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The Quilty Reader

Lawyer, mother, avid reader. Game host extraordinaire! Partner in crime to Obsidian Black Plague! My bookish weaknesses include classics, fantasy, YA, and agreeing to read more books than is even remotely possible.

A bit slow, but still a lot of fun

A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness

So, this book hit so many of my personal buttons, that I am able to forgive it the whole "vampire romance" aspect, which does basically nothing for me.


Oxford - check.

Witches - check.

Academia - check.


I absolutely love books written about academia, if that academia includes the dreaming spires of Oxford, so much the better. I love historical stories, and if those historical stories include witches, again, so much the better.


This book was too long, and the romance was more than a little irritating. I dislike the fact that Diana is unable to use her magic, and I am hopeful that that the author will get on with that part of the story and solve that problem, because it grows annoying.


But, overall, I really, really enjoyed this book. So much so that I'm reading right into book two of the series: