A Discovery of Witches is like Twilight for a Grown Up Audience

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I was admittedly skeptical about reading A Discovery of Witches to review. I am not one of the legion of vampire fans at all, and it would never occur to me to pick this book up in a bookstore. However, I was pleasantly surprised by Deborah Harkness' book about not only vampires, but witches and deamons as well.

The story follows the discovery of one Diana Bishop that her lifelong efforts to deny her powers as a witch have failed. In doing research on alchemy, this scholar comes across a manuscript that other vampires, witches and daemons have been searching for. For some inexplicable reason, she is not only able to obtain the manuscript but also has the power to open the book, which apparently has never happened before. Enter Matthew Clairmont, vampire extraordinaire, who has his own reasons for wanting the manuscript. Diana and Matthew begin an uneasy truce, which in time leads to a romantic relationship-one that is taboo for both vampires and witches.

One of the things I found most appealing about this book is how the author, Deborah Harkness, combined history with everyday occurrences, explaining everything happening to Diana Bishop by taking her back to her past. Not just her immediate past, but her family history dating back centuries. I am always fascinated by the irrefutable fact that our presents are interwined with our pasts, and I really enjoyed the spin the author put on it. She made the world of these otherworldly people living among us seem not just believable but almost as if they are a given.

Deborah Harkness may not have made me a fan of the vampire/witch genre as a whole, but she has certainly made me a fan of hers. I will definitely be reading the next two books in her trilogy. After all, I need to find out the rest of the story!

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