A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1) by Deborah Harkness

A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

While studying in the Oxford library Diana Bishop accidentally opens up a bewitched alchemical manuscript while doing her research. Diana is actually a witch and she knows the script has been spelled but Diana tries to avoid any form of practicing magic.

After coming across the manuscript though Diana meets Matthew who is a vampire. Vampires and Witches are not supposed to be together but Diana and Matthew form a friendship when it becomes apparent that Diana’s unknowingly opening the manuscript has put her in danger and she’s suddenly being followed by numerous vampires, witches and daemons.

A Discovery of Witches is one of those books that I have put off reading forever because I was a bit worried about the length and what the pacing would be like with this one. Unfortunately it fell flat as I was afraid of with just being way too slow in my opinion. The biggest part of the first half of this is simply centered around Diana and Matthew and it seemed forever to get anything else really going in the story.

However, there really were some good ideas in here that I did enjoy. But again even with the good parts I felt the author seemed to drag the story down with a bit too much detailing to it. A few parts in here felt almost like sitting through a class lecture which was a rather unfortunate way to get some ideas into the story.

As for Diana and Matthew and the relationship side of things. This one would be for those that prefer a slow build. In this case a really really slow build. I did like the characters for the most part but there were a few times I was a bit iffy on Diana though. I think that was because of her lack of magical knowledge seemed to kind of contradict her being a scholar and made her seem not so smart at times.

Overall, this one falls for me somewhere around the 2.5-3 stars range since the pace just slowed it so much for me. If a good portion of this was edited down to make it not seem so incredibly long to get to the action I probably would have loved it.

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17 replies

  1. I was very curious to see what you thought of this and am very glad to see the end result ;).I gave this one 1 or 1.5 stars. Diana was a whiny doormat and the endless boring details…just *SIGH*.

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