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Add vampires and bake at 350 degrees for about 500 pages – “A Discovery of Witches” and “Shadow of Night” by Deborah Harkness

“A Discovery of Witches” by Deborah Harkness, Published in 2011; “Shadow of Night” by Deborah Harkness, Published in 2012 

Okay, okay I freely admit that I have also been sucked into this vampire  phenomenon. I watch “True Blood” like everyone else and did read the Twilight books (yes, it is embarrassing).  Admittedly, it is getting to be a bit much STILL here we go.  “A Discovery of Witches”  series is another part of this whole supernatural cultural brew-ha-ha.  And it is pretty fun so if you would like to ride the whole vampires are so hip wave I suggest you give these books a go.

Diana Bishop comes from a long line of witches dating back to the Salem witch trials. She is a scholar in Alchemy and is working on a conference presentation while researching at Oxford.  Diana has spent her life suppressing her magic until one day, while researching in the library, she comes across an ancient alchemy book that seems to only respond to magic *cue spooky music*.   Of course the world is also populated by daemons and vampires.  One vampire in particular, Matthew, has taken an interest in Diana. But as soon as Diana finds the magical book – all of the other-worldly creatures begin following her.  Matthew very quickly becomes her protector and of course love ensues (are you surprised?).

The ancient alchemy book ends up being a book that all creatures have been looking for over the centuries and contains the history of vampires, witches and daemons.  This history and the secrets are worth killing for and Diana finds herself in danger. She must quickly try to figure out how to use her magic and her vampire to stay safe.

The second novel “Shadow of Night” picks up right where the first novel ends.  Once you finish the first one you are kind of stuck and really might as well read the second one.  I will say “A Discovery of Witches” was a bit more fun for me, “Shadow of Night” did get a little long in the tooth.

I am remiss to say this, but this series is kind of the thinking man’s Twilight – yep, I just made that statement.  It would definitely be a good read for fall and all of the witchery that Halloween requires.  And I mean vampire love, seriously, that apparently wins the hearts and minds of about 80% of our population so how can you go wrong? “I want to suck your blood” never sounded so romantic.  I guess.

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September 7, 2012 at 8:36 pm 8 comments


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