Book Review : A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1) by Deborah Harkness

Maybe it was not my cup of tea because for me this was unimpressive, lengthy and boring too. A discovery of witches is twilight for adult audience. So if you want to experience twilight but feel that it may be too kiddish for you to read, then pick up Discovery of Witches because this is everything twilight except that the central characters are all oxford professors.

A Discovery of Witches - BookA Discovery of Witches Official Synopsis

Fall under the spell of Diana and Matthew in the stunning first volume of the No.1 internationally bestsellling ALL SOULS trilogy.

A world of witches, daemons and vampires. A manuscript which holds the secrets of their past and the key to their future. Diana and Matthew – the forbidden love at the heart of it.

When historian Diana Bishop opens an alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, it’s an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordered life. Though Diana is a witch of impeccable lineage, the violent death of her parents while she was still a child convinced her that human fear is more potent than any witchcraft. Now Diana has unwittingly exposed herself to a world she’s kept at bay for years; one of powerful witches, creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires. Sensing the significance of Diana’s discovery, the creatures gather in Oxford, among them the enigmatic Matthew Clairmont, a vampire genticist. Diana is inexplicably drawn to Matthew and, in a shadowy world of half-truths and old enmities, ties herself to him without fully understanding the ancient line they are crossing. As they begin to unlock the secrets of the manuscript and their feelings for each other deepen, so the fragile balance of peace unravels…

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Since i had already read twilight, A discovery of Witches was more like an amusement than entertaining. It was like watching how things would have been if bella was a witch and Oxford professor and fell for Edward, 100 year old vampire who also was a professor. Throw in more mature supernatural elements like Templars knights, and other theories and you get Twilight for the Adults- A Discovery of Witches.

While Twilight was simple with simpler character and plot lines, Discovery of witches is lengthier than the Four books of Twilight combined and mixed with plethora of characters coming in with their share of background stories and complicating the plot further. I am used to reading books that sum up everything in a matter of couple of chapters without much add ons, maybe thats why i couldn’t appreciate the length and unnecessary sub plots and sub elements that did nothing to the core of the plot but only contributed towards adding to the volume of the book. For me the basic story was in the first few chapters and in the last chapters. Everything in between was just messing with my head.

The book seemed to be mocking me with its intellectual characters. It seemed in every chapter, it was testing my IQ by throwing in scientific theories, historical events and chemical algorithms. The irony ? The irony is that the basic plot is something that debates with your IQ. Vampires, witches and werewolves and everything in between. The book is over 500 pages and the font tinier than the ants and in retrospect these ants is saying nothing important enough to register.


Its crazy lengthy and not even thrilling enough to sit through such massive volume. At least thats my case. The book is just a mature version of twilight. The amount of back stories and sub plots weaved into the basic plot makes it very exhaustive. The half portion of the book is just relationship drama and pages after pages of extended conversations revolving around one thing or simple monologues of the central characters filling up the pages trying steer of the main plot.

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