I’m participating in the 2017 Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge, and one of the goals is to read a book in a genre you usually avoid. I chose A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness because I haven’t read a fantasy novel since I feverishly devoured every enchanted detail of Anne Rice’s The Mayfair Witches series in the nineties.
It’s a book that I thoroughly enjoyed. The main characters Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont reminded me of Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler if they had been a witch and a vampire, for all sorts of reasons, a most memorable first kiss among them. "The vampires lips began to move incrementally along my jaw bone. Each place his mouth touched froze, then burned as my blood rushed back to the skin's surface." Also, Oxford’s Bodleian Library is the setting for the book’s early chapters. "The library staff had turned on the lamps only thirty minutes before, casting small pools of gold in the gray light." Add in a bewitched alchemical manuscript and behold: my definition of supernatural heaven.
It has The Witching Hour’s quirky cast of characters, The Thirteenth Tale’s love of ancient books and the The DaVinci Code’s quest to solve a mystery hidden in art.
I would watch the movie or television adaptation of A Discovery of Witches in a second and will absolutely be reading the other two books in the All Souls trilogy soon.
Best paired with a glass of Chateau Margaux.