A Discovery of Witches was an intriguing read. Deborah Harkness provided a stimulating and innovative plot, interesting details, characters I wanted to get to know and soon fell for, and intimacy that does not rely on detailed descriptions of sex scenes. It is apparent that Harkness has a strong background in history although I did feel some aspects were not friendly to someone who is not strong in history, specifically alchemy. There were certain scenes that did not quite fit but I am hoping will make more sense in the sequels (it’s supposed to be a trilogy). As long as Harkness continues the various aspects of her story and closes them within the trilogy I would maintain high ratings.
Like one of the other reviewers, this book captured my interest from the very beginning and held it until the end. Oh, I and did not want it to end! I can't wait to read the next two books and hope that they are every bit as spell binding.
I am puzzled as to why some people gave it such a low rating. Did they give it a low rating because there was a love story mixed in it? Clearly the relationship that develops between Diana and Matthew is key to the entire plot - that most likely includes the development of the story in the next two books.
I have never written one of these reviews, but I liked this book so much, I could not resist. I have also recommended this book to many friends - all of whom have enjoyed it.
Don't miss this one!
Given the current fascination with the vampire romance - the proliferation of vampire novels, tv shows, and movies - I don't think any reader can help comparing A Discovery of Witches to all of the other woman-meets-vampire romances out there. Are there similarities? Yes. What is the difference? This novel fills the niche of 'thinking person's vampire romance', dealing with genetics, history of science and alchemy, and European and American history in some detail. The tale's pace and focus is certainly geared toward the audience who is looking for a romance and a twist on the vampire/magical creature mythos that is well thought out and explored.
I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who is looking for 'action' or 'edgy' - and I imagine some would find the novel's fascination with history and science tedious. But, for those of you who have enjoyed other novels of this genre but felt a little miffed when the heroine dismissed notions of genetics and history because of lack of interest of understanding (science is hard!), this might be an enjoyable read.
Deborah Harkness invites you into a new and exciting world of vampires, witches and demons. The writing flows smoothly and every phrase pulls you deeper into this world and captures your heart and imagination. The only problem is the fact that this is the first of three books, and you hunger for the next one as soon as you read (or listen to) the last word.
There were some very nice images being created that seemed unique for vampire and witch literature. I did listen to the very end. I actually did not mind the story as love stories can go. I did feel some of the concepts were stolen from True Blood and other vampire/ witch type creations. But it still had some fun. What about an ugly vampire and even more ugly witch falling love, that might of been alot of fun. Try it or not Mon Coeur!!
Loved this book! "Twilight for adults" really is a good description. I was sad when it ended. Can't wait for the next one in 2012. Just wish it was sooner
I listened to this book 3 times last month. I found myself sitting still, just staring at the speakers, completely engaged by the story. This story is fantasy meets reality and I highly recommend this to everyone who enjoys fantasy fiction.
I can see by the reviews that you either love this book, or dislike it. I found it wonderful, the characters fantastic yet real and imperfect. But what stole the show was the authors use of history throughout the novel, just amazing. I blew through the 24 hours like minutes, and cannot wait for the second installment. It does take an attention span, but I can heartily recommend.
That's no reason to cry. One cries because one is sad. For example, I cry because others are stupid, and that makes me sad.
For the first part of this book, I was ambivalent towards the two main characters neither could draw me into a spark of interest in their rather picture book stereotypical heroine, and hero cookie cutter moulds. It was only when i continues to listen to this book, and make it to part 2, when they travel to France that a small fint and spark was ignited into me wanting to actually hear more. By the time the third part came along I was caught up in this world of intrigue, witches, vampires and demons and was throughly engrossed. Till I suddenly find I have to wait for the 2nd book. So it was a myriad emotions or lack thereof from ambivalence, to slight interest , to engross thrall, to anger that I will now have to wait.
If you can see your way past the Rowing, Yoga loving, tea sipping, voracious appetite for food heroine Diana Bishop and her insistence of trying to mimic us mere mortal humans...you might just grow to like this book. Though her character, in the last part should have succumbed to Juliette for all her hesitation and pontification on killing another person. Diana can be an irritating character, however the story is worth listening too :) good luck