A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
(Penguin Books, 2011, 592 pages)
Diana has always known that she’s a witch but has suppressed her powers to “be normal” after her parents were killed when she was a child. But that changes when she finds an enchanted manuscript that was assumed to be lost and now is attracting the unwanted attention from witches, daemons, and vampires. One vampire in particular, Matthew, has been searching for the manuscript for decades. As Matthew and Diana spend more time together, they learn how dangerous their relationship is and how desperate people are for the lost manuscript.
I thought the book started off strong especially with how strong-willed Diana was about her work and rejecting her magic (for the most part) but the book became slightly weaker the closer I got to the end. I was left with a lot of questions, especially about Diana’s magic and how her magic was being restricted for so long. But I’m hoping that those will be answered and cleared up later on in the series. I will also be looking for Diana’s strong character to come back after she slowly slipped into the typical damsel in distress as the book went on. I will say I loved the history that Harkness put into the book whether it was fictional or fact, it was a nice touch.