My First Vampire Book: A Discovery of Witches
As the title intimated, A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness was going to be just that, a discovery -- this book was my introduction to the vampire/fantasy genre. Initially I felt apprehensive and I am pleased to report the experience didn't suck! I was a little worried when I did not bond with our heroine Diana Bishop right away, but it wasn't long before I found myself spellbound.
This magical epic tale is an artful alchemy of romance and science, love and DNA, witches and vampires, that spirits you through time and history. The first novel of the All Souls Trilogy spans only forty days but they are action packed days and nights filled with clever twists.
Ms. Harkness' writing style along with strong historical and scientific references respected my intelligence and her clean approach to developing characters meant I had no difficulty suspending disbelief and becoming totally engaged with the fantasy aspect of the book. I will be honest, I was not expecting that the characters would be so real and endearing.
Her attention to detail and skillful descriptions allowed me to easily build images in my mind's eye of each character and scene. The author sparked my imagination with her words allowing me to taste the food and wine, smell the aromas, see the scenes and share the emotions.
An assigned read has the potential to be a chore but this book charmed its way into my week. A sure-fire sign of a good book is when it becomes my companion accompanying me where ever I go so that I can seize a precious spare ten minutes in the day to read. A book is a real winner when I find myself cooking dinner and reading at the same time. This book satisfied both those criteria and proudly sports some wear and tear from being dragged through my week with me.
I would recommend this book as a great "bury your nose in the pages and get away" novel. I would especially recommend it as a "My First Vampire Book" to those of us who might have been avoiding the genre because we don't enjoy horror. A Discovery of Witches is not the book I was expecting, it was wonderful and the only scary part was that when I put it down I realized that the second book won't be available until 2012!
Congratulations to Deborah Harkness, she has written a splendid book.