Book Reviews

A Discovery of Witches-Book Review(No Spoilers)

Author: Deborah Harkness

Series: All Souls Trilogy #1

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Summary: “Book one of the New York Times–bestselling All Souls trilogy—”a wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter and Twilight” (People)

Deborah Harkness’s sparkling debut, A Discovery of Witches, has brought her into the spotlight and galvanized fans around the world. In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and a descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782, 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 tale of magic and suspense. The story continues in book two, Shadow of Night, and concludes with The Book of Life, coming from Viking in July 2014.” -From Goodreads

Review: This book was okay. I did enjoy it for the most part, but I felt meh about somethings.

The character of Diana was an interest, but she did feel like a damsel in distress at times and seemed to be standing on the sidelines doing nothing, even though this was in her point of view. I did like how she was book smart, including not being overpowered. Matthew was an okay male character. My feelings about him did begin to change as I read more of the book. The side characters were written interestingly.

The writing was good, though it did feel like the author overwrote things at times. Both the ending and part of the middle felt like that. I want to also mention Deborah did a good job of explaining the backstory of characters and of the world itself.

Besides all of that, I really did surprisingly enjoyed this book. I didn’t think I would. I liked the whole being in an urban London with witches, demons, and vampires mixed with science and historical fiction.

If what I mentioned in the paragraph above interests you, then pick it up and see if you like it.

Overall, I will be reading the next book to see where the story goes, the character developments, and if the writing gets a bit better.