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Author: Deborah Harkness
I cannot believe how incredible this book was. The characters are vibrant and complex, the settings absolutely breathtaking. There was never a point in this book where I felt bored or unmotivated to read any more. This book is one of those occasions where I could not put the book down until I was literally falling asleep.
Diana Bishop is a 30-something witch who has rarely practiced her craft, instead focusing her efforts on being one of the most sought-after historians in the world. Her focus on alchemy puts her back in the realm of magic, with an ancient text revealing itself to her at Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Enter a menagerie of vampires, daemons and witches who want to know more about this text. Most notably is esteemed professor, and vampire, Matthew Clairmont.
Throughout this book, readers are taken on a magical journey from Oxford to France to small-town New York state. The cast of characters draws you in to their lives and makes readers actually feel for them.
I can’t wait to begin reading the second book in this series, Shadow of Night, immediately.
Rating: 5/5 over-caffeinated daemons