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. 

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