A Discovery of Witches (All Souls #1) by Deborah Harkness

Title: A Discovery of Witches (All Souls #1)

Author Deborah Harkness

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Type: Trilogy – Book 1

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Fiction, Magical World, Vampires, Witches

Primary Characters: Diana, Matthew

Narration: Single POV

It’s quite difficult to gather my thoughts well enough to manage a review. I don’t know how or where to begin. It isn’t like I didn’t enjoy, in the mean while I even struggled to understand some concepts. This book is just not about Witches or Vampires or Demons. Author has thoroughly done her research on several Modern and old concepts. At some point it did feel like information overload.

It’s an extremely lengthy book.  It took me ages to complete. I was so enthralled by it; I binge watched both series. This world is huge, and author has given a wonderful mix of humans and creatures. She has tried to give some sort of Scientific explanation and genetic combos.  Linkage between science history and present situation is good. Additional info on “History of science and its evolution” gives a lot to ponder for a reader.

Plot starts with protagonist Diana Bishop calling magical book, Ashmole 782, from the Bodleian library, not knowing its significance. Diana is a witch and comes from famous line of witches (Author has linked this situation to Salem Witch hunt). In a futile attempt to avoid the magical world she sends the book back, but she doesn’t realize that opening that book made her take the center stage among all 3 supernatural creatures.

Witches, vampires, and daemons have all lived lives separate from each other unbeknownst to humans who live in blissful ignorance. An old, powerful Vampire geneticist Matthew de Clairmont befriends Diana. As their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. Along with forbidden romance Diana and Matthew take a ride in uncovering the secrets of the book.

This book is so well-written. The author has a beautiful way with words, and her descriptions are eloquent and lovely. Flow of the book was seamless. The characters were strong and interesting. I really enjoyed the way Diana’s relationship with Matthew developed even though it was slightly haste for my taste. Storytelling is engaging and suspenseful.

Overall, author has masterfully woven together a nice combo of science, history, History of science, alchemy, manuscripts, family drama, love, and good old war. I highly recommend it for anyone.

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Blurb as per Amazon

Deborah Harkness’s sparkling debut, A Discovery of Witches, has brought her into the spotlight and galvanized fans around the world. In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and a descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782, deep in Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates with her leading man, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont.

Harkness has created a universe to rival those of Anne Rice, Diana Gabaldon, and Elizabeth Kostova, and she adds a scholar’s depth to this riveting tale of magic and suspense. The story continues in book two, Shadow of Night, and concludes with The Book of Life.

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