Book Review: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Truly, I read A Discovery of Witches before I ever started this blog. Somehow, I never wrote a book review for it. So I feel like I need to correct that error today.


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 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.

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

My Review

Before I read this book, I did not have a favorite book or a favorite author. Truly, this series changed all that for me. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness is truly fantastic. I am absolutely obsessed with it.

I think, for me, the things I love is that this book does a fantastic job of combining worlds. Truly, it feels like I could meet Diana Bishop on the street because it feels like she’s a real person. While you get a sense of the otherworldly throughout the novel, they’re so mixed into our world that it feels real, and that’s why I love it.

She also released almost a textbook of sorts that details the different species in her novel and it truly walks the line of reality and fantasy. You could tell me that Deborah Harkness interview Diana Bishop on her life and I would be willing to believe you.

Honestly, it’s been a year since I last read this book and it still sticks in my mind. She also has a show out now that you can all check out. So, it’s truly the perfect time to binge while they’re in-between seasons.

If you would like to grab a copy for yourself, here’s the link on Amazon.

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