed to the family members through a crack in the wall. But most of all, I love that in the next book, the main characters will be taken back to the 1500s England, a setting that always interests me. I want to pick up that second book, and in my opinion, that makes the first one well worth reading!