A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

According to A Discovery of Witches, there are four types of beings on Earth,  humans, witches, vampires and daemons.  Diana Bishop comes from a long line of witches, but she has refused to use magic in her life.  She wants her accomplishments to be earned through her own hard work.   She is doing research in Oxford’s Bodleian Library when she requests and receives a copy of Ashmole 782.  She studies it quickly and returns it to the librarians not realizing this book has long been sought by other witches, vampires and daemons.  The book is enchanted and no one else has been able to find it for the past 150 years.   Soon after,  she meets Matthew Clairmont at the library and is drawn to him even though she knows at once that he’s a vampire.  He appoints himself Diana’s protector but as they grow closer, Diana has inadvertently set off a chain of events that will put her in harms way.

I have read and enjoyed The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova and the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer among others,  but this is Diana’s story, not just another vampire book.  Her character is brave, smart and likable and the mix of history and science makes this book a very interesting read.   I believe this is the author’s first book of fiction and you will find it  well plotted and well written.   The ending lends itself to a sequel and I would love to read more about Diana and her discovery of her powers she has ignored for so long.

Karen – Fort Mill                                           ISBN 9780670022410

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