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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness [Review]

 Hello readers,

Today I’m going to talk about a book that I read a couple of years ago. I have no shame to say that I read this book every year because it’s one of my favorites. And like the tittle says, I’m talking about the Discovery of Witches by the author Deborah Harkness.

This is a book that I hold in my heart, the characters are amazing, the whole plot is supernatural/fantastic but believable. Because in a world of pretend this story makes scene. Well, almost. Maybe it’s the scientist in me that was marvelous by all the science and genetic on the entire book (and series) but I still find this book interesting after so many years.

As always I’m going to try to not give too many spoilers (just one or two because it’s stronger than me, sorry).

Discovery of Witches tells the story of Diana Bishop, a true witch that doesn’t use her magic (or she though so) that one day goes working to Oxford and opens a book that everyone was looking for! The book that has all the secrets about the origin of all species. Then she meets a vampire, Matthew De Clermont, that immediately helps her, while protecting her from another witches, vampires and demons. Guess what? They of course fall in love, as expected and together have to fight agains all the prejudices of romance between species.

Don’t think it’s just that, because the story is a lot more complexed…

I loved the scenes between Matthew and Diana, how protector he became of her. Love the part where she realizes that she loves him and he loves her. The scene where she ‘sees’ her parents is perfect. How we get to know what the parents did for her not to use her full powers.

If you never read this book, are currently reading or thinking about reading it, the story may seem a little cliché but is not. It has a lot of science in it, and the author took the time to explain some therms of genetics without turning it too boring. At least I didn’t find it boring. 

I also like the fact that she turn the vampires believable, they were normal humans that were turned and that lived through a lot of battles and the time/experience made them really smart. It’s interesting how the autor made the vampires with wolf instincts. I found it some what funny, because normally in fantasy books the vampires are enemies with the werewolves.

I don’t have anything against Twilight and other books with chiché vampires because I read them and liked but sometimes I like to read a book with more-grow-up vampires.

This is a big book, close to 600 pages, but it’s very easy to read. It’s one of those types of books that you want to see what happens after and it’s really difficult to close and wait until the next day.

Everytime I read this book I had in my mind my perfect actors, at least how I imagine them to be. Then I knew that they were filming a tv series. How happy I was! The actors they chose are perfect and I’m happy to say that I loved all the eight episodes. How realistic and how they follow the book in almost every word. There were some scenes that I would like to see (imagine Matthew Goode doing yoga, right?) that were cut but overall it’s all there. I’m also happy to tell you that the second season is already recorded and they officially released the date: January 2021. 

These were the actors I imagined while reading the book:

Sophie Myles
Richard Armitage

These are the actors they opted to to TV Series:

Teresa Palmer and Matthew Goode

And yes, the Diana I imagine is the same actress that makes the part of Diana’s mother in the TV series. Imagine my surprise!

The ending of the book is amazing, and the author was very clever, I see you Deborah! You played really well and made me want to read the second book right away! 

Matthew and Diana realize that they have to travel in time to hide from the vampires/demons/witches that are behind them. They travel and of course that it goes well, or we wouldn’t have a second book.

What do you think about this book? Let me know in the comments.


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