A Discovery of Witches – Deborah Harkness – Review

“It begins with absence and desire. It begins with blood and fear. It begins with a discovery of witches.”





A world of witches, daemons and vampires.

A manuscript which holds the secrets of their past and the key to their future.

Diana and Matthew – the forbidden love at the heart of it.


This is probably one of the oldest books that I own, it has been on my shelf for so long and I just have not found the motivation to pick it up. I found the whole series in a charity shop bought them because of the hype that they had on bookstagram and just left them to gather dust on my shelves wondering whether I would like them.

I don’t know why I didn’t pick this book up sooner. I absolutely loved it. I found the plot really addictive and I just did not want to put it down. I read the entire book in 2 days and even downloaded it on audiobook so I could listen to it during my car journey. I found the concept quite unique, however I did get hints of Sabrina the Teenage Witch in parts. I suppose its living with her aunt and being a witch? Maybe there’s more to it than that.

I am the first one to say I am a heartless cow. I don’t like romance most of the time it just doesn’t do it for me. But the forbidden romance in this book really kept me going. I was routing for Matthew and Diana throughout the whole of this book and really enjoyed watching their characters develop into each other. It disgusts me to say because that is just not me. Well done Deborah, you have defrosted my once frozen heart.

This book is so well written. The author really does know how to capture the readers attention with her descriptions and world building. I really felt when reading that I was one of the characters in her book. I felt like I was there with them. It takes a special skill for an author to engage their reader like that however Deborah definitely did it. This also helped the reader to establish strong connections with the characters. I found myself genuinely caring for them and routing for them throughout.

There was something missing for me. I’ve read a lot about a cliffhanger ending but I didn’t get that at all? It was missing a 5 star element for me and maybe its because it was a little too long. Parts seemed a bit unnecessary and I just wanted to urge the book to get to the point in parts which is a shame because apart from that I am a big fan.

I finished this book today and I have had to stop myself from picking up the next book. Rest assured both of the other books in the series is in my TBR in November and I hope I get chance to read them.

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