Have you noticed the trend that no one can write just one novel anymore? Everything has to become a trilogy. Which is a real problem for someone who is as impatient as I am. Because of course the books are never released all at once – it’s a year at least in between the rest of the series. I can still remember where I was when one of the books in the Twilight series was released. My best friend and I were on a vacation in San Francisco, and we stayed up late to go to the midnight release party at a local bookstore and then read it together in our hotel room. We actually tried to stop at the same point so that the other wouldn’t read ahead and give anything away when we discussed it. The anticipation makes it fun, but then there’s just a general let down when you realize you have to wait several more months before you can continue the story.
This is exactly how I felt when I read A Discovery of Witches last year. Deborah Harkness’ debut fictional novel was hard to get into at first, but the reader’s persistence has been amply repaid by the end of the book. She weaves a magical story about witches, vampires, and demons. Diana Bishop, a witch and a scholar has tried to do all she can to deny her magical heritage, but once she is able to unintentionally summon a lost manuscript from the Bodleian Library, there is no escaping her destiny as a very powerful witch. Of course she has the help of a devastatingly handsome vampire, Matthew Clairmont, who is there to protect her from all the otherworldy creatures who want to get their hands on the manuscript.
I have often heard this book referred to as the adult version of Twilight. This is probably a fairly accurate statement. Diana can be just as annoying as Bella, and Matthew is just as ridiculously good-looking and possessive as Edward. For some reason, Matthew is always having to physically support, sometimes even carry, Diana because she’s just so tired. She barely keeps it together in some scenes enough to climb a few flights of stairs. I know the extra adrenaline and magic coursing through her body make her tired, but it is just a bit much. However, the history is fascinating, the settings are gorgeous, and most of the characters are charming. The second book in the series, Shadow of Night, was released last week, and I can’t wait to read it!
If this sounds intriguing, you’ll want to join us at the Main Street Book Club’s discussion Tuesday, July 17th at 6:30 p.m. in the Library Community Room. We’d love to see you there!