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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Genre: Fiction/Occult/Romance/Mystery
Release: Penguin, February 8, 2011

Sold by: Penguin Publishing
Buy the Book: Amazon

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

Wow this book took me almost this whole month to finish. I do love it though but it could have been less detailed and descriptive. I honestly skipped some parts just so I can get to the good part already. I doubt I missed something important. That was the only dislike.

In Diana Bishop's world there are 4 types of beings. Humans, Witches, Daemon and Vampires. They have their own set of rules and they avoid being noticed by humans. Diana belongs to the witches and to one with the most well known name/bloodline, she refuse to use her magic due to the death of her parents and due to the first witch that was killed in Salem. As standard goes, her life is boring. She does her job, being a Historian - studying manuscripts of alchemy and she does her job really well. Then her only past time was physical exercise to avoid adrenaline poisoning. No shopping, no girl friends to hang out with, she does not go to the bar, she does not even belong to any coven. Without the Ashmole 782 and the quest for answers of geneticist and vampire stud Matthew Clairmont, she is the epitome of a proverbial nerd. But the most important part of her personality is she managed to destroy her prejudice about the other creatures around her. The book is knee deep in mystery and I have a lot of unanswered questions. I like how the author end this book, definitely need to read the next book.

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