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Review: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Title: A Discovery of Witches

Author: Deborah Harkness

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Fantasy

In short: A well written paranormal romance.

No spoilers

The premise for A Discovery of Witches is simple: a vampire and a witch fall in love. Does this make A Discovery of Witches basically Twilight for adults? Kind of.

There is a broody, over-protective vampire in the form of Matthew Clairmont. He’s a knight in shining armour with a kink. He drinks blood. Diana Bishop could certainly be compared to Bella Swan. She is so often a deer in the headlights in this book. Forever in need of protection, despite the fact that she’s actually the most powerful character in the book (I seriously hope her deer- n the headlights status changes in the next book). So yeah, it’s fair to compare this book to Twilight as like Twilight A Discovery of Witches is first and foremost a vampire love story. Yet it is so much more than that.

A Discovery of Witches is a mystery. There is nothing I love more than watching characters try to understand the world around them. I lap up characters who have tormented pasts. I wonder what sort of plot twists might come due to a character who has lived hundreds of years. More than that, I love reading about love. A Discovery of Witches manages to serve up all of these things on a silver platter.

I adored the settings for this book. Oxford. A castle in France and a farmhouse in America. It never once felt as if the book was heading no where and I’m very interested to see where the book is headed next.

My only qualm with the book itself was its sheer size. There are scenes which could have easily been cut from the book entirely. There are also a few important characters which are introduced far too late in the novel. It was a little weird. But overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

I’m rating it 4/5 stars.

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