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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, published in 2011, is a book that I just now had the pleasure of reading. Its resurgence in popularity stems from the 2018 premier of the AMC TV show of the same name. I was so excited to receive this book for review from Carly-Rae, because it embodies everything I have always loved about reading: witches, demons, vampires, mystery, hidden secrets, forbidden romance, magic, and danger, all revolving around an in-depth plot filled with well-rounded characters. This book was neither an easy read, nor a quick one, but it was a book I have been longing to get my hands on. Witches and vampires are my favorite fantasy characters, and I knew this book would be just what I needed.

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The story centers around Diana Bishop, a witch who refuses to use magic, encountering a secret and enchanted manuscript; and Matthew Clairmont, an ancient vampire who has been searching for said alchemical text for centuries. Diana is not fond of being a witch due to her troubled past, but she soon finds she cannot hide who she is when demons, vampires, and witches with malicious intent are all eager to find the infamous manuscript she unknowingly stumbled upon.

These magical creatures are willing to do anything, even kill, to get their hands on the text and keep it from the other species. Diana has to set aside her misconceptions about vampires and lean into Matthew for help if she wants to survive. What starts out as a necessary partnership turns into romance, suspense, and a journey far from her home in Oxford to uncover the truths about herself.

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Genre: Fiction/ Romance/ Fantasy

A Discovery of Witches tells the story of Diana Bishop. A powerful witch who finds herself drawn to a vampire, Matthew. She must trust him to survive in this suspenseful novel.

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While reading this book, I switched between the audiobook and the physical book. Both versions of the story kept my attention the entire time. This was a five-star read for me and felt so magical and dangerous the entire time. Diana was fighting for her life, yet falling in love and finding her true self in the process. I loved how the relationship between Matthew and Diana unfolded. The forbidden aspects, as well as the sweet and tender moments between the two, had me rooting for them from the start. Absolutely no one wants them together and that just made them fight harder. Read this if you love witchy-feeling books with dangerous vampires. I am a huge fan of earthy, magical witchy reads that relate to Salem and potions and incantations. I am also going to swoon over vampires that are as dark and ruthless as they are cold and cunning.

Another brilliant aspect of Harkness’s storytelling is that the reader can feel the story’s depth and the author’s intelligence. Harkness is a scholar and it is obvious that she knows much about women in history and academics.

I immediately bought the next book so I could continue the story. The second book raises the stakes and I am excited to see how this story concludes.

A Discovery of Witches is book one of the All Souls a trilogy, and you will absolutely want to have the next book available as soon as you finish the first.

I know this book is over 10 years old–so have you read it already? Did you watch the TV show? The show is my next move once I finish book two. Let me know if I should review the rest of the series, because I will definitely be reading it. Do not miss out on this adult urban fantasy/fantasy romance book that is a perfect fall read.

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