Review: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

So the first time I read A Discovery of Witches, I really didn’t like it. I thought it was really boring and I had the hardest time getting through it- the characters seemed too pretentious and the storying seemed really drawn out and I didn’t see the appeal at all. Then, last year, Bee told me that I had to reread it, so I decided that I was going to pick it up again. Well, the actual picking up of the book didn’t happen until a couple of weeks ago (during quarantine), but I’m so glad I did! This book was so much better the second time around and now I’m super excited to read the rest of the books in the series (which should hopefully happen soon! Bee owns them, so I’m just going to borrow them next time I’m over at her place)!

A Discovery of Witches 4.5/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads: 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.

This time around, I really appreciated how much detail Deborah Harkness went into with all of the alchemy and all of the information around Matthew and Diana’s backgrounds and witches, vampires, and daemons. I loved how intense Matthew was. Their yoga classes with other witches, vampires, and daemons were some of my favorite scenes in the book! I also really enjoyed the time they spent together in France and the time they spent at Diana’s family home and man, after we got to that ending, book 2 needs to be in my hands ASAP. I also need to watch the show ASAP- I’ve heard such great things! Have y’all read A Discovery of Witches or seen the show? What do you think of either/both of them?

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