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Monday, March 21, 2011

Review: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

A Discovery of Witches*
by Deborah Harkness
Publisher: Viking Adult
Publication Date: February 8, 2011

Dr. Diana Bishop has been researching alchemical manuscripts and has stumbled upon a manuscript called Ashmole 782. Once she touches it she feels that her life isn't going to be the same. Her carefully crafted world that she has built without the help of magic is about to come crashing down on her and she will have to give in to her destiny. Having turned her back on her heritage she is about to be thrown head first into menacing vampires and threatening witches. The one bright side to this destiny is that it includes an intelligent and sexy 1500 year old vampire named Matthew Clairmont.

Matthew has been waiting for the day that the Ashmole manuscript would finally come to light. Of course, he isn't the only one. Other witches, daemons and vampires have been anxiously waiting too. Each species thinks the book holds different information. The witches believe it contains the source of all witch power past and present. The vampires believe the book explains the vampire longevity and strength and the daemons think it holds their story, beginning, middle and end.

Matt's original plan was to watch and wait with everyone else but for some reason his protective nature comes out when he is around Diana. Matt is a professor of biochemistry and he has been working on why the vampires seem to be dying out. He thinks Ashmole 782 will be able to tell him. What he didn't count on is falling in love with Diana. This leads to HUGE problems because it is against the covenant of the Congregation (made up of 3 members of each species) and the punishment is death. What no one else counted on either was Diana is also a VERY powerful witch. Her father was a Proctor and her mother was a Bishop from the original Salem witches.

Love, love, LOVED this book! Diana and Matt's relationship gradually grows throughout the book. Diana deals with a lot of issues including learning her new powers and finally coming to grips with her parents death when she was seven. I fell in love with these two and the sexual tension is excruciating! They were just perfect.  Deborah's story weaves thousand of years worth of history into an action packed masterpiece. She has built this fantastic world that had me turning the pages and clinging to every word. The writing had me crying with Diana, cheering Matt and Diana's relationship, laughing at the banter, and shaking with anger at the Covenant. Just magical and I didn't want the story to end! Since the ending seems to be left wide open I am hoping that this story does continue. Highly recommend this one!

Rating: 5 STARS


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*book was borrowed from my local library


Julie said...

I just bought this one yesterday, based on reviews like this one!