Title: A Discovery of Witches
Author: Deborah Harkness
Star Rating: 5 (CAWPILE: 9.93) G from Book Roast’s CAWPILE video
Oh. My. Gosh.
I don’t think I’ve loved a book this much, since I read The Chosen (Contender #1) by Taran Matharu last year. It’s obviously a very different series, and I’m quite late to the All Souls trilogy as the first book was released in 2011. I honestly don’t know why I waited so long to read it!
I loved that it had old world creatures intertwined with the modern world; witches and daemons, and vampires interspersing with humans. I also thought that the weaving of real-world history and people into the story, and characters was interesting, and brought a certain depth to the story.
The novel was beautifully written, the descriptions creating vivid images within the mind, and the characters were vibrant and alive.
While I did not like a number of characters, I still appreciated the part they played in the story. They make Matthew and Diana stronger as people, as well as strengthening their relationship, as well as some of the characters closest to them – despite the pain and destruction that they wreak.
I am just in love with Matthew and Diana as characters as they compliment each other so well, and their chemistry is palpable but doesn’t come across as instant for me which I liked. I also admire how old-fashioned Matthew is (not surprising, considering how old he is and when he was reborn as a vampire haha), and love the vast library of books from different eras that he has at his family’s castle.
I started reading Shadow of Night today and I’m not too far in – I’m only up to Chapter 2 of the first part of the book – so I don’t feel like I can say much on how I feel but it’s looking good so far, and I’ve already let out a few bursts of mirth haha.
If you’ve read this and the following books in the series, what did you think of them?
You have wings. Believe in them and yourself, and you will fly.
P.S. Keep your eyes out for a mention of A Discovery of Witches in an upcoming post.