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A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I first saw the book come out in hardcover I read the jacket and put it down. Vampires. Again. I grew out of vampires decades ago, working my way through the classics, then getting scared to death by King's Salem's Lot, then falling a little in love with Lestat, and then falling out of love with him. Then I met the vampires of Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, but that was my last flirtation with blood sport in literature. The only thing I know about vampires that sparkle in sunlight is what my friends tell me.

Then my friend Kathy, whose standards are high, and whose taste is excellent, recommended this book. I used my Nook's free sample feature, and that was that--I was hooked. I devoured this book. That part of it is set only a mile from where I grew up was just an amusing detail; seriously--how many books are set in little, rural Madison, NY?

The characters are round and fascinating, the world the author has created is just enough different from our own to be interesting, and the "mystery" is actually compelling. If I have a complaint it is that the last chapter seems to be leading toward a Galbadon-esque turn, which I really have reservations about. But friends who've read on encourage me to stick with the series. I found the rest of the book such a delightful surprise, that I will take their advice.

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Dec. 3rd, 2012 12:33 pm (UTC)
I am halfway through book two and loving it! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed book one as much as I did.
Dec. 3rd, 2012 01:09 pm (UTC)
Back in October Someone asked for book recommendations. I wrote them about DoW. Jenna blamed me that the next week she was nearly late to work twice because she was reading it!
Dec. 4th, 2012 02:12 am (UTC)
I do like me some southern-fried vampire, a la charlaine harris...but i do believe the books and the tv show have both jumped the shark.....

And zombies are the new vampires, right?
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