A Discovery of Witches {Book Review}


Published date: December 27, 2011
Publisher: Penguin Books
Author: Deborah Harkness
Pages: 579
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal

Dear Deborah Harkness,
You have succeeded in doing two things:
a) using more words than necessary.
2) making me fall in love with your book regardless of your wordiness.
Yours truly,

Guys, this book has it all. It has every element under the sun and will tickle your fancy…whatever your fancy may be. If you love witches, you’re in luck. Vampires more your speed? This is it. If you adore history such as myself, then hold on to your mind because it will be blown. The love story is grand and the devious behavior is abundant. You’ll love the characters, you’ll love the layers of this story and you’ll be antsy to read the sequel.

I cannot wait to read the next book. But since this is a Goodreads group buddy read, I am being forced to wait until NEXT TUESDAY *dramatic sigh*

This isn’t a perfectly written book and there will be things that annoy you {a main character’s bossiness comes to mind} but there are reasons for everything. Said reasons do get explained sooner or later so just hold your horses and don’t roll your eyes. Keep reading and thank me later.


41 thoughts on “A Discovery of Witches {Book Review}

    • DOH! I saw your goodreads comment and responded in my head (I do that a lot). Yes, you should totally get back to it. It has some wtf moments but I took it for what it was and ended up really entertained.

      • I was doing ok reading it and then some arcs publication dates came up so I had to put it to one side for them, since DOW has already been published long before I started it- and I just never got back to it @.@

  1. I like the trend toward longer books myself. (Though there is the occasional author who gets boring when they try getting longer.) I hate this… another book to add to my to be read list. haha! Thanks, nice review. 😉

    • Hahaha! Thank you, Molly!! You know…at times, this was wordy to the point of ridiculousness but I ignored it. And she repeats herself some but it’s her first novel and she was green. I usually get annoyed but this book was good. So long as you know going it, you’ll forgive and forget.

  2. Dude you finished already! I’m still on chapter 22:P I agree with you about the wordiness, but I’m totally digging Matthew:) Even if he just did something that totally annoyed me! I Ok I’m off to finish this baby!

    • Hahaha!! I finished it at work on Monday. It was soooo good!!! Finish it woman! Oh yeah, his bossiness is off the charts but I guess that happens when you’re a 1500 year old vampire who’s found the love of his life, yeah?

      • I suppose. Why do Vamps always have temper problems with their lady loves? I’m glad Diana has a back bone though. I’ll try and finish it tonight. Life is getting in the way of my reading GRR.

  3. This has been on my TBR list for.ev.er…I really need to read it. I think there’s a third book in the series coming out soon too. (or was it the fourth?)

  4. I’ve seen this on the shelves at Barnes & Noble so many times but just haven’t picked it up. I think because of the length and the fact that it’s adult makes me think that it’ll take a long time to read. Glad to hear that it really is as good as booksellers say. I’ll have to pick this one up sometime! Great review! 🙂

  5. Aaaah, I’ve wanted to read this book for ages. It’s sllooooowowwwowowowoly crawling up my ever-stagnant TBR, but now I’m comfortable knowing I prolly won’t hate it. :]

  6. I totally agree with you on the whole too-many-words aspect – she could’ve easily made this into two books. And every sentence was just too… Wordy?

    But I still adore the book – mainly for the reason that it makes me want to snuggle up on the couch with a cup of tea. It’s just that kind of book 😀

    • DUUUUDE, she is wordier than dictionary! Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll tell you how much I hate wordy authors. Yeah, I get it, you’re writing a book and words are necessary. However, describing the texture of skin using 4 or more adjectives is UNnecessary.

      But I overlooked that (and the fact that I kinda sorta thought of Twilight when I started) and ended up loving this book. I heard the second is a little bit of a frustration but to push through!

  7. To say that this series has dominated many aspects of my life over the past few years would not be an understatement. Trip to book signing with author? Check. Trip to Oxford and London to visit ADOW and SoN hotspots? Check. Try everything to get Richard Armitage cast as Matthew Clairmont? Check. http://Www.armitage4clairmont.com.

    I agree with everything you said – I always tell people that this book has something for everyone. The author is a history professor, so be prepared for lots of lessons – especially hidden gems if you want to research all the names and places she uses!

    • I’m so jealous!!! Between this series and Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series, I’ve got a lot of places on my wish list ready to be checked off!!

      Hahaha! The girls I’m reading this book have chosen so many different actors to play Clairmont. I would give anything for this to be made into a movie:)

      She’s a history professor? No wonder. However, Henry Percy died in the 1530s so for him to be alive in 1590 had me scratching my head. He must be more special than they lead on! I’m a huge history buff especially Tudor England. These books have reignited my love of history!!

      Thanks for commenting 🙂 I’m going to be reviewing SoN today! Yay.

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