Vampire Book Review: A Discovery of Witches

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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

The New York Times deems book one of the All Souls trilogy a bestselling novel, and People says that it is “a wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter and Twilight.

Although titled a witch story, there are plenty of vampires, demons and witches throughout this book. To break it down, Harkness has truly written a vampire and witch tale for adults. The juvenile drama is definitely missing from the characters in the story.

Harkness is able to bring in true mythology of vampires with the history of the Bishop witches and the Salem witch trials, as well as historical facts throughout history.

This book is a book about a book. It’s clearly written with action, romance and a little mystery.

The main characters are Diana, a witch, and Matthew, a vampire. It doesn’t take long to see their mutual fondness, but attraction is only going to create more trouble for both Diana and Matthew.

Written in the twentieth century, creatures are not to intermingle, much less form personal relationships among those not of their kind. Basically, witches with witches, vampires with vampires and demons with demons.

Throughout the novel, Diana and Matthew must battle their attraction to each other, the Congregation, their families and traditions, Diana’s unbridled magic and the overall need for a mysterious book – Ashmole 782.

In order to protect Diana, Matthew takes her back in time to hide from the Congregation and to learn more about her powers. This is where book one ends. In order to find out if Diana and Matthew survive time walking and whether she learns how to unleash and control her powers, you’ll have to read book two: Shadow of Night.

If you want to read A Discovery Of Witches for yourself, definitely buy book 1 for less than $10.