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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
I was so excited today to have walked into a book sale where I picked up all four of these books for just $2.00! Here’s a brief look into what they’re about:
1.Cloche and Dagger by Jenn McKinlay
The first book in the Hat Shop Mystery Series, this book finds cousins Scarlett and Vivian running their grandmother’s hat shop in England. I have already this book, but I can’t wait to read it again, as I love the writing of Ms. McKinlay.
2. The First Affair by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
This book has been on my ‘to-read’ list for a while now. I love the writing of this fantastic duo, who are also the writers of the The Nanny Diaries. This book follows a White House intern who gets involved with the President, naturally bringing to mind a White House scandal that occurred a mere 20+ years ago.
3. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
I just recently discovered this series from an online list and have yet to read the first book, but I couldn’t resist buying this sequel. The series follows a historian descended from witches as she discovers an old manuscript and joins forces with vampire Matthew.
4. Palisades Park by Alan Brennert
Another book that I have on my long ‘to-read’ list, Palisades Park follows a family who owns a stand at the aforementioned theme park in New Jersey. The book follows the members as a variety of historical events, including The Great Depression and Pearl Harbor, occur around them.