It started out with such promise...the story was great but then it turned into an adult version of Twilight except it was a witch and a vampire instead of a human and a vampire. Longing love, sappy looks.
There is a story hidden in there but then the love story gets in the way of a engaging tale about history and alchemy. I hope Harkness will get to it in the next book..yes, it is a sequel.
I'm a mother of 3 kids ages 3-6! I love to read but don't have the time. I found that audiobooks are the thing for me! I can't get enough
I am a fan of the science-fiction and paranormal. I have read so many books pertaining to the supernatural. This one did not disappoint! I just wanted to listen to it all at once! I would definitely recommend it to anyone!!
Can't wait for the next one! Great story..the narrator was exceptional, transitioning from one character to the other, never missing a beat with the accents. I couldn't put it down.
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This book was a wonderful surprise. I stumbled upon it had no idea of the treat I was in for. A Discovery of Witches has the heart fluttering paranormal romance that I love in a vampire novel but is written for more sophisticated reader. Harkness writes beautifully. The plot slows quite a bit in the middle, as Harkness develops the relationship between the main characters. While some may find this to drag, it does give the reader the sense that this is a real relationship. Similar Vampire books leave the reader hardly able to believe the intensity of the relationship, but not so here. I felt completely invested in all the characters, even the secondary and supporting characters. Harkness really understands the intricacies of the world she created.
The narration was right on. I believed the narrator was Diana every second. When she did the voice of 500+ year old French vampire, I believed it. A vary tallented narrator. If you like vampire/witch novels as much as I do, you'll be thrilled to discover A Discovery of Witches.
I confess that as a lover of witches, vampires and all things magical I may be biased. Great escape … just the right amount of history and suspense and mystery. Left me wanting more!
Yes it is Twilight for Adults, and yes parts are typical Paranormal Romance. But thats not the problem, the problem is that you just stop caring about the characters pretty quickly. And the lead character is annoying in an almost pre-teen way. And the lack of closure or even an attemp to move towards it is just rude. I want every one of my 24hrs and 2min back.
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.