I just inhaled Deborah Harkness’s A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES. I was so carried away by the story that I read this brick of a book in a couple of days.
Diana Bishop comes from a long lineage of witches, but the mysterious death of her parents causes her to shut her magic away and live like a human. While working in Oxford University as a historian, Diana uncovers an old book that clearly has a spell on it. Against her better judgement she opens the book and finds that it is actually two books, one an alchemical book and one with hidden writing.
Her finding of the book brings vampire Matthew Clairmont into her life. At first Matthew thinks he is protecting Diana, but soon their feelings becoming romantically entangled. But it is against the laws of both witches and vampires to fall in love with another creature, and soon forces more powerful than Diana has ever experienced try to keep her away from Matthew. But little do these shadowy forces know Diana has more power than they ever thought possible and Matthew never lets go when he falls in love.
This is a great bite-your-hand-forget-to-breathe love story. It moved quickly and the writing was excellent. It’s a fabulous fantasy with elegant world building and a unique magic system. I usually shy away from supernatural romance and I am not much into vampire stories, but Matthew Clairmont stole my heart completely. If you like the sound of A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES, you also might like the following books.
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