A story about a reluctant witch who is supposedly the most powerful on the planet. I keep waiting for something to happen or solve or develop further and it's just not happening. The fun thing is the main characters are scholars of ancient manuscripts and it is exciting to imagine that life. Give the reluctance of Diana to be the witch she was born to be, a rest.
She was fine.
I am a clay sculptor and an art instructor at a community college. I mostly listen to audiobooks while I work in my home studio.
This book makes me want to stab something.
If you liked Twilight--no, let me rephrase, if you liked the "romance" and the female frailty and insipidity of Bella in Twilight--then give this crap piece of writing a go. If, on the other hand, you like your female protagonists to have half a brain in their head and be fully thought-out characters and individuals, then avoid this excessively long, action less "story" filled with stock characters of no depth and unclear motivations.
I actually kinda liked Twilight the first time around (though it doesn't have enough depth to re-read), maybe because of the pace. A Discovery of Witches does not have any action, at least we haven't seen any 400--I mean 13--looong hours into the audiobook.
At 13 hours, I am about halfway through the book. Currently I detest the main character and simply dislike all the other characters. The vampire love interest is a jerk who treats the main character crappy and keeps secrets from her for not other reason than, I suppose to further the lack-of-plot and "suspense." Except we are told that Mr. Vampire is really nice. Diana is totally impressed with Mr. Vampire for, I guess, being slightly less jerky than everyone else. Diana appears to have no other life or to do anything interesting. Apparently she is a big-shot historian but this seems to be her stock backstory rather than actually interesting in the book.
Mr. Vamp is a scientist. Diana is a witch. She suddenly discovers that she's a super-powerful witch, but doesn't know anything about it and everyone around her, including her erstwhile guardians appears intent on keeping everything secret until after she needs to know about it, like how witches are forbidden to "be" with vampires. Thus forbidden, rebel Diana instantly decides she has fallen in love. Good plan.
For the last interminable space of time during my reading, the vampire has told Diana she has to do whatever he says, the author has tried to get us to believe that Vampires are scary and also amazingly attractive. I don't believe either of them, I'm giving up.
Does something interesting happen eventually? Near the end does the protagonist actually do something or hold a thought in her head that doesn't directly relate to swooning over studly Mr. Vampire? I don't know and I probably never will.
I don't like to give up on books partway through, but I don't think I can possibly finish this one.
Unfortunately, no. Like so many others, I went into this book not being aware that it is a romance novel first and foremost, and a fantasy book second. The "story" (and here I mean what's left after scraping off all of the stereotypical romance machinations and plot devices - complete with the requisite horseback ride by the damsel and her masculine hero) is actually really good and involves a complex mystery with many moving parts and deep rooted secrets. However, unless you are a fan of the heavy romance genre, this book is not for you.
Yes, I need to be more careful to pick up a romance book masquerading as fantasy literature.
None. Too stereotypical.
Probably, in the same vein as the Twilight movies
This is a difficult book for me to review, as it pulls me in a number of different directions. My initial reaction was to dislike it. The first half of the book comes across as a “B-grade” romance novel, with the tall, dark stranger and the feisty young woman who resists his charms until suddenly she finds him irresistible. There is even a castle and a tower bedroom scene with hundreds of lit candles with their golden glow…how cliché! The basic story has strong echoes of Dana Gabaldon’s "Outlander" series. There is almost no action in the story until over half way through the book, then again once or twice before the end of the book.
The surface story is that of a love relationship between an ancient vampire (looks 37 but is actually closer to 1500 years old) and a witch (36 and looks her age) who is in denial that she is a witch. A real world analysis of the main characters leave the reader/listener with questions--can a Narcissistic vampire with relation addiction issues and Obsessive Compulsive traits have a meaningful love relationship with a woman who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Panic Attacks, as well as serious identity and abandonment issues? Can their relationship be anything other than a classic case of codependence? The relationship difficulties are exacerbated when the couple jumps into marriage about three weeks into the relationship…talk about impulsive! It’s a fictional romance…I know… but if this is some romantic ideal…and some people will take it for that…it is a dangerous and unhealthy ideal. I probably sound like the heroine’s aunt Sarah but she seemed like the only character with an ounce of common sense.
This is a long book, running about 24 hours in the audio edition. It could have been edited to about half that without serious harm to the story. Indeed, judicious editing would have significantly improved the book.
All of those frustrations and complaints noted, I have to admit that the book has a certain charm. The author does a decent job of creating the separate cultures of witches and vampires and the characters are consistent within the context of their respective cultures. Her description of the various periods of history which play into the story create a vivid sense of the periods. Her quotes from the literature of the various time periods are appropriate and not an intrusion. Further, as the story developed and more secrets were revealed the eccentricities of personality in both of the main characters, and a number of supporting characters, began to make sense. By the time the book ended, setting the reader up for book two of the trilogy, I was ready to move on to book two. I’ll probably be irritated with the second volume in the trilogy, as I was with the first, but no doubt I’ll want to continue on to book three and see how the trilogy ends.
Complements to the narrator. She does an excellent job keeping the voices for the characters distinct and believable. Her handling of the accents is admirable.
At first grounded in believable settings this story flies away into fantasy (at least I hope it is fantasy!) and the witch and the vampire float into the adventures as they try to find the lost book they hope hold the key telling why their populations are demishing. If you can listen to such a book and just enjoy the tale then it is a don't miss but I do not believe it is for everyone. It helps that Jennifer Ikeda does a great narration.
I really enjoyed this. I could barely put it down. Mathew and Diana are such an interesting pair. There were places in this book where I was taken completely by surprise and I loved it. I read a great deal so surprises are few and far between. If you're looking for horror or anything for that matter besides a well thought out PNR look elsewhere. This has a well thought out plot, good main characters and secondary characters. My only quibble and it's a small one is the set up in places is the library scenes do tend to go on a bit.
The narration is a treat. Wonderfully done. I'm so glad the second book is also done by Jennifer Ikeda.
Live in Roseburg. Widowed last January when my husband, best friend and soul-mate died of cancer. I love a good book.
Yes, it was one of those books you can go back and listen to over again.
Because of the time traveling element, I would compare it to one of my other most favorite series, the Outlander. And this series is just that good! I loved it for a lot of the same reasons.
Yes, I couldn't put it down.
I've always loved books. Even before I could read I've loved them. Fact or Fiction, I love books. I'd sooner read a book than see a movie.
I would recommend this to a friend or any book lover. Harkness has written a story which has something for everyone, a romance, mystery, drama, history, magic and horror.
There are so many, but without giving away any secrets from the book, I enjoyed the idea of witches, vampires and demons being more human than humans.
The vampire, Matthew. I loved it when he would speak french or with a french accent.
Oh I wanted to but it would have been very hard to since it's 600 pages and broken up into 3 audio books.
I can't wait to read (listen) to the sequel!
This book was so awful as a fantasy, it is definitely for romance lovers who just want to imagine kissing a nice vampire.
Well, she could be A) a better writer who uses less superlatives (set a record for uses of "delicious" and lengthy, boring descriptions of food that rich people eat) and relies less on tired re-treads of vampire love stories. THIS IS NOT A FANTASY NOVEL. It has no action, just a vague, quickly resolved mystery that devolves into a limp, vomit-inducing love story that has about as much charm as listening to two teenagers flirt.
Ham-fisted dialogue, flat characters, and absolutely zero knowledge of the two central interests of the protagonists: evolution, and wine. The author thinks century-old wine tastes amazing; her ignorance on this subject just shows how little research she does. The author also describes evolution so badly and confusingly that I am surprised the author passed biology.
All in all, stands out as one of the worst books I have ever read. I made it halfway and had to bail out on their second date; all the food was perfect, amazing, delicious...! Unfortunately, the plot may keep you interested until that point--I had to quit when my gorge literally rose from the dialogue and endless food descriptions.
Man, I wish i had my money back; even on sale, this isn't worth $5.
She could have used more excitement in her voice, but I think she realizes what a piece of junk she is reading, and does her best to make the $#$* palatable.
I would have cut the vampire character out and made the author re-write the story. it started out well...