Review of A Discovery of Witches ~ Two Bloggers One Book

June 20, 2019 Book Reviews 12

Review of A Discovery of Witches ~ Two Bloggers One BookA Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Published by Viking Penguin Pages: 579
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

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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.

Also by this author: Shadow of Night

Here is what I thought

I remember listening to this book back when it firstΒ  came out which was a few years back and I enjoyed it, but I had really forgotten a lot of it. Then I watched the TV show and a new obsession began and I wanted to read it again! So I dragged my buddy reader along with me…lol. So check out Barbs review once you look at mine. πŸ™‚

Discovery of Witches is a book set in modern days where there are not only humans but creatures. Their are Vampires, Witches and Daemons and Diana is a witch but she doesn’t want to be so she pretends to be human. She is a historian working in Oxford and is completely happy, but now and then her magic comes out. She needed some alchemical manuscripts for her research project and she request them from the Bodleian (big fancy library) and one of those was Ashmole 782. While looking at it something strange happened and it frightens her so she puts it back really quick. It doesn’t take long though for rumors to spread about the witch who took out an Ashmole manuscript they they all think is the lost one they have been looking for centuries.

One of those looking for the manuscript is Matthew de Clairmont a vampire. He believes it holds the origin story for all creatures and has been looking for it for a very long time. So he decides to try and get close to Diana to see if she has it and doesn’t believe her when she says she put it back because you can’t take books out of the Bode. He is not the only one who starts following her and coming into the library and before you know it seems like creatures are everywhere.

For Matthew it starts out with him just wanting the manuscript but then he soon starts craving her which means he is wanting hers for his own but creatures are not allowed to intermingle. Diana doesn’t know anything about this as she tries to stay out of the magic world and soon starts to fall for Matthew. When Peter Knox keeps bugging Diana for the manuscript and threatens her Matthew takes her home to France where they grow closer.

So basically this is a paranormal romance with a bit of science and history and just a really cool story that I had a hard time putting down. The thing you don’t get in the TV show is a lot of backstory and lot more of the romance between Matthew and Diana and I wish they would have made the season longer to include some more things. That though is something else…lol. I might have read this before but I don’t think I fell for the characters as much the first time as I did this time. I absolutely feel for Matthew (swoon) and I really liked Diana’s courage (though at times I thought she was a little too courageous, I mean vampires!)

I pretty much loved everything about this book and I am giving it a higher rating than last time my taste have probably changed though I gave it 4 stars first go around so it seems that I liked it but didn’t love it like I do this time. πŸ™‚ I feel like I could go on and on about this book as I am so obsessed, just ask Barb! πŸ˜‰

If you like romance, complex paranormal creatures a bit of science and history then you will really enjoy this one! I highly recommend and even though I am suppose to wait till next month I have already started on Shadow of Night! πŸ˜‰ I would say Shhh don’t tell Barb but she already knows. πŸ™‚

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12 Responses to “Review of A Discovery of Witches ~ Two Bloggers One Book”

  1. Priscilla Bettis

    I have this book, but I’ve been afraid to read it because the premise didn’t sound all that exciting to me. I’m so glad to read your reassuring review! I think I would like the book.

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  2. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    Yep, I already know. And in fact, I would start it too but that darn NOS4A2 is still in the way. I’m so glad we are loving this series – even if you might be a tad more obsessed than me πŸ™‚

    • Stormi

      Yeah, you should read it first because I think the show is missing a lot even though it’s still good! πŸ™‚

  3. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    This has been on my TBR since it first came out but I’ve never actually read it. It’s a little outside of my genre and the page count always scares me off but I think you’ve really convinced me! I have an audible credit to burn so this may be the time!

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