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Saturday, July 9, 2011 | By: Traci

Review: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah E. Harkness

A Discovery of Witches: A Novel
Rating: 4 out of 5

A Discovery of Witches: A NovelSummary: Diana works very hard to appear human, so much in fact that she rarely uses magic. You see, Diana is a witch and after her parents died, Diana swore of magic, much to the dismay of her aunts. Currently, she's a history professor at Oxford college studying alchemy texts. One day, Diana calls a book known as Ashmole 782 from the depths of the library to study, but something about it doesn't quite seem like a regular manuscript. It seems to ripple when she touches it and she can almost feel the magic radiating from the book, however, she just puts the book back like nothing happened. And then, they come, vampires, more witches and daemons. They come seeking Ashmole 782. Everyone knows that Diana can somehow break the spell that holds the books secrets, even if Diana doesn't know about it herself. Matthew Claremont, a research professor, and vampire begins to befriend Diana and eventually turn into her protector. Diana and Matthew embark on a journey to keep Diana safe from those that wish her harm and to find a way for Diana to learn magic and take her rightful place in the world of witches.

My thoughts: This is a massive book. It took me quite some time to read. I'm just glad it's over. The writing is lovely but I feel that we're given so many little details that mean absolutely nothing that it becomes almost a pain to read. However, I did enjoy reading about Matthew and his family. True to many vampire romances you see now, Matthew is extremely protective, still very dangerous and will protect the one he loves at all costs. So if you really enjoy that type of vampire romance, you'll enjoy this book.

I also liked the details that Harkness came up with for this tale. I loved the house Diana grew up in, as it seems to have a mind of it's own. The house rearranges furniture, knows when visitors are coming as it adds new rooms that kind of thing. Also, the house is haunted so there are very many eyes watching the whole fiasco take place. Their commentary is well placed and quite funny to read.

Diana is a stubborn character, also quite common of these vampire/human type romance types. Her vampire lover is all to willing to keep her happy and he enjoys 'playing house' if you will. That was kind of annoying because it's becoming kind of over done, however the story line is good. The ending sets us up for another book and I believe this will be a trilogy so it will be interesting to see where Harkness goes with the second.


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