Thursday, June 16, 2011

Reading: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

A Discovery of Witches: A Novel
Oh gang, I just finished the most fabulous book. A Discovery of Witches is a little bit Harry Potter, a little bit Twilight, a little bit Nora Roberts and a little bit Davinci Code.
Sure it required my embarrasing book camouflage, but it was so good that embarrassment bedamned I am telling everyone about this one.
This is the story of historian Diana Bishop, a witch who shunned all things magical after the mysterious murder of her parents during her childhood. That is, until she inadvertently calls a powerful, magical manuscript from the stacks of the Bodlein library at Oxford and attracts the attention of every magical creature around, including the handsome, debonair, stop-fantasizing-Melissa-he-is-a-fictional-character, Matthew Clairmont - vampire scientist.
A rollicking adventure ensues where Matthew and Diana fall in love (forbidden of course), and escape the clutches of a series of evil witches and vampires.
Oh it was great. Well written and full of history (Harkness is a history professor), with enough DNA related science to rouse the science geek in me.
Warning: this is book one of a trilogy, and the second one isn't due to come out until 2012. Dang it!
I'm sad it's over, and eagerly awaiting number two.

What are you reading? I could use a recommendation.


  1. Sounds good! I hate getting hooked on new, not all published yet series, though!

    I'm rereading The Thief of Time, a Terry Pratchett (Discworld) novel. If you haven't jumped in there yet, THOSE are laugh-out-loud funny, well developed characters, and there's a ton of them in the series, which can be read in any order. How about that?

  2. still travelling with mackayla and the sinsar dubh..can't wait to see how she works this out..every free minute on the deck i try to read chapters..this one sounds like it should be my next has all the stuff i like so i will add it to my ereader..

  3. Ooooo, sounds like a good beach read.

    I'm reading "Shelter Me" by Juliette Fay right now -a little rambling, but good characters (if you like books by Anna Quindlen or Anne Tyler, it's the same sort of writing). I'd give it a B+. Planning to read a lot of middle school books this summer in preparation for fall doing my practicum in a middle school - next in line, The Hunger Games.

  4. I just finished "Rave Stole the Moon" by Garth Stein. I love his books - they are very quirky and this is no exception. An interesting excursion into Alaskan mythology with romance, heartache, and mystery all thrown in!