Admittedly, I had had this book on my reading list for years before finally getting around to reading it. My friend Hitha first recommended it to me, and since then, Amazon constantly recommended it to me as a book I would certainly like. I mean, I do love historical fiction, supernatural stuff, etc., so yeah, it seemed like a given.
Eventually, I snagged myself a copy. In truth, it took me a bit to get into this one; but once I did, oh my gosh, the obsession is REAL. This is actually the first book in a series of three books; the first of which was just made into a mini-series on AMC.
Honestly, I think for the same reason I felt this book had a slow start, I wound up absolutely adoring the book and it’s characters. These books are all about the nuances, the descriptions, and the detail. My goodness, the detail. The level of historical details in this fictional, supernatural world, is astonishing. Harkness’ writing is incredible. She leaves you hungry for more. Everything about this book is compelling and I’ll be sure to update you all once I’ve inevitably whipped through books two and three.
Per the book’s description on 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.