Release Date: February 8, 2011
Read it in: 3 weeks!
Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell. Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice, but it is as contemporary and sensual as the Twilight series-with an extra serving of historical realism.
Finally I am done with this book. It took me like three weeks to read it. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness is such a long boring book. I tried soooo hard to like it. I mean so many people are raving about this book but I just couldn't get into it. It was Twilight for Adults (and I liked Twilight). I read through all kinds reviews on this book and I keep reading the same thing Edward= Matthew. The book is extremely long and full of unnecessary details. I can't believe it is going to be a trilogy. To be honest I made it all the way to page 520 out of 600 pages but just decided to stop. I started skimming but thought I might as well just look up the ending on the internet.
I will say though I loved some of this book. I loved the idea that the plot was creating, I loved the locations, I loved the mixture of witches, vampires, and deamons. But that was about it. This book needs a new editor. I mean how much more can I read about wine? What does it smell like, where is it from, blah blah. Not that great.. pass on this if you don't want to read long long long details.