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A Discovery of Witches

A Discovery of Witches

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness joins the crowded paranormal genre with a story of vampires, witches, and demons. But this one has a different feel from many of it’s counterparts, with libraries and yoga pants instead of stakes and leather. The main character is a history professor named Diana, most of the story takes place in England, where Diana is working on research in the famous Bodleian Library at Oxford. Diana is a reluctant witch and shares the supernatural world with demons and vampires. These creatures walk among humans but keep their identities secret. The trouble starts when a magical book in the Oxford library finds it’s way into her research. The book draws the attention of every supernatural creature in the area, including the mysterious (and conveniently sexy) vampire Matthew Clairmont. Adventure, history, and romance ensue. This book will appeal to readers who like deliberately paced historical fiction and kind of like the paranormal romance stuff without wanting to advertise it. Overall, I found it to be charming and I’m interested to see where the author takes the story in the sequel.

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