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Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

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Discovery of Witches coverDr. Diana Bishop comes from a long line of witches, but after her parents’ violent death when she was 7, she has refused to use her powers. That is, until she inadvertently recalls a long-lost mystical book from the stacks of Oxford’s library. Suddenly, she is the unwitting focus of the entire non-human world, vampires, witches & daemons.  Only her growing relationship with Matthew Clairmont, a vampire, protects her from the coming storm.  When she and Matthew fall in love, which is forbidden, it becomes apparent that she needs to learn to use her powers fast.

You may dismiss Discovery of Witches as “just another urban fantasy” but, to be honest, I was surprised at how well written the book was. It feels like literary fiction instead of your standard sci-fi/fantasy book. The characters are realistic and so are the plots if you accept the existence of  patently unreal characters. Moreover, the situations occuring feel like something straight out of a pre-WW II novel. You know that war is coming and you know it’s going to be bad, but you like the characters so much that you have to know what happens next.

Give Discovery of Witches a try!