I have been off a week...doing nothing but reading and relaxing. It has been fun, but I am glad to be back to work. Why? Because, I am much more productive when I am working. I fit in more in my life, like quilting, making scrapbooks, watercolor, etc when I am at home and know I only have so many hours. . But this week, I did start a fun well written fantasy called "A Discovery of Witches."
Diana Bishop is the last of the Bishops, a powerful
family of witches, but she has refused her magic ever since her parents
died and, instead, has turned to academia. When a new project takes her
to Oxford, she is looking forward to several months in the Bodleian,
investigating alchemical manuscripts. Her peace is soon interrupted when
one of the books she finds in the library turns out to have been lost
for 150 years and is wanted desperately by the witch, daemon, and
vampire communities—so desperately that many are willing to kill for it.
But the very first creature to approach her after her discovery is
Matthew, a very old vampire and fellow scholar, who seems only to want
to protect her. Harkness creates a compelling and sweeping tale that
moves from Oxford to Paris to upstate New York and into both Diana's and
Matthew’s complex families and histories. All her characters are fully
fleshed and unique, which, when combined with the complex and engaging
plot, results in one of the better fantasy debuts in recent months. The
contemporary setting should help draw a large crossover audience.
The second book of this series is coming out this week: "Shadow of Night."
Picking up from A Discovery of Witches’ cliffhanger ending, Shadow of Night
plunges Diana and Matthew into Elizabethan London, a world of spies,
subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the mysterious
School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh.
Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced
to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of
Ashmole 782 deepens.
Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping
journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical
discoveries, delivering one of the most hotly anticipated novels of the