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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

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Oh I had such high hopes for the contents between your beautiful covers. It's not often that a book lets me down like this.

I wish I would have taken notes about all of the things in this book that rubbed me the wrong way. I will, however, give you a basic run down.


- I loved Diana to start with. She was a strong, interesting main character. She then slowly turns into a magical version of Bella Swan.
- The vampire's favourite foods are nuts and berries. Really? REALLY?! That makes them as menacing as the mighty chipmunk!
- Again with the Twilight parallel: When Matthew leaves (and this is where it breaks with Twilight, it is established that he will return) Diana loses her shit and acts like the end of the world is nigh. When your boyfriend leaves for the weekend or even the week, do you really fall apart from the sheer pain of being apart? Didn't think so.
- Major drama revolves around whether her boyfriend's mom is going to like her or not. I thought this was supposed to be PNR, not one of those romance novels with the cowboys on the cover.
- I wanted to punch her Aunt Sarah in the face. Repeatedly.
- Diana calls the vampire Matthew sired her son. WTF?


tl;dr : I don't recommend this. I feel like I should have invested my time in a better paranormal novel like [b:The Passage|6690798|The Passage (The Passage, #1)|Justin Cronin|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327874267s/6690798.jpg|2802546]. ( )
  plaeski | Dec 16, 2014 |
At first I didn't like this book because it came off as pretentious. Things got better after the first hundred pages or so. Overall it was well written and I ended up liking the characters and the story. Finally, a fantasy novel with a love story that isn't targeted to teenagers or a romance-novel-in-disguise. The pace of the story is also good, which I was worried about with a 600 page book. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. ( )
  ladonna37 | Dec 7, 2014 |
I'm editing my review now that I have finished the series.

The series starts out promisingly, with a strong protagonist trying to overcome her flaws, a quirky family, an exciting discovery, and a sexy forbidden romance blossoming.

As the series goes on, the exciting discovery is drawn out into what I imagine the author intended as a suspenseful mystery, but becomes annoying and frustrating instead, as the author's skills at creating suspense are lacking.

The romance, as most forbidden loves, goes against conventional wisdom of what is healthy behavior in a relationship. It's one of those romances in which a powerless (she's a witch but has little power) woman meets a sexy, dangerous, controlling, rich vampire with a rage problem. That could be exciting, I guess, if it were a little more honest about the likely outcome of such match. But this isn't that kind of book.

By the last book, I was having trouble finishing the series because the writing didn't flow, the lack of suspense made the read frustrating instead of exciting, and the characters kept revealing an appalling lack of judgement.

I'm leaving my review at 3 stars, but my rating for the overall series is closer to a 1 or a 2 star rating. Don't bother. You never will find out who created that manuscript, or why.

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1 vote RobinWebster | Nov 28, 2014 |
I thought this was a beautifully written story. I enjoyed this story and characters much more than I anticipated. However, I do tend to enjoy books that have the historical, magical, time travel, mystery, paranormal, education, and of course massive libraries and books! ( )
  murphyrules | Nov 27, 2014 |
I thought this was a beautifully written story. I enjoyed this story and characters much more than I anticipated. However, I do tend to enjoy books that have the historical, magical, time travel, mystery, paranormal, education, and of course massive libraries and books! ( )
  murphyrules | Nov 26, 2014 |
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"With books about fictional witches, it’s all too easy to fall back on tongue-in-cheek descriptors like “enchanting” or “spellbinding,” but both adjectives aptly describe the superbly entertaining saga Harkness has crafted. This is a riveting tale full of romance and danger that will have you on the edge of your seat, yet its chief strength lies in the wonderfully rich and ingenious mythology underlying the story. Entwining strands of science and history, Harkness creates a fresh explanation for how such creatures could arise that is so credible, you’ll have to keep reminding yourself this is fiction."
 
As will be obvious by now, this is a very silly novel. Characters and relationships are stereotyped. The historical background is a total pudding. The prose is terrible. And yet, the ideas have just enough suction, somehow, to present an undemanding reader with some nice frissons. I liked, for example, the way Diana tries to sublimate her magic powers in running and rowing and doing yoga – at a mixed vampire-witch-daemonic yoga class, participants struggle not to levitate during their vinyasas. And I liked the way Matthew and Diana smell to each other like Jo Malone candles: Diana is "horehound, frankincense, lady's mantle", Matthew is "cinnamon and clove".
 
"a thoroughly grown-up novel packed with gorgeous historical detail...Harkness writes with thrilling gusto about the magical world. Whether she's describing a yoga class for witches, daemons, and vampires or Diana's benignly haunted house, it's a treat to suspend disbelief. ... As the mysteries started to unravel, the pages turned faster, almost as if on their own. By the most satisfying end, Harkness had made me a believer.
 
"a romantic, erudite, and suspenseful first novel by Deborah Harkness. The first in a planned trilogy, it sets up blood drinkers and spell weavers as enemies for eternity in a feud as old as the Crusades; the duo confront social disapproval and intolerance as they elude evildoers and puzzle out enigmas throughout history. ...Harkness attends to every scholarly and emotional detail with whimsy, sensuality, and humor.
 
The protagonist is a witch. Her beau is a vampire. If you accept the argument that we’ve seen entirely too many of both kinds of characters in contemporary fiction, then you’re not alone. Yet, though Harkness seems to be arriving very late to a party that one hopes will soon break up, her debut novel has its merits; she writes well, for one thing, and, as a historian at the University of Southern California, she has a scholarly bent that plays out effectively here.
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It begins with absence and desire.
It begins with blood and fear.
It begins with a discovery of witches.
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For Lexie and Jake, and their bright futures.
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The leather-bound volume was nothing remarkable.
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The King just sits there, moving one square at time. The queen can move so freely. I suppose I'd rather lose the game than forfeit her freedom.
´Normal`is a bedtime story - a fable - that humans tell themselves to feel better when faced with overwhelming evidence that most of what's happening around them is not ´normal`at all.
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A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together.

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.

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Witches, vampires
And daemons all want to read
Book on alchemy.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0670022411, Hardcover)

Amazon Best of the Month, February 2011: It all begins with a lost manuscript, a reluctant witch, and 1,500-year-old vampire. Dr. Diana Bishop has a really good reason for refusing to do magic: she is a direct descendant of the first woman executed in the Salem Witch Trials, and her parents cautioned her be discreet about her talents before they were murdered, presumably for having "too much power." So it is purely by accident that Diana unlocks an enchanted long-lost manuscript (a book that all manner of supernatural creatures believe to hold the story of all origins and the secret of immortality) at the Bodleian Library at Oxford, and finds herself in a race to prevent an interspecies war. A sparkling debut written by a historian and self-proclaimed oenophile, A Discovery of Witches is heady mix of history and magic, mythology and love (cue the aforementioned vampire!), making for a luxurious, intoxicating, one-sitting read. --Daphne Durham

Ten More Books for Readers of A Discovery of Witches

Interested in learning more about magic and science?

I may have written a novel, but I’m still a history professor! Here are some reading suggestions for those of you whose curiosity has been stirred up by the story of Diana Bishop, Matthew Clairmont, and the hunt for the missing alchemical manuscript Ashmole 782. All of the titles here are non-fiction, and inspired some aspect of A Discovery of Witches.

Elias Ashmole, Theatrum Chemicum Brittanicum: Don’t be put off by the Latin title. This is a collection of English alchemical texts that were gathered by Elias Ashmole. The missing alchemical manuscript that Diana finds in the Bodleian library is not among them, alas, but if you are interested in the subject this is a fascinating glimpse into the mysterious texts that she studies as a historian.

Janet Browne, Darwin’s Origin of Species: Books That Changed the World: Browne is not only a great scholar, but a superb writer. A highly-regarded biographer of Darwin, here she turns her talents to writing a “biography” of his most famous book—and one of Matthew Clairmont’s favorites, as well.

Owen Davies, Grimoires: A History of Magic Books. If you are interested in the history of magic and witchcraft, Davies’ description of the development of magical spellbooks will provide insights into how ideas about magic, science, and nature developed over the centuries.

Carol Karlsen, The Devil in the Shape of a Woman: Witchcraft in Colonial New England. Diana Bishop is descended from a long line of witches. You will find out more about some of those witches—the Bishops and the Proctors—while reading this classic interpretation of what happened in Salem in 1692.

Robert Kehew, Ezra Pound, and W. D. Snodgrass, Lark in the Morning: The Verses of the Troubadours. Matthew is a very old vampire, who has slightly old-fashioned views on love and romance. You might be surprised at the love poetry of his early life, and come away with a whole new appreciation for “old-fashioned.”

Bruce Moran’s Distilling Knowledge: Alchemy, Chemistry, and the Scientific Revolution. This marvelous book is not only deeply learned but extremely readable. Touched with Moran’s sense of humor and his compassion for his subject’s tireless efforts to understand the natural world, you will come away from this book with a new appreciation for the alchemists.

Alexander Roob, Alchemy and Mysticism. Diana Bishop is an expert on the enigmatic imagery that is used in alchemical texts. Many are included in Roob’s book, along with other illustrations from mystical and magical traditions.

Lyndal Roper, Witch Craze: Terror and Fantasy in Baroque Germany. This scholarly book was important to me as I wrote A Discovery of Witches because it helped me understand how the belief in witches influenced the imagination. Many of the notions we have about witchcraft today have their roots in these terrifying fantasies.

James Sharpe, Instruments of Darkness: Witchcraft in Early Modern England. Sharpe’s book is an ideal starting point if you are interested in the history of witchcraft beyond Salem or Germany. One of his most controversial arguments focuses on the role that women played as accusers—not just as victims—in the witchcraft trials.

Bryan Sykes, The Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry. I was fascinated by the combination of history, genealogy, and science in Sykes’s work. The book provides an introduction to the study of genetics, and to the legacies that are carried from generation to generation among the population.

--Deborah Harkness

(Photo of Deborah Harkness © Marion Ettlinger)

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Witch and Yale historian Diana Bishop discovers an enchanted manuscript, attracting the attention of 1,500-year-old vampire Matthew Clairmont. The orphaned daughter of two powerful witches, Bishop prefers intellect, but relies on magic when her discovery of a palimpsest documenting the origin of supernatural species releases an assortment of undead who threaten, stalk, and harass her.… (more)

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