A Discovery of Witches Deborah Harkness
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A Discovery of Witches is the most enthralling novel I have read for a long while.  It is definitely a story to lose yourself in and besides the magic/fantasy you would expect from this genre, it shares an insightful journey of the characters accepting who they are and becoming what that is.

A Discovery of Witches Deborah Harkness
 
Diana Bishop and Matthew Clermont’s story is much more than a meeting of witch and vampire and the resulting emotions and chaos that follows.  It is also a meeting of the history of magic with the history of science.  Harkness uses her expertise from these disciplines and weaves them into a spellbinding read.  As an avid family history researcher I applaud Harkness crafting DNA into the story – the DNA which is quite a vital piece of information for our lead character to help her come to terms with her own journey.  I love the fact that Matthew has been researching and trying to discover if humans, witches, vampires and daemons all came from the same ‘mother’ with mutations and adaptations in their genes.
 
The characters, relationships and the world they live in are utterly believable. We start in modern day Oxford but surrounded by history with Diana living a modern day ‘single’ life. When the story moves to France we meet Matthew’s family and are introduced to more history and many secrets.  On Diana’s home turf in Madison we get to know Diana’s family and are introduced to the Bishop home which is quirky and hosts a gamut of ghosts. 
 
With such a hefty tome you might understandably think there would be times when you would be bored – I didn’t find this at all.  The way the writing flows leads you on from the foundation to each pivotal point. The timing of the next turn comes at exactly the right time to keep your imagination fired and you are led seamlessly on.
 
A Discovery of Witches is a debut novel and the first of a trilogy.  I’m eagerly waiting for what comes next so that I can again immerse myself in this world!

Family comes first! I'm married with two son's in their 20's and have a little more time now to follow my passions. I love my role as an Inclusion Lead in KS2 and I'm passionate about early help. I'm a member of Bournemouth's Early Help Operational Board working alongside others to instigate change and growth. I'm also passionate about my love of reading, being out in nature and creating with crochet. I've been blogging for eight years at Jera's Jamboree.

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