Something About A Discovery of Witches Tugs At You

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I am an avid reader but I admit I can be a bit picky. To be completely honest, when I first opened my copy of A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness I wasn’t sure I was going to like it. You see, I get stuck on authors. Once I find one that I like I’m very loyal. I read everything they ever wrote.I tell everyone I know what a great author/book I just read. My only problem is letting new authors into my approved circle.I’m always willing to try someone new but it’s always with a little doubt in my head… They need to prove themselves to me before I’ll give myself over wholeheartedly. Deborah Harkness has easily done it with this book.

Diana is a witch who has tried for most of her life to ignore her magic. She’s devoted her life to science the most non-magical thing she can think of. Unfortunately during her research, she calls up an ancient alchemy manuscript (Ashmole 782) that has been lost for centuries and is under a magical spell. She unknowingly unlocks it and then quickly returns it to the stacks in the library where it will disappear yet again.

As magical creatures from all over (daemons, vampires and other witches) begin to follow and even threaten her, Diana ends up with an unlikely protector. Matthew. A vampire. An alliance between a vampire and a witch is virtually unheard of but the romance that will blossom is strictly forbidden.

Despite the numerous historical mentions and the scholarly learning type stuff, this book is about love. A parents’ love -- as Diana finds out the truths behind her parents death so many years ago. A forbidden love -- as Diana and Matthew fight first their own instincts, then family prejudices and finally an ancient law just to be together.

Together they will start to unravel the secrets of Ashmole 782. Matthew and Diana must work together to help her learn how to unlock her magical powers as they travel together down in this journey fraught with danger.

Something about this book tugs at you. It is steeped with tidbits of history that make you sigh and want to know more about that particular time. It pulls you in so deeply that you lose yourself completely in it time and time again. I had a very hard time putting it down. I don’t think I need to confess to the number of nights that I sat here engrossed in this book while the hubby (watching TV beside me) would ask repeatedly if I was ready for bed before huffing off to bed alone. Minutes or hours later I’d look over and he’d be gone. Oops.

Book One has started the All Souls Trilogy off with a bang. Now I will sit impatiently waiting for Book Two to be published (2012 for those of you wondering) … Most likely, I’ll do what I do with all my favorite books -- reread it several times to make sure I didn’t miss any tiny little tidbit of knowledge. Now quickly, rush out and read it yourself and then come back and tell me what you thought!!

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