A Discovery of Witches: Impossible to Put Down

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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness is like a combination of Harry Potter, Twilight, The DaVinci Code, a thriller, and a good romance novel. With all the new spins on witches and vampires out there, it was interesting to read a version obviously written for an adult audience (no offense to J. K. Rowling or Stephenie Meyers!) and one that was so inextricably entwined in the rich worlds of academia and history.

There were so many layers to this book that it is hard for me to boil it down into a few simple paragraphs. It seems impossible that someone could know as much about so many subjects as the author does. The details on alchemy, history, biology, and even horses, tea, and rowing are astounding. Mix in the rich details of the various settings of the book (including Oxford, the French countryside, and a haunted house in Upstate New York), and reading this book is like stepping into a well-defined universe that one can easily get lost in. I cared about what happened to the characters and I stayed up late reading because I just needed to know what the next twist in the plot would be.

It took me a little while to decide why I was upset and disappointed at the end of the book, but I finally realized it was because when books manage to get me so invested in every single character and the unfolding of the story, that no matter how the book ends, I feel cheated because there is no more. I only get angry at books ending and not “telling me enough about the future” when I want to hear about every last detail of the rest of the characters’ lives.

I think it’s sufficed to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would be happy to read anything else Deborah Harkness ever writes. That, and I want her to write a sequel. Now.

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