A fantasy romance worth falling in love with
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.