You cannot imagine my excitement when A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness came up for review less than a hour after I almost bought it at the store. I have been looking forward to reading it ever since it came out, and let me tell you I was not disappointed in the least.* Read more >
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. Read more >
When Deborah Harkness' book, A Discovery of Witches, arrived in the mail, my first thought was that this book would be a great summer read. At nearly 2 1/2” thick, it looked like one of those books you could settle into and savor for a week or more over the summer. Read more >
A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness, was a pleasant surprise.
I admit, I was looking forward to a nice read, even though I was leery of the premise: Witch meets Vampire and they can’t resist forbidden love. Trite.
And yet, there’s more to this story than that.
Much more. One just has to forgive a few things in the first chapter to find it. Read more >
Set primarily in three physical locations (Oxford, Britain; near Lyon, France; Madison, New York), yet throughout history via manuscripts and anecdotes, A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness is a mildly entertaining first novel for the reasons outlined below. The protagonist, Diana, is a witch born to two witches who have “too much power” (pg. 7). Read more >
Deborah Harkness paints a rich world around Diana Bishop, the last in the lineage of two powerful families of matriarchal witches. She has given up witchcraft to study -- of all things -- Medieval manuscripts about alchemy. But her life changes forever the week a genuinely magical manuscript lands on her desk and an ancient vampire enters her life.
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Have you ever done something and wanted to do it again, but no matter how hard you tried, you were unable to do it? Something like shooting a perfect free-throw shot twice, or combining the perfect spice pairings when creating a new meal, or even taking a perfect photograph with just the right lighting? If so then you have something in common with Diana Bishop, the main character in Deborah Harkness' debut novel, A Discovery of Witches. Read more >
When I think of the main characters of Deborah Harkness' A Discovery of Witches, the quote by Virgil that says “love conquers all” is the first thing that comes to mind. Matthew and Diana are two creatures whose paths were never meant to cross, but when a common interest brings them, and a whole slew of other creatures, together, their lives are changed forever. Read more >
Most people have a side of themselves that they don’t want to admit is there. Maybe you have a bad habit you wouldn’t want anyone to know about. Maybe there’s someone in your family that is always embarrassing you. Maybe your taste in music or movies could be seen as “odd” or “nerdy.” Whatever it is, most people have something to hide.
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I admit I was not sure what to expect from Deborah Harkness' book, A Discovery of Witches, but jumped at the chance to read it. Witches, vampires, daemons, oh my! It sounded right up my alley. Read more >