07 September 2012 ~ 0 Comments

A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy) by Deborah Harkness

I enjoyed this book, let me say that first. It was really good. Maybe I’m getting a little burned out on vampires and witches and paranormal, but I felt like I have read 20 books just like this in the past couple of years. Yes, there was some uniqueness going on with the cross species and throwing a bit of a curve later on in the book, but the middle of it was SO tedious that getting to the end nearly didn’t happen.

Honestly, had I not been so invested in the characters, I would have likely stopped reading it. Much of the middle third of the book does very little to move the story forward. I’m always also a little confused by the vampire romance thing too. I get the mystery and all that, but they’re always described as being cold. Dude, I don’t want anything stone cold cuddling up to me at night.

Having said all of that, it was very well written (just needed more editing) and it was an excellent story, that just had a little too much of the popular genre stuff these days.

Recommended for paranormal fans, especially vampire and witches with a little romance tossed in.

In a sparkling debut, A Discovery of Witches became the “it” book of early 2011, bringing Deborah Harkness into the spotlight and galvanizing fans around the world. In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and the descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript deep in Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates with her leading man, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont. Harkness has created a universe to rival those of Anne Rice, Diana Gabaldon, and Elizabeth Kostova, and she adds a scholar’s depth to this riveting story of magic and suspense.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Book count for 2012: 18

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