A Discovery of Witches

I just finished A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.

It’s the first book in a trilogy series about a 21st century historian of alchemy named Diana Bishop, who also happens to be a witch.  Although she has never practiced witchcraft.  While doing research at the Oxford Library, Diana calls a book Ashmole 782 from the stacks and immediately knows there is something special, something wrong, something important about this manuscript.  Frightened and not wishing to use witchcraft to learn more, she sends it back to the stacks.

In walks to the Bodleian Library Matthew Clairmont, a geneticist at Oxford who also happens to be a 1500 year old vampire.  He also wants Ashmole 782 and is intrigued by this witch, Diana Bishop.  That’s when all the fun starts, because daemons, witches, and vampires have been looking for this manuscript for centuries.  And daemons, witches and vampires don’t like each other, but Diana and Matthew become an unlikely team.  So the story begins…

I really enjoyed reading this book.  There were historical references throughout the book, which I didn’t know and liked learning about.  There is drama.  There is romance.  It’s a story of family.  There is the struggle between good and evil.  It’s over 600 pages and I couldn’t put it down.

I’ve already started the second book – Shadow of Night.  Stay tuned.

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