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A Discovery of Witches ➸ A Discovery of Witches Free ➮ Author Deborah Harkness – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk A richly inventive novel about a centuries old vampire a spellbound witch and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library young scholar Diana Bis A richly inventive novel about a centuries old vampire a spellbound witch and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes she banishes the book to the stacks But her discovery sets a fantastical A Discovery Kindle - underworld stirring and a horde of daemons witches and vampires soon descends upon the library Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries and she is the only creature who can break its spell Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read eual parts history and magic romance and suspense Diana is a bold heroine who meets her eual in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age old taboos This smart sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice but it is as contemporary and sensual as the Twilight series with an extra serving of historical realism.

10 thoughts on “A Discovery of Witches

  1. Squee Squee says:

    Upon sighting this book in a soon to be closed Borders store I was intrigued The blurb sounded interesting and the first couple of pages seemed competently written Despite the huge discount I hesitated and instead checked the book out from the libraryAnd am I ever glad that I didn't actually buy itThe book started out promising Protagonist Diana Bishop distinguished history scholar and professor just like the author uh oh repressed witch tea aficionado rower and yoga enthusiast accidentally calls forth a magical text that every witch vampire and daemon in the world seems to want Unfortunately Diana has a major chip on her shoulder about her own magic She sends the text back to the stacks where once again no one can find it This doesn't sit well with with her fellow magical beings and they begin a 247 stalkfest in hopes that she will retrieve the manuscript again Early adopter stalker vampire Matthew Clairmont proves particularly troublesome Diana is extremely wary of Matthew and rightfully so he follows her everywhere and even breaks into her apartment and watches her sleepThen they decide to team up and soon fall in love at which point all semblance of plot disappears and the novel turns into an endless tangent about Diana's newly developed Stockholm Syndrome and how she must be protected from all the other dangerous stalkers At first I thought that this book was going to be an intelligent Twilight for grown ups the main character wasn't helpless thought for herself didn't immediately adore her bloodsucking murderous stalker or find his abusive behavior endearing and didn't seem interested in losing her entire identity to the first good looking guy who wanted to eat her A rebuttal of Twilight almost But no Despite Diana's increasing Mary Sue ishness as she develops every witch ability ever known she must constantly be rescued and protected by Edward er Matthew Matthew meanwhile is a complete jackass Trotting out the obnoxious pack mentality trope so often used in paranormal romance a genre that really really needs to be marked better so that those of us looking for urban fantasy won't be blindsided every damn time Matthew is neatly absolved from all responsibility for his sexist insistence that Diana obey him as her husband and for his volatile potentially murderous temper if and when she doesn't comply The past seemed gray and cold without Matthew And the future promised to be much interesting with him in it No matter how brief our courtship I certainly felt bound to him And given vampires' pack behavior it wasn't going to be possible to swap obedience for something progressive whether he called me wife or notApparently this is just fine and dandy with Diana despite her previous proclamations of female independence and autonomy And oh yeah Matthew unilaterally married her without even notifying her and that was fine too I have a theory that a lot of the current noxious crop of vampire themed romance is a symptom of a cultural backlash against feminism Once you strip away the paranormal aspect of novels like A Discovery of Witches and its stunted and even vile cousin Twilight you are left with stories about abusive manipulative men who systematically isolate and dominate the female objects of their obsession The women's identities are subsumed into the men's as the women's lives come to revolve completely around the men while the men suffer no such mutilation of self they simply gain an empty mindlessly adoring woman shaped appendage which is all that is left of the women by the end of the stories Without the trappings of vampire andor werewolf hierarchy always patriarchal of course what you're left with is an authorial boys will be boys with an underlying message that submission to the patriarchal hierarchy is necessary both to achieve happiness and to avoid violence at the hands of the vampireswerewolvesabusive boyfriendshusbands who just can't help it Even putting aside the issue of the horrible horrible underlying message in this book it still has nothing much to offer Pages and pages are devoted to describing stilted romantic conversations that fall flat how Diana exercises what she eats what wine they drink how long she sleeps what's in her tea how great their yoga class was bla bla bla ad infinitum A little detail here and there is flavor too much is encyclopedic and boring Most of the action takes place off screen while Diana sleeps or waits or sleeps and waits Diana goes from being subject to object almost the very moment that she decides that Matthew despite being a deadly creature who has been stalking her might not be so bad after all and takes little action for the rest of the book except to travel back and forth from Matthew's vampire mother's castle yes really in France which she comes to think of as her home alarmingly uickly and her aunt's magical house in England America New England? which apparently isn't special enough for her any A whole lot of nothing happens then Diana gets kidnapped and tortured but is of course rescued by Matthew A whole lot nothing happens Then almost at the end some new characters show up who seem like they should have been important to the story but are introduced way too late Among them is Sophie a pregnant daemon who was born from witches and is pregnant with a witch baby Sophie is pregnant and she will be having a baby which the author reminds the reader of in nearly every sentence involving Sophie who is pregnant Watch her rub her belly with pregnant serenity or is it smugness? I can't tell She is pregnant Then Diana uses her ungodly overpowered witchy time travel magic to whisk herself and Matthew into the past because witches used to be powerful and she needs powerful witches than currently exist anywhere in the world to teach her reach the full potential of the Mary Sue In fairness I must admit that I loved the aunts' magical house which was almost its own character Unfortunately the house was the only part of the book that I didn't feel was 1 endless unnecessary detail or 2 lifted almost wholesale out of other worksWhile the author is clearly a competent writer her storytelling needs a lot of polishing Honest heavy editing could possibly have worked wonders on this book; instead it got hype and marketing To me it makes the book all the disappointing to see that there was potential that it wasn't a disaster from the start It almost felt like the book was cut open and artificially inflated with the dull problematic romance which it may well have been I didn't know this book was supposed to be part of a trilogy since it is only marked as such on the bottom of the front inside jacket cover underneath library tape I can't imagine wanting to read any further though In short yawn and barf Now please excuse me while I go write a boring ode to stalkers and Stockholm Syndrome thinly disguised as a vampire novel thinly disguised as a book about witches If you need me you can find me laughing all the way to the bank

  2. Kristina Kristina says:

    This is an odd book Now that I have finished reading it I'm not sure why I was so enad of it With so much discussion of spells and enchantment I wouldn't be surprised if the book put a spell on me Despite overall enjoying the book there are still lots of things about it that irritated me First the author needed a better editor I am finding often that books surrounded by a certain amount of hype are not well edited I don't know if the editors think that every word the author writes is gold or if editors are timid but in either case they aren't doing their job Much of this book could have chopped out and the story tightened up There are too many extraneous details that weigh down the plot and what exactly the plot is is also a good uestion I think the author in order to differentiate her witchvampiresupernatural book from all the other supernatural books on the shelves threw in everything including the kitchen sink into her novel It's exhausting stumbling around the pages trying to figure out what the plot is I'm going to try not being too specific because even though nothing really happens in this novel really nothing does there is information that shouldn't be divulged until you read the novel Harkness has several plot lines going the mysterious Ashmole 782 manuscript the forbidden love affair between Diana the relunctant witch and Matthew the 1000 years old vamp the mysterious death of her parents the possible extinction of the supernatural beings the Congregation wanting to know the extent of Diana's power tracing Diana's DNA and the threat of a witchvamp war It's all a little crazy This book is some kind of pseudo science pseudo historical novel what with all the science and history The excessive alchemical details get annoying as does the DNA discussionsand you'd better know what mtDNA is because I don't think the book does a good job explaining it Luckily I knew However unlike the alchemy stuff which I don't see the point of at least the DNA information is related to the plots of the book The romance is fairly interesting and intense at first but it uickly peters out into some of kind of tame boring lovey dovey PG rated sappy mess It's not that I need pornographic details but the author kept telling me how much they loved each other and how intense their passion was but I never really felt it Matthew as a scary vampire is a huge disappointment to me I'm sorrybut you cannot have this vampire doing yoga and talking DNA with new age geeky precision and then have me believe that he is all that scary Nope just doesn't work Diana is also a disappointment She's extremely annoying She talks about how she wants to be a strong independent woman but in reality she is the wimpiest most annoying witch ever She won't use her witchy powers which to give the author some credit I understand why she had this attitude but when it comes time for her to protect herself she wimps out cowers faints and in rushes Matthew to save her AGAIN Give me a break The book is basically just a description of food wine her stretchy black pants and all the places Matthew took her to keep her hidden from the Congregation I don't like the term Congregation either Makes me think of church and not a scary group of supernatural beingsApparently this book was compared to the Twilight series which I think odd because I never saw the connection I have read them all to my shame What I will compare this book to is the Charlaine Harris Sookie Stackhouse series Those books are far superior to this book Sookie is poor little human with just her one skill she can read minds and yet she protects herself uite well rarely needs her supernatural friends to come to her rescue and has several times saved her vampire boyfriends Plus she does it all with a sense of humor Diana who apparently has every witchy powerever known plus some that aren't can barely twinkle her nose to make magical tea Another point of irritation with me are all the characters who need their backstories told I don't really need to know or want to know everything about these characters If they are going to stick around for awhile tell me their stories later or create a glossary and stick them at the back of the book The flow of the novel is stopped over and over again to tell me something not all that interesting about a minor character My last point is about this ridiculous Knights of Lazarus organization I find this organization absolutely unbelievable and incomprehensible I'm not giving away any plot secrets by mentioning this because I still can't figure out what the author meant by creating this order of do gooder vamps who have helped people in need over the centuries It's so ridiculous Whenever it was brought up I tried to skim over it hoping it would disappear The haunted Bishop house the house as a character was entertaining I did enjoy that detail Overall though now that I've written this review I'm trying to figure out what exactly I DID like about the book This book basically sets up the next two books in the trilogy I will probably read the second book but I doubt I will buy it I think Harkness just as with Justin Cronin of The Passage saw an opportunity to make some money on the current and lasting way too long vampire witch supernatural creatures popular literature fad HoweverHarkness has taken vampires and turned them into wine loving gentle kind creatures who wear business suits or lab coats have tons of money and are really kind of boring

  3. Jenne Jenne says:

    okay so the good things I liked the worldmythologyetc and was amused by the Anne Rice reference And I also liked the subtle pro gay marriage message It could have actually been a lot of fun except for the romance part which went like this SPOILERSDiana I am exceptionally good at being a historian of science and I even have a job at Yale I am also a witch but I don't use my powers MuchGosh this mysterious manuscript sure is mysteriousMatthew I AM TALL I WENT THROUGH YOUR PAPERS AND THEN CAME TO YOUR HOUSE AND WATCHED YOU SLEEPALSO I'M AN ANCIENT VAMPIREDiana Um okay?Matthew SAY WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO SOME VAMPIRE YOGA WITH ME?THAT IS NOT A EUPHEMISM BY THE WAYDiana I guess so I could do that after I go rowing and then run several milesMatthew I HAVE A LOT OF USEFUL INFORMATION THAT I'M NOT GOING TO TELL YOU ALSO YOU SMELL AMAZING I CAN BARELY CONTROL MYSELF WHEN YOU'RE AROUNDDiana Oh well I'm sure it's fineMatthew I FORBID YOU TO DO VARIOUS THINGSALSO YOUR LIFE IS IN DANGER SO WE'RE GOING TO VISIT MY MOM IN FRANCE DID I MENTION I'M FRENCH?Diana Hey for serious you can't just tell me what to do all the timeMatthew I AM COLDLY FURIOUSALSO IT MAKES ME SAD WHEN YOU DISOBEY ME AND I HATE BEING SADYOU KNOW WHAT I WAS SAD ONCE A THOUSAND YEARS AGO AND THEN I KILLED A BUNCH OF PEOPLE AND THEN IT HAPPENED THIS OTHER TIME AND I KILLED MY LOVER JUST SO YOU KNOWDiana Oh right Silly me So wilful Anyway should we have sex now?Matthew WHAT? WHY WOULD WE DO THAT?Matthew OH BY THE WAY THIS IS MY HOUSEKEEPER SHE IS ALSO AN ANCIENT VAMPIRE BUT FOR SOME REASON I GUESS SHE LIKES KEEPING HOUSEHousekeeper Oh hi here is some herbal tea Make sure to drink it every day and DON'T MAKE ANY MISTAKES WHEN YOU BREW IT Um because it might taste bad not that it's having any effect on you without your knowledge OR ANYTHING LIKE THATDiana Gosh thanks Everyone is so nice here Matthew YOUR EYES ARE LIKE STARLIGHT NOWDiana I love youMatthew HANG ON I NEED TO GO BACK TO ENGLAND FOR SOMETHINGMatthew I AM BACK FROM ENGLAND I LOVE YOUDiana I feel our souls are as one These few short weeks have shown me that you are my one true loveMatthew OH HEY DID I MENTION YOU KNOW THAT TIME I KISSED YOU IN FRONT OF MY MOM? WELL THAT MEANS WE'RE MARRIEDDiana Actually you did not mention that But does this mean we can have sex?Matthew HAHAHAHA DON'T BE SILLY Matthew OH AND ANOTHER THING THERE IS THIS COMPACT OR SOMETHING THAT SAYS WITCHES AND VAMPIRES CANNOT MARRY SO THERE ARE A BUNCH MORE PEOPLE TRYING TO KILL USDiana WhatMatthew OH YEAH TOTALLY BUT DON'T WORRY BECAUSE IT TURNS OUT YOU ARE THE MOST MAGICAL OF ALL THE WITCHESDiana Yeah except my powers are all repressed anyway I'm just going to go outside for a second and I'm sure I won't get kidnapped and tortured or anythingMatthew I WILL KILL EVERYONE AND SUMMON THE SECRET BROTHERHOOD OF ANCIENT SECRET KNIGHTSMatthew's mom and housekeeper Wow calm downMatthew OKAY I WILL JUST KILL THIS ONE LADY THENDiana Yay I learned to fly I 3 you Matthew I am so lucky to be your bride Let's go visit my aunt in America Did I tell you I'm from America?Anyway let's have some sex WooMatthew I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUTAunt Why are you drinking contraceptive tea?Diana I have no idea Not because of all the sex I'm having that's for sureMatthew WHAT?? I WILL KILL YOU HOUSEKEEPERDiana Never mind we have to go to the past and do something about that mysterious manuscript Did I mention I loooove you???Matthew SPEAKING OF WHICH CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE WAS TOTALLY IN LOVE WITH ME WE SHOULD GO SAY HIDiana I see So is that why we can't have sex?Matthew WHAT? NO IT'S BECAUSE OF THE PURITY AND SPECIALNESSMatthew ALSO HAVE I MENTIONED HOW YOU HAVE ALLLLL OF THE WITCH POWERS? YOU ARE THE BEST WITCH OF ALL TIMEDiana I love youTHE END

  4. Sasha Alsberg Sasha Alsberg says:

    Sorry Bronze Horseman A Discovery of Witches has taken the #2 spot for my favorite book 3

  5. Catie Catie says:

    This book kept me hanging on just enough to stop me from abandoning it I’m not really sure who this book is aimed at; it’s a very pedestrian traditional romance wrapped up in a nearly 600 page painfully slow tale filled with history and science It’s a bit like a Hallmark card wrapped up in an encyclopedia The history and science buffs will be turned off by the cheesy center and the romance lovers will resent having to wade through pages of endless description and detail just to get to the good stuff And speaking of “the good stuff” – there isn’t any If I am going to struggle my way through a sappy romance the least I would expect is a good sex sceneThe female lead is Diana who is a highly intelligent woman and well respected in her field She’s also the daughter of two powerful witches who were murdered when she was seven years old Traumatized by their deaths she turns her back on magic and devotes her life to study When she accidentally pulls a heavily enchanted manuscript from the Bodleian library and is somehow able to open it she draws the attention of the supernatural communities Matthew a biochemist vampire with many secrets and motivations of his own seeks out Diana to investigateProbably the main thing that turns me off about this book is the cast of characters Matthew will be startlingly familiar to any reader of paranormal romance He’s a perfect physical specimen with vast wealth including several ancient homes which he built himself a guilt inducing past and a tendency to be an overly protective patronizing control freak He also likes to name drop famous historical figures that he’s known drone on and on about wine and spout obnoxious lines like “Will you never wait until I help you?” And despite being alive for 1500 years he apparently still thinks that women are incapable of feeding and clothing themselves or knowing when they’re tired Don’t worry he’ll give you sedatives without your knowledge if you try to disagree He’s the kind of guy who says “I might not be able to control myself if you step away” after a first kiss then spends the rest of the book avoiding consummating the relationship because “there’s plenty of time” even though at this point the characters have view spoiler gotten married and both nearly died hide spoiler

  6. kari kari says:

    THIS IS ACTUALLY ZERO stars but it won't be listed if I put zero so just so you know ZEROI thought this was going to be a really entertaining read but I'm giving up The main character makes no sense whatsoever We're told that she isn't able to do magic and then she does magic Huh???And then we have the vampire sneaking in her window and watching her sleep fascinated by her sleeping Where have I read this before? Let's see can anyone think of where they might have read this? Anyone?I don't care that she glows when she sleeps I already know it's because it's linked to her ignoring her magic or because it's trapped inside her or because she's simply too cheap to buy a nightlightyes I made that last one up but I'm not really intrigued enough to find out What I've learned thus far is that the author is very proud of her knowledge of Oxford and the library there I could have used far less information about walking around the town where she goes rowing where she's sitting in the library for gosh sakes and other unimportant minutiae I got this book before it was listed as part of a trilogy BEWARE series alert I might have found the energy to finish this one off but I can't imagine reading three books like this one Nope not gonna do itFifty pages That's it Thank you and good nightHad to create a brand new shelf for this one books i choose not to finishOn the positive side I'VE DONE IT I've actually stopped reading a book that I felt was a waste of time I didn't think I would but I did it Yes I know it's a small thing to celebrate but I'm going to do my happy dance anyway

  7. Nataliya Nataliya says:

    For mere two bucks I rescued this book from a dusty shelf of a local Goodwill store adopting it with high hopes For free I returned it to the same shelf a few weeks later with dejected feeling sandwiching it between a rejected copy of 'Twilight' and a tattered paperback with a shirtless guy on the coverAt least it found its rightful spot And I'm out only two dollars And I would have gladly paid to free my own bookshelf of this bookSo it goes My books mercilessly rejected the intruder The appeal of it besides the beautiful cover deceptive in its alluring elegance of royal blue was the introduction of a supposedly adult professional accomplished heroine a history professor to boot who allows us to take a fresh new look at supernatural occurrences rooted in history and in a book written by a historian too No sappy teen romance no supernatural entities masking as high school bad boys no helpless heroines in need of rescue as Diana the protagonist is supposedly from a strong magical line herself The reality of it was a book that many characterized as 'Twilight' for adults which is an uncannily accurate description We have a whiny insecure heroine her personality is roughly that of a wet dishrag who nevertheless is treated like a special snowflake for no reason whatsoever who falls head over heels over the first remotely hot and mind bogglingly rich vampire who a doesn't really need to drink blood b has an insane amount of 'protectiveness' which really boils down to stalking and over macho patriarchalism c is hauntingly tortured by his dark past and d is an intolerable self centered rage prone jerkass Before my brain explodes with distaste here is a brief list of things that are NOT sexy or attractive stalking kidnapping drugging an unsuspecting person patronizing condescension snobbery uncontrollable anger murderous tendencies codependency and neverending smug name droppingHere is a brief list of things that do not have to happen when heroine falls in love helplessness fully surrendering control dramatic drop in intelligence sudden childishness unexplained neverending sniffing of the male love interest need to be constantly rescued codependency and propensity for irrational actsPlease feel free to add to any of the lists aboveThe plot unfolds at a snail pace getting easily distracted by an endless tedious repetition of any trite details of the characters' lives wardrobe meals tea lovestruck gazing enough wine to call an impromptu Alcoholics Anonymous meeting¹ endless hours in the library tea lovestruck gazing athletic activities wine food tea wardrobe lovestruck gazing repetitive description of basically EVERYTHING in almost a diary style padding the meager plot to an impressive doorstopper size of the finished product¹ Actually maybe consuming wine in the uantities described in this book would have helped with the boredomOn the other thought wine tends to make me sleepy So does this book It would have been uite a snoozefest combo Not to mention the absolutely ridiculous amount of page space given to an inter species yoga session Could have been worse I suppose; it could have been vampire baseball Or vampire cross stitching for all the excitement it bringsBecause of such insane repetitive padding of the tiny meager plot lines the sizable book comes to an end right as real plot is about to start unfolding Basically it ends at the point where most self respecting books would start but of course those self respecting books would not have subjected the reader to such a hefty amount of tedious superfluous detail to wonder whether the author was paid per word writtenIn a nutshell this book was boring and unoriginal needlessly long and devoid of any exciting plot full of filler exposition and perpetuating ridiculous ideas about the roles of male and female love interests Shame that such a dreck gets such a lovely cover 1 star An interesting thing I observed something I haven't seen on Goodreads yet when I try to look up the uotes for this book that's what I see uotes Not AvailableDeborah Harkness has reuested that her work not be excerpted or shared on Goodreads We are complying with her reuest and have removed all her uotes To see the DMCA takedown please click hereI wonder if the slew of negative reviews is in any way responsible for this silliness

  8. Anne Anne says:

    25 starsHmmm At first I really thought this was going to be at least a 4 star book It was interesting and full of detail Then suddenly it wasn't Wasn't interesting that is Oh it was still full of detail don't worry Details about how they appreciatively sniffed wineDetails about different kinds of teaDetails about the layouts of old buildingsDetails about rugs and furnitureAnd just when I started to think I couldn't take it anyMORE WINE AND TEAYes yes I get it She likes tea He likes wine After 400 pages I don't give a shit what it smelled like Enough already deep breathToward the end the story picked up a bit and started moving forward again But it was too little too late Wait Let me rephrase that it was too much too late Suddenly there were huge info dumps which would have been great had they been spaced out over the entire book Everything that should have been happeningdiscoveredtalked about in the middle of the book 'cause it was tea time was crunched into the last part of the storyIt looks like this is a trilogy but I seriously doubt I'm going to attempt to read any of these It looks like the author did a lot of research to bring this book to life but it just wasn't for meI'd recommend this to someone who enjoys slow paced books with a lot of attention to detail

  9. Arni Vidar Bjorgvinsson Arni Vidar Bjorgvinsson says:

    It's uite difficult to gather my thoughts well enough to manage a review I don't know how or where to beginI started this book 4 evenings ago and all I really knew about it was that it was a Witches and Vampires book Fine I'll give that a go As the pages wore on however I realized that I was barely making any headway on the % counter Upon checking I then found that this book is almost 800 pages long which is than almost all of my fantasy DTB's WowI started reading this book just after midnight thinking I might see how it started before I got some sleep I think it was somewhere around the 3 5% mark that I noticed that even though I was tired I did not want to stop reading So not stop is what I did I just kept on reading for 7 hours straight until my alarm went off and tried to wake me Oops I'd forgotten to sleep It has been a very long time since I have read a book that so captivated me and enthralled me From those early 3 5% it just starts building and building and grabbing a hold of you refusing to let goI've read the book now in four long sittings and the only reason I didn't read it all in one sitting is because my body couldn't handle it and I needed to workI will not go too much into the actual contents of the book since experiencing it all was a pleasure I wish all of you to experience unblemished by my spoilersThat being said this is a paranormal romance story which should on it's own turn me flying as fast and far away as I could muster my body but it is so beautifully crafted and the romance is so 'mild' that it wasn't a bother at all uite to the contrary the romance is the glue that keeps the story goingThere are some faults with the book for sure but it's still such an excellent book that the good outweighs the bad

  10. Jilly Jilly says:

    HOLY FREAKING CRAP I just finished this book last night and I was blown away by it This is easily going to be the best book that I will read this year and is going in my top 10 list of best fiction books of all time Excellent fiction is not always easy to come by I don't mind mediocre reads from time to time but it is SO GREAT to be totally stunned by an indescribably excellent book every once in awhile For one thing this book is so well written The author has a beautiful way with words and her descriptions are elouent and lovely There was a seamless flow to this book that was exuisite Nothing was choppy or out of place; the rhythm pacing and phrases used flowed so effortlessly that I was never distracted by the writing or the language as sometimes happens in fiction Because of this I was able to get completely lost in this world; and boy was I Spellbound is the only proper way to describe it Also the characters were strong and interesting Knowing that this is the first in what is supposed to be a trilogy you get a good base understanding of the main and supporting characters with the full knowledge that a deeper relationship with them will come as the story continues to unfold I have read a few reviews that say the beginning of this book is boring; I did not find it so I was instantly mesmerized and drawn in I knew that the author was setting the stage for all that was to come and while it may seem slow at first you will be very grateful as you continue in the book Once I got into the thick of things I was grateful to have waded through the beginning as it gave me a strong foundation for all of the character developments and plot twists that arose throughout the storyMY ONLY COMPLAINT Now I have to wait for the next book However will I do that?? I tend to get very emotionally involved with books and characters that I love; I already miss spending time with these characters and I am desperate to continue living in their magical world Dear Ms Harkness I am under your spell please put me out of my misery and publish the next installment soonJune 30 2018 UPDATE Since I first read this book and posted the above review I have read the book 23 times I literally NEVER get tired of itSeptember 24 2018 UPDATE Finished my 24th re readJuly 28 2019 UPDATE Finished my 25th re readNovember 27 2019 UPDATE Finished my 26th re readMarch 24 2020 beginning 27th re readJuly 9 2020 finished 27th re read

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