2019 | Adult Fiction | Fantasy (adult) | Paranormal (adult) | Romance (adult) | Vampires (adult) | Witches (adult)

Book Review: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

4. February 2019


Fantasy / Paranormal / Romance / Vampires / Witches / Adult

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.



A Discovery of Witches has been my very first adult fantasy book, and I could not be more happy about it. This book is such a wonder when it comes to fantasy, and I cannot understand how I’ve missed it for so many years. It’s such an interesting story that takes place in Oxford – where Diana Bishop, our main character is researching manuscripts surrounding alchemy. She’s exceptionally bright, but the people around her doesn’t know she’s a witch. She doesn’t really want to be one, and has been avoiding using her powers her whole life. That is, until one day, when she picks up Ashmole 782.

What I loved about this story was this whole idea surrounding the idea that creatures like witches, vampires and daemons are around us. That witches tend to go as normal people, but live in houses that are a little further away from humans. That vampires have used their immortality to gain endless amounts of knowledge, often becoming incredibly rich and powerful. And that daemons are creative, and often end up going crazy because of it. I loved that Diana was unlucky enough to inherit her parents’ powers, and that her life has been “normal” up until she’s unlucky picking up a manuscript that has been lost for thousands of years.

The characters are so well played, and we don’t really meet a lot of characters; so it makes us get to know every character well. All though we follow Diana, we also follow Matthew, the incredibly handsome vampire whom takes Diana under his wings. They start off as friends, but becomes more in no-time, which kind of annoyed me. But I felt like that aspect of the story was kind of redeemed in the end. Now I’m just excited to jump into book two as fast as possible. I believe this story is only going to become more interesting as we go on!

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