QBD Reviews: A Discovery of Witches

“It begins with absence and desire, it begins with blood and fear, it begins with a discovery of witches”

Deborah Harkness’ debut novel ‘A Discovery of Witches’ is a wonderfully created blend of history meets the paranormal. Diana Bishop is a young scholar with an interest in alchemy and comes from a long line of powerful witches, though she herself has no interest in the sorcery and shuns anything to do with magic. During her endeavors at Oxford’s Bodleian Library she stumbles on a bewitched manuscript, wanting nothing to do with it she sends the manuscript back to the stacks, not realizing that she is the only person capable of breaking its spell. Her discovery turns the paranormal world on its head and causes all manner of vampires, daemons and even other witches to cross her path. A Discovery of Witches is a novel that has you asking yourself if these creatures really did exist what role could they have had on the history we know?

- Jess, Australia Fair