Disclaimer: I love me a good tale involving the supernatural. Keyword here is good. Yes, there are many novels out there with witches, vampires, ghosts, and the like, but finding one that has a solid plot? Not so common. And one that makes you able to believe that these non-human entities could feasibly be walking amongst us? Even harder to find. Enter the first novel by Deborah Harkness: A Discovery of Witches. AND, it's the first in a trilogy! I am anticipating the second instalment (due out this summer) with bated breath.
So what's this book about?
Okay, write-ups like that are supposed to make a book seem appealing, but sometimes the actual story and writing leaves much to be desired. This is not the case. Harkness's style is enjoyable and the text is laden with historical and scientific factors (Harkness is a professor of history herself), which serve to root this tale in reality (as well as appealing to the history-geek portion of myself). Yes, this story makes the existence of witches, daemons, and vampires plausible. You may find yourself wondering what if?
I could not put this book down and even dreamt about the characters while reading it (you KNOW a story is a good one when). Harkness is very good at dishing out just enough details (especially about characters' pasts)...you're hooked and want to devour the book like it's a coconut-sugar sweetened chocolate cake. Or, at least I did.