Shop for the perfect Valentine's Gift + Free shipping on orders of $100 or more!

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

June 20, 2013

Diana Bishop is a middle aged librarian/historian studying alchemy.  She has spent her entire life pretending not to be a witch, despite a long line of renown witches in the Bishop family.  While studying at Oxford, Diana accidentally uncovers a long lost manuscript that holds some sort of secret desired by all those in the supernatural community (witches, daemons, and vampires).  Not knowing its value, Diana sends it back into the stacks only to soon find the Oxford library packed with supernatural creatures wanting to get their hands on it.  Diana notices one vampire in particular, Matthew Claremont, who has begun to consistently lurk around her area of study.  After a few more intimate encounters (yoga and a couple of breakfast and dinner dates), Diana finds that Matthew is the only one she can trust to help her discover the secrets of the ancient manuscript.  

My Thoughts:
This book has been on my radar for quite some time.  I finally picked it up a few weeks ago and was not disappointed.  I was instantly drawn in by the characters and setting.  Diana is a woman who has tried desperately to avoid her magical abilities, but they just seem to seep out of her.  She is also a historian studying at a famous library in Oxford, which makes the story all the more interesting.  As I read this book, I often thought of it as an adult version of Harry Potter (and when I say adult, I mean it has adult characters not that it is X-rated).   The fantastical world in this novel is beautifully crafted and left me pining for the next book in the series.  

Note: A Discovery of Witches is the first book in the All Souls Trilogy. The second in the series, Shadow of Night, has recently been released.  






Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Blog

Winter Diffuser Blends
Winter Diffuser Blends

November 07, 2021

It's the most wonderful time of the year!! Even though we are still in the midst of a pandemic and despite all that is going on around us, we can make our homes warm and cozy with some of these essential oil diffuser blends. Scents have been proven ...

View full article →

Fall Diffuser Blends
Fall Diffuser Blends

August 24, 2021

Happy Tuesday!  I know it doesn't quite feel like fall just yet, but sometimes we just need to crank up the air conditioner, drink a cup of hot tea, and pretend like it's fall. These diffuser blends will help you set the mood as well! 

View full article →

Transitioning Your Skincare for Fall/Winter
Transitioning Your Skincare for Fall/Winter

August 24, 2021

A while back, I wrote a post about switching up your skincare routine for summer. It can be so very frustrating to think you've gotten your skin figured out only for the season to change and it's almost like you're starting over at ground zero. The truth is that our skin can actually be very different depending on the season. My skin is oilier in the summer and super dry in the winter ...

View full article →