A big, huge thank you goes out to the publisher for sending me a copy of this book!
TITLE: A Discovery of Witches
AUTHOR: Deborah Harkness
GUEST REVIEW BY MY FRIEND SHARON
When I got A Discovery of Witches, I was excited since I had read It Was About Vampires and Witches. Then when I started, it was like, oh no, this is one of “those” books.... slooooooow. But I kept on. And I’m glad I did! Wow, it was thoroughly entertaining, and with so much more than supernatural beings. And I must state, that Miss Harkness does a great job of describing vampires and their lives (that’s been missing in recent vampire stories). It has parts history, alchemy, science and of course romance. It was an interesting read for about half the book, and then Matthew, who is a geneticist, came in and the story got much better .Not because of the “romance”, but of his personality. He has been around for so long and has done and seen so many things.
I got a bit fed up of Diana, who is professor/historian a few times, she is a little naive and wimpy (in my opinion), and I have a hard time with these supposed strong female women being all whiny. She is an educated, independent witch. Where is her witchiness? But that gets explained later, thankfully! When the Congregation starts using ugly tactics to get what they want, the Ashmole 782 and tap into her powers, things really start to pick up and get going. All this because she called for Ashmole 782 at the library in Oxford, and it turns out to be bewitched! I’m glad I finished it and so excited to start book 2 and I was lucky enough to have “Shadow of Night” right after. I would recommend this to anybody really, simply because it is not just a book about vampires or witches. It’s so much more than that.