My journey with a Discovery of Witches has been one of neon signs.
I say this because when I first noticed A Discovery of Witches it was by accident. Id gone into Barnes & Noble looking for something else, and there it was on the same table with whatever Id gone searching for.
The title caught my eye and so did the pretty colors of the cover….and yes I know you shouldn’t judge like that,but I did. I decided it was something Id want. But I only had so much money with me at the time. So, mentally, I filed the book into my TBR pile and moved on.
This happened 4 or 5 times. The book leapt out at me from the shelves. Like BUY ME ALREADY! So finally I gave in. And it was one of the best purchases I’ve ever made.
Deborah Harkness is a genius. And I don’t just mean because she’s a professor. Her story, the story of Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont, is crafted so beautifully it’s impossible to resist.
I personally hadn’t read many stories where the main character was already aware they had powers. Im of course aware now that many books are like that, but Diana Bishop was my first real memorable experience with that kind of story, and it thrilled me to see not a “coming of age” type of story, or “coming into your power” but rather a “learning your power”.
Diana Bishop doesnt use her magic, but like everything else in a person’s life she can only avoid it for so long. When she stumbles across the missing Ashmole manuscript, running from her magic isnt an option anymore. Because suddenly every creature in London is out to find her and get that book.
The journey is intense. Full of secrets, real world history, and truely epic romance, its exactly my kind of book. Spanning generations, timelines, and memory its a peice of art.
Just like Matthew Clairmont is a piece of art. Diana’s conterpart for much of the series is the classic tall dark and handsome vampire. He’s got so much life to him, so much heart. A true knight in shinning armour though he doesnt accept it. Id love to have him in my life.
What is new about him and Diana both is they’re smart. Incredibly smart. Harkness uses all her professorial knowlege to build them up and it works so well, you feel like Matthew and Diana might just be lurking around the corner on the Oxford campus.
And that only intensifies after you see the show. I wasnt so sure how Id like it when Teresa Palmer and Matthew Goode , but the moment I saw the trailer I was sold!
Matthew Goode has always been a favorite actor of mine. He’s handsome, cultured, and a great actor. He brought Matthew to life for me with stunning accuracy.
While I wanted to be Diana, Teresa Palmer was even better at it. (Hehehhehehe). She handled Diana’s emotional journey and magical one perfectly. I cant wait to see how she handles season 2.
My favorite part though has to be the expansion. In the show we get to see not only Diana and Matthew’s journey, but we get to see the moutain of story that happened off the page too. We get to see the minor characters and how they experience everything and interact with the stories. It’s GLORIOUS!
I rate the books ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I rate the show ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Let me know what you thought!
Show availble on Sundance Now or for Purchase on Amazon