A Discovery of Witches Review

A bit of a different post today boys and girls 🙂 I am such a book worm but not one that reserves herself for fine literature. There’s nothing I like more than delving into a world full of serial killers, murderers and all kinds of supernatural creatures. If I’m lucky my current read will feature all of the above. I liked vampire novels before they were cool and yes, I devoured the Twilight saga in the space of a couple of weeks and am not ashamed to admit it! I get so excited when I find a new series of books which sate my need for a supernatural escape and that’s why I want to share my newest find with you all: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.

I briefly mentioned this in my February Faves post but I think it deserves it’s very own book review! It is the tale of a witch, Diana Bishop, who discovers a seemingly lost alchemical manuscript. She is a scholar of Alchemy studying at Oxford university and has always shied away from her inherited abilities. Diana’s comes from a long historical line of witches however after the untimely death of her parents when she was 7, she refused to nurture her genetic talents and prides herself on the ability to study the mysteries of Alchemy without the help of magic. When she calls a seemingly normal book from the stacks one day, her world changes forever. This particular book may hold the answers to every supernatural mystery… not just the Alchemical answers she was looking for. Enter a devilishly handsome and enchanting Vampire by the name of Matthew Claremont and you have yourself the makings of a supernatural fairytale.

I absolutely loved this book, not just for the usual paranormal romance, but for the snippets of real history which are cleverly enclosed in the story. The author is actually a scholar of history, specialising in magic and science (you read that right) and you can tell from her writing that this is her true passion. I love when I find a fiction book that is enhanced with nuggets of truth – it just makes it so much more real in my head! The character’s relationship seems realistic (well as realistic as a witch and a vampire can be) and the writing isn’t drawn out more than it needs to be.

This book is much more than your usual paranormal romance… It’s a historical fantasy for grown-ups and I for one can’t wait to read the next instalment!


*I’m submitting this post as part of the Distinctive Chesterfields Book Review Competition! If you would like to enter too then follow this link for more information*

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