This book is like a history lesson, Twilight and Harry Potter all wrapped up into one! Full of true history references, this has an adult story that is going to be made into a trilogy! This is written by an actual history professor at USC.
I have listened 3 times to this book and it does not get old. Can't wait until the next one comes out!
This read is my box of chocolates, my guilty pleasure and after four listens I only want more. It is intimate, intellectual and satisfying. Thank you and hopefully the next book is shortly forthcoming!!!!!!!
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.
I'll admit, I'm only a third of the way through this book, but they pitch it as a "horde of vampires, witches and demons descend on the library." What they should really say is that it's another of those stories about incredibly old and powerful, sophisticated, charming, handsome and sensitive vampire decides that out of all the women he's ever met, THIS woman is the one for him, but his hunger for her makes it so he can barely restrain himself at any time around her, so he sits looking longingly at her from across the room (when he's not protecting her). So far, they've had dinner a couple of times, opened a dozen bottles of wine, all of which they go into extensive descriptions of the scents of lavender, and other flavors... blah, blah, blah. Basically, most of this story so far is one long, extended date, at one table or another, eating one food or another, and drinking one wine or another.
Oh, and in this story, vampires can walk in the daylight, eat regular food, and live just fine off hunting deer, or any other animal, as long as they drink, or eat it raw. So basically, it's the vampire version of being a vegetarian - all the powers, none of the stakes or downsides.
So far this is a romance novel mismarketed as a fantasy book. It's not **quite** bad enough to put down so far, and I'm desperately hoping that it will improve.
Like many of you, I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audiobooks allow me to keep up with my favorite authors. I am currently listening to 'Undead and Unstable' by MaryJanice Davidson, because 'Yours, Mine and Ours' is still not available. Grrr.
A Discovery of Witches starts out really strong. The academic world populated by extremely, stubborn know-it-alls created by Deborah Harkness is an accurate one, which does make this book stand out. Unfortunately, it finishes weakly and the sterling female character at the beginning of the story becomes just one of the large number of two-dimensional characters in this genre by the end. The main male character is never fully realized. All of these aspects culminate in a story that closes without any resolution. Normally, I would find this frustrating, but this story wasn’t intriguing enough for me to get frustrated or really even care if there is a follow-up. The narrator, Jennifer Ikeda, is fantastic.
I just finished A Discovery of Witches and I have to say I really enjoyed the book. I am on the edge on how to describe this book. It was very long and seemed to go into a lot of detail’s that confused me about things that might or might not have been or will be important. Also I liked the narrator but in the first few hours I got confused at who was talking, the voices all sounded very similar to me but as the book went on either I got use to it and was able to pick out who was who easier or the narrator started to differentiate between the voices more. Either way by 5 hours into the book it was easier to know who was who and I liked the voices she did for each character. And even though there was not a lot of action until towards the end of the book it was not boring to me it was like being let in on the everyday life of close friends (the good, the bad, the exciting, and the mundane). I broke my rule about reading the first book in a series when they first come out for this book, normally I like there to be at least two books out so I can go right into the next one if I am hooked. I have to say even though I really enjoyed this book I wish I had waited until the next book was out because now I really want to read more of the story and find out what happens. Even though the book was 24 hours long I felt like we were just getting started when it ended. I enjoyed the characters and the narrator and cannot wait to listen to the next book in the series, I hope it releases fast.
I bought this audiobook because the reviews were positive. However, let me warn you, if you are trying to find a book that is not similar to the twilight series, prepare to be disappointed. The book is beautifully written, the author gives detailed descriptions of well...everything, metaphors galore, but, its just much to much...at some point you get bored and want to skip till the good part...but the good part never comes, or maybe it will come in the next book...which i will not buy so ill never know. If you already watched or read anything twilight related this will be more like "been there done that" but if you haven't and want to waste your precious time in a vampire fairy tale, go for it.
I first saw this book in the local book store and overheard a store clerk tell a customer, "It's the author's first book and it is not very well written". The customer put it down and walked away. Boy, do I wish that I had already read it when that happened. I would have stopped that customer from walking away. This is a book that you should not walk away from.
After that incident in the bookstore, I too was leary of spending my credits on this book. I also read (and always do) the reviews here on Audible. The reviews do swing widely about this book and how people react to the book. I took the chance and purchased it.
Some have written that it is a "Twilight" for adults, and yes, to an extent, I do agree. Having said that, though, it should not be overlooked. It IS about witches and vampires, but it IS also about self-discovery and self-reliance. Wonderfully written and was albe to keep my attention throughout the story. The only complaint that I have is that I did not realize when I started the book that it is a trilogy! The book ended and I was left hungering for more...can't wait for the next.
Half way through Part One, I was spreading the news and encouraging friends to read. Half way through Part II, I was still enchanted enjoyed the trip to Matthew's home and meeting his mother was delightful. Have a problem buying into the parts of Diana not being able to use her powers to save herself from evil witches. But the Author did come up with a half way swallowable reason why her she could call her powers forward at times and after all it is fantasy. Got a bit boring in Part III, too many characters being merged together, Diana taking too much time to accept her powers and gain some backbone, then the dumb mistake of agreeing to unknown favors to save Matthew, and you think the ghost would have been more helpful. Found it enjoyable, narration was very GOOD, if I lost my spot in the reading, I did not mind re-hearing parts until I got back on track. The vampire Matthew was smart, protective and devoted all lovable and enticing characters, the heroine too was smart, brave and a bit native a good blend. Enjoyed the history lessons along with the story telling. The time travel story parts sound promising for the next book section, (but, I am a BIG fan of Diana Gabaldon's time travel series, and have to keep remembering not to judge the stories side by side, the same for the Twilight series, my ALL time favorite.) Looking forward to the next book, hope the narrator is still Jennifer Ikeda. Then after the second book, I will decide if the first book was worth enduring the boring sections in the first. Yes, a most promising series for readers who enjoy fantasy, love and a mature sex without all the red-face details.
This novel is very well written in parts and in some parts, not so much. The story is rich, brilliant and well thought out. The parts that bothered me were the parts that look like they were straight from twilight (glowing skin, weak heroine). Then there was the part that tried to hard (dinner, wine) that nearly caused me to throw my iphone out my window. I'm glad I didn't because once I got beyond that pretentiousness, the rest of the story was brilliant and left me wanting more. I agree with others that the ending could have been better. The great thing about brilliant series authors is they leave you wondering if there will be another book in a series. This one leaves you knowing that there will be. I'm sure she will work it out because I REALLY like this author!