Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Discovery of Witches

I just finished reading A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. LOVED! IT!!

This was a great book. I think it falls into the paranormal romance genre, but . . . it's just a great book. Yeah, there's some romance, but that's not the main premise of the book.

Here's what I loved . . .
  • Bridget Bishop - first witch killed during the Salem Witch Trials, who also happens to be an ancestor of a good friend of mine - is mentioned in the book. In fact, the main character is a direct descendent of Bridget Bishop. So, first and foremost, I'm intrigued because I actually know someone descended from Bridget Bishop. That qualifies as a neat-o factor.
  • Vampires - the author (Deborah Harkness) takes the been there, done that vampire and . . . puts her own unique spin on them that is incredibly believable and realistic. I love her spin on the vampires.
  • Complexity - this story is complex and intriguing and . . . so many other things.
  • Slow Read - no, this isn't a bad thing. I kept thinking the book was a slow read until I realized the reason why: I was absorbing everything, immersing myself in the present day world she created. I was lingering over the words. That is why it was taken me so long to read the book, and not because it was uninteresting.
  • Page Turner - even though I was lingering, absorbing, immersing, I also couldn't wait to turn the page to find out what would happen next.

Okay, those are only some of the things I loved about this book. It is rare for me to find I book I can't put down, that I want to read and read and read and read and . . . This was one of those books. I was sad to reach the end. I wanted more.

Did I mention the main character is a historian? Did you know Isaac Newton was a . . . well, I'm not going to give that little tidbit away, but . . . the author cleverly plays with historical facts. Absolutely fantastic.

So, if you want a good book to read, go and get this one (which is also available for Kindle, and probably other e-formats as well).


The Wondering Wanderer said...

OMG - I hated this book. Feel free to read my review: http://the21stcenturywonderingfemme.blogspot.com/2011/05/discovery-of-witches-other-weak-female.html

Catherine said...

I'm reading this book now - and, I wonder if the same person that you refer to as a direct descendant is the same person I know. Is she a retired priest in Raleigh, NC?

Scott said...

Catherine - the direct descendent I'm referring to is not a female, nor a priest. He's a good friend. I was in Salem last year for a conference and I bought him a t-shirt with Bridget Bishop's name on it, and took a picture of her memorial stone.