Thursday, 23 June 2011

A Discovery of Witches

Finished June 23
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, read by Jennifer Ikeda
Ikeda's voice is a good match for this book.
Set in a world where witches, demons, and vampires exist alongside humans, the main character Diana Bishop, sets events in motion. Diana has denied her magic since her parents died when she was a child. But when her academic research gives her access to a book sought after by all 3 types of creatures, she finds herself the center of much unwanted attention.
It is a vampire, Matthew Clairmont, who comes to her aid, protecting her from invasive witches and other vampires.
Can a witch and a vampire become friends, or even more. Diana has been warned against other creatures all her life.
The story takes us from Oxford, England to a chateau in the Auvergne in France, to small town Madison, New York. It takes us into rich history involving knights, historical documents, and intrigue. Diana discovers her own history and what her parents foresaw for her, and must finally accept her gift of magic.
Engaging and interesting, this novel offers a lot, and is book one of a planned trilogy.

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