Book Review:
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Title: A Discovery of Witches
Author: Deborah Harkness
Published: 2011
Language: English
Pages: 579
Rating: 3/5

In the stacks of Oxfords Bodleian Library, a witch by the name of Diana Bishop unknowingly calls up an old, bewitched alchemy book for her studies. Wanting nothing to do with magic, she takes a few notes from the book, then sends it back where it came from.

But the appearance of the book has already set the magical world stirring, and now both witches, vampires and daemons are coming after her, seeing in her the key to a long lost treasure of knowledge.

This was a solid paranormal book, and a good start to what I imagine will be a very cool trilogy.

What I liked best about this was the world this is set in. I loved reading about witches, vampires and daemons, and learning about their different traits. I felt like the characters were pretty strong, and I very much enjoyed the different side-characters, as I felt they really gave something important to the story.

The only thing that bothered me a little bit was the romance aspect of this book. This is mostly because I didn't expect it, so I was a little taken aback. I'm not a huge romance fan, but for me it helps that the characters aren't teenagers, as it usually removes some of the angst that comes with teen love. The romance does happen quite fast though, so that was quite off-putting.

I think what made me enjoy it so much, was that when I realized it was going to have its fair share of romance, I just went with it. You have to take the book for what it is: a romance story with really fascinating magical elements. I am actually quite excited to read the next one.

Though it feels a bit slow at times, I would recommend this to people who enjoy paranormal romance with quite a bit of history to it. 

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Also: endpapers...



  1. Those endpapers are lovely! It sounds like an interesting book, but your mention of the romance aspect makes me want to shy away from the book too! Would you call this more romance novel than good ole-fashioned magic/fiction?

    1. It is very romance heavy, I have to say, but the magical aspect is pretty solid. You have to like a little romance to like this, I think :)

  2. I really enjoyed this trilogy, and I can't wait to see what the BBC does with the adaptation ;-D
    Oh, and your photo's are gorgeous!

    1. Oooh, they're doing a BBC adaptation? I must see it! :D


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