Book Review

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

A Discovery of Witches Book Cover A Discovery of Witches
Deborah Harkness
All Souls Trilogy
Viking Penguin
February 2011

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.

The only downside to this book was the fact that it was long and so very descriptive.

This book has been sat on my shelf since it came out in 2011. Yes I am guilty of that and you know what I don’t care.

The reason I don’t care is because I watched the TV series before this book and I honestly liked that better. There is just so much description that I feel like it just pulls you away from the story too much and that annoys me.

Apart from that I actually liked this book. That being in terms of it not being completely overrun by mythical parts of the story.

The story centres on Diana Bishop. The last in the line of Bishop witches. She is an extraordinary main character and shows us what a strong female character can be like. But some point in the book she becomes to dependant on a vampire and that’s just bad. Especially if you are trying to portray a strong independent female character

Overall, I liked this book. It did lack in some terms but that is okay.

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