A Discovery of Witches

A Discovery of Witches

by Deborah Harkness

Debbie Weiss (12/06/12): Diana Bishop is an American scholar, studying for a period of time at Oxford University in England. By the way, she is also a witch, the daughter of 2 very powerful witches, who died many years ago. While in the library, she comes across an enchanted manuscript and this mysterious book attracts many other witches, vampires and daemons to the university. Even though these non-human creatures are not supposed to get along, Diana becomes romatincally involved with a handsome and brilliant 1500-year-old vampire, Matthew Clairmont, who wants to protect her from all the evil creatures that have gravitated to the university and who want to harm Diana. I found the story silly overall and while I did think that it was written well, it never really grabbed me and I was never very excited to pick it up to continue reading once I had put it down.
Rating: ***

Jodi Roberts (04/01/12): What an enjoyable book! It wasn't long before this became an "I can't put it down" type of book. Okay, there were areas that could stand some improvement and it certainly isn't perfect. However, overall, it was quite fun. One might consider this a grown-up version of "Twilight," and there will most certainly be comparisons. Don't make that mistake, as this story is far more complex, more than teenage heart pounding angst. The worst part about finishing, the second of the trilogy has not been released! Enjoy the references to alchemy and other historical literature, and, above all, have fun!
Rating: ****

Wanda Cohen: I enjoyed this book. It was easy to read even though it contains quotes from Alchemy texts and poetic verses that require reading through more than once. The story itself is not your typical Witch, Vampire, Daemon tale. It's more intricate and more compelling. I hope there is a sequel as it ends during one of the most exciting part. I recommend this book. I couldn't put it down. It isn't up there with The Help or Water For Elephants but it's still entertaining and enjoyable
Rating: ****

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