A fan­tasy ro­mance worth fall­ing in love with

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A Dis­cov­ery Of Witches by Deb­o­rah Harkness Head­line Pub­lish­ing Group Re­view by Gemma E McLaugh­lin

This week I have cho­sen an older book to re­view. With a new TV show on the way, this is the per­fect time to read the very first book in The All Souls Tril­ogy.

The book it­self is one of the larger that I’ve read, which is some­thing that al­ways ex­cites me due to the prospect of many in­trigu­ing things to come.

With such a long book there is of­ten the fear of get­ting bored but in this case, ev­ery mo­ment is grip­ping and beau­ti­fully writ­ten, al­low­ing you to en­joy the book to the full ex­tent of its mag­i­cal and twisty plot.

For those who en­joy a fan­tasy ro­mance but have been as sad­dened as I by the re­cent lack of qual­ity in this genre, I be­lieve that the ro­man­tic as­pect of this story is ex­actly what you’ve been look­ing for. Our main char­ac­ter, Diana, is a re­lat­able and fas­ci­nat­ing scholar and witch who has been sup­press­ing her pow­ers for a long time.

Al­though Diana tries to es­cape to uni­ver­sity li­braries filled with novel af­ter novel on how witch­craft can’t be real, it finds her.

The world and his­tory Diana runs from come back to her in the form of Ash­mole 782 and a mys­te­ri­ous vam­pire named Wil­liam. We in­stantly fall in love with Diana and Wil­liam’s story and the ways in which they af­fect each other. I have al­ways adored the con­cept which this book ex­plores and feel like I have been look­ing for so long to find some­thing like A Dis­cov­ery Of Witches and it has been here, wait­ing for us the whole time. I am glad to fi­nally be able to share my own Dis­cov­ery.

To those that are still un­con­vinced; I am ab­so­lutely de­lighted to share with you that the writ­ing style is di­vine. Ev­ery mo­ment is wrapped in a sort of smoky el­e­gance.

The book is writ­ten with a feel­ing that I thought could only be found from sit­ting in an old book shop cov­ered in dust and the faint smell of cof­fee. Sadly, we can­not all al­ways be in that si­t­u­a­tion and I find the free­dom and sim­plic­ity of sim­ply hav­ing to pick up a book is a won­der­ful and much more con­ve­nient plea­sure.

I urge you all to start read­ing as soon as pos­si­ble and to en­joy the All Souls Tril­ogy be­fore the new tele­vi­sion se­ries comes out. I will be read­ing the other two books as soon as I can get my hands on them and think that many oth­ers should too.

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