Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness
It's hard to imagine anyone writing anything sufficiently original about witches and vampires and daemons to make it worth reading a book of nearly 700 pages, but Harkness did it. She's imagined a whole new cosmology of humans and creatures and a complex and emotionally rich plot line. I didn't realize until the last bit that this was the beginning of a series. Thank goodness it's a trilogy, so the end is in sight. Diana Bishop is a witch with a greater amalgamation of powers than any witch in centuries. Mostly this book sets up the rest, providing the premise and the mission and hinting at the path.