Flashback Friday hosted by Fiction Fare and Swoony Boys Podcast
I initially read A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness prior to blogging...way prior to blogging because I read this book right when it came out thus making this wait for the final book even more agonizing but I digress. But it also leads me into why I was so excited to re-read this book before the final installment came out...and I am so glad I did...
This book is even better the second time around. The characters are so well-developed and complex that going back to the beginning is like visiting old friends. I feel completed transported while reading and I cannot tell you enough how much I love being in Matthew and Diana's world. I can see the Bodlein library, I can perfectly envision Sept-Tours, and I feel like a visitor myself to Sarah and Em's epic house.
None that make any sense to you? Well, you should definitely put this on your TBR list then. Why? Because while the book is big and the print is small every sentence is, dare I say it?, magical. I truly love reading every word of this book. The writing of Deborah Harkness, while verbose, feels necessary. I can't really explain it more than that except when planning my re-read I told myself I'd be able to buzz through it and skim sections. Not the case. I found myself completely lost in the story, that I already knew, and wanting not to skim anything. That's how I good I find this story and the writing. I love long books because when done well they give you a perfect sense of the story without being rushed. That is exactly this book. SO MUCH PLOT HAPPENS but nothing is rushed or overlooked and all the characters get to know each other and vibe off each other, it is just amazing.
Did I mention there's a romance?...THERE'S A ROMANCE. And a damn freakin' good one at that. Matthew Clairemont has been in my top ten book boyfriends list for years. He is the first vampire my Twilight phobia heart fell in love with. Le sigh. And he's French. Does that help? It should. I want to faint every time he calls Diana mon coeur. I also want to learn French...sigh.
SO! Check back next week for my Flashback Friday to Shadow of Night, the second book in the series and then shortly after my review for The Book of Life! Eeep! Excuse me while I go start in on book 2 :)
Genre: Adult Fantasy & Paranormal
Publisher: Viking Penguin
Publication Date: February 2011