Image of A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy)


Image of A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy)

This book’s premise is completely improbable (once one moves past the supernatural creatures), the characters are impossibly special and yet it’s nearly impossible to stop reading once you start. This is a compelling story full of unlikely coincidences which is peopled with characters that, in the hands of a lesser writer, would feel uninspired and clichéd — it is a testament to Harkness’ skill that they are both sympathetic and interesting.

Tenured history professor Diana Bishop is settled in for a quiet research session at Oxford University’s Bodleian Library when she unwittingly calls up a manuscript believed to have been lost forever. Diana is the last of the Bishop witches, and while she has eschewed her supernatural heritage in the past, she finds her present and future inextricably tied up with it. Vampire geneticist and all-round amazing guy Matthew Clairmont finds himself fascinated with Diana and with protecting her from the hordes of supernatural baddies who come out of the woodwork after she makes her discovery. Their alliance violates centuries-old taboos, but they forge onward in the hopes of being the first to discover the secrets contained in Ashmole 782. (VIKING, Feb., 580 pp., $28.95)
Reviewed by: 
Natalie A. Luhrs