This is my first review I've taken the time to write. This was so satisfying. The storyline was different than the normal witch and vampire book. I'm glad I took a chance and listened.
A Discovery of Witches is well written, intelligent and full of historical references. I enjoyed every moment and found myself annoyed when work and life got in my way of listening. I find myself longing for the moment Deborah Harkness writes the sequel. This IS the next great read and it will no doubt become a series that will be destined like it's characters to become a classic and read for many years. Mystical magic and creatures have long been intermingled with history and science. Applause to Deborah Harkness for bringing them to life once more and giving the reader a thought provoking ride that leaves them longing for the next turn of the page.
If you've read the Historian and liked it, you'll like this even better. While there are episodes of great action, it is a rich read to be savored and not rushed. It is well written and very well read. Excellent worth.
I am a readaholic! I will read anything - cereal boxes, etc. if there is nothing available. I have a long drive to work and back and listen to books every day.
I thoroughly enjoyed A Discovery of Witches and can't wait for the sequel! Yes, there must be a sequel due to the ending. I was anxious for each new step in the plot and loved the author's writing.
I liked the book, and would definitely recommend it. Think True Blood, in a more intellectual world with a little dash of Harry Potter magic and whimsy. Since this is the first in the series you can imagine how much character development there is (A LOT)! At first it did take a little bit to get into, it hooks you with the discovery of this mysterious manuscript...but takes a while to unravel. By the end of the book my blood was pumping and stomach a little fluttery, because I needed to know what was going to happen next. It's always exciting when the author has the ability to help the reader feel some sort of attachment for fictional characters. Needless to say I am very excited for the next book!
The narrator Ikeda takes a little bit to get used to because she has such an innocent voice, but surprisingly she can do a lot of different voices for all sorts of characters, which is an absolute must for good narrators.
You know its bad for you, but you just cant stop. Initially a promising story of academic research, a quest for a secret, and a society of supernatural beings the Harkness' novel soon lapses into a sticky sweet romance. You won't really be enjoying it, but still you wont be able stop listening till the ending -- which will still leave you somewhat unsatisfied.
I love this kind of fantasy when written for adults -- and this one certainly is. I loved 90% of it. As I approached the end,however, I kept wondering how the wonderful story was going to come to an end. WELL, it doesn't -- and I felt cheated. I am all for series, but when they are well done each book comes to some sort of conclusion. (The second BOOK builds on the first BOOK's semi-complete story.) This one does not. The plot progresses, of course -- and I loved the characters and Ms. Harkness' writing, not to mention Jennifer Ikeda's reading -- but it does not 'conclude' in any way. I will give it two stars for now and perhaps update the rating when she finishes writing the next two parts of this one book. (I will probably wait for her to write the third one, though, before I buy the second.)
I read the book first and really liked this story so I thought I would buy the audio. The narrator, Jennifer Ikeda, is excellent. She did a great job with voice and narration. I feel bad that others have knocked this story so much. It's not the next great American novel, but it kept me turning the page and then listening. I'm ready for it's sequel!
Being a person that is involved with today's magical community, I was very intrigued by this story. I love the sense of history and the uses of alchemical texts that are a major focus in this writing. The lineage of witches and vampire families add even more draw that kept me listening. As a pagan, the inclusion of the goddess Diana was well placed and not over used.
The book kept momentum until 2/3 way through. I was waiting for some major conflict & climax to come about and then the book ended leaving it without resolution or the want to buy the next book. I felt like my husband when we saw the first Lord of the Rings and he didn't know it was in parts.
If this book had said book one, or first in a series I guess I could have swallowed that better. Dedicating 24 hours of audio to a story line you want some type of completion to what you've invested in and that just doesn't happen here. I love the descriptions of how things feel and taste, really sets the mood but with the lack of closure, I really cannot recommend this book to people I know. Hopefully book two won't take forever to come out and answers will be more forthcoming. I don't mind a series, but let people know that it is one, tie up some loose ends or have a climax that makes you want to get the next book. Maybe after a second book i might be able to recommend it.