A Discovery of Witches brought a world of magical creatures to life with bits or romance and mystery intertwined. Dr. Diana Bishop, a non-practicing witch, slowly discovers her powers are so much more than she ever thought after she is able to obtain a long lost manuscript, Ashmole 782. Read more >
Deborah Harkness' A Discovery of Witches isn’t a teenage vampire romance novel full of angst. Rather it’s written for the intelligent and mature reader.
Unbeknownst to humans, we share the world with witches, vampires, and daemons. Dr. Read more >
I wasn't at all sure I was going to enjoy this book. From the first few pages, it seemed like A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness was written for people who had more knowledge of Oxford and history and libraries and research and science than I had. I felt constantly out of the loop. Those early pages dragged a bit, if I'm to be perfectly honest here. Read more >
Orphaned as a young girl, the last witch in a long family line, Diana Bishop grows up to vow that she will live as a human, completely ignoring her true birthright as a witch. Dedicating herself to a life of logic, she becomes a historian doing research on alchemy texts in the Bodleian library at Oxford. One routinely ordinary day, while working on a project, she receives a requested text named Ashmole 782. Upon touching it, Diana knows that the book is tied to witchcraft. Read more >
A Discovery of Witches may have started a little slowly, but the story only got stronger as it went along. Deborah Harkness managed to find a way to weave an excellent story, pulling together characters and giving them full stories that make you want to read more. Read more >
My idea of a good summer read is book that you can take to the beach on your vacation that will transport you to another time and place. The best books will take you to a magical place that you've never been before. A Discovery of Witches is that kind of book. The world Deborah Harkness creates where a witch can fall in love with a vampire is the strongest element in the book. Read more >
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness centers around alchemy scholar Diana Bishop -- a witch by blood who has elected not to use her power. That's right. Someone who *could* clean their house with a snap of her finger, but doesn't. Clearly, she does not have a 16 month old child. Read more >
It’s the typical story of girl meets boy. Boy is tall, dark, and handsome, seemingly possessive of his quickly forming relationship and young fair damsel, and unfathomably rich, with a powerful and influential family. Oh, and he’s a vampire. Wait, what book were we talking about? Read more >
I feel like a giddy teenager. In fact, while reading A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, I had a vivid memory of stealing my Grandma’s old romance books and reading them under the tree. They might not have been the same quality of writing as this amazing novel, but I still had that same feeling of awe and amazement as I read through the book.
And, of course, I fell in love with the main male character just as I did back in the day.
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In the fall of 1998, I wandered into a bookstore with the purpose of burning a bit of time entertaining two small children and an infant. The bookstore had one of those horrid play areas for children and well, as much as I hate the IDEA of them, the reality is that day I needed a bit of diversion for the children. Said infant wasn't sleeping which meant neither was I. Read more >