Ahhh. The fact of the matter is that JK Rowling is a storyteller. A great storyteller. I do have "Casual Vacancy" but had not yet brought myself to re...moreAhhh. The fact of the matter is that JK Rowling is a storyteller. A great storyteller. I do have "Casual Vacancy" but had not yet brought myself to read it.
But the fact of the fact is I am a sucker for mysteries. And of course I did not buy this book until the hoopla can out just a few days ago. I am glad it did because I would hate to have missed out.
Plenty of characters/suspects. But JKR has proven she can deal with complications with flying stars. And I really enjoyed this one.
Forget the hoopla. The drama. It's a good read.(less)
A Discovery of Witches seems to be one of those books that you either love or hate.
And the many of the haters accuse it of being a "Twilight" knock-of...moreA Discovery of Witches seems to be one of those books that you either love or hate.
And the many of the haters accuse it of being a "Twilight" knock-off. In my opinion, it takes more that the male main character being a vampire to be like Twilight. So this isn't really like Twilight at all.
Harkness reveals an alternate reality that contains witches, vampires and demons. And while these species are united in wanting to remain hidden to the humans, they are separate species and want to maintain their separateness. The thought is that if two or more different "creatures" spend time together, the humans will have to notice the 3 kinds of creatures.
But the excitement and interesting-ness and mystery begin when a witch who is in denial of her powers, ends up trying to solve a mystery with a vampire--who also becomes a love interest.
I hate giving any plot details away in a review. But this was all stuff I knew before I read a word of the book.
This is the first of a trilogy, I believe. And the end of this book isn't a tidy little chapter end. You know who some multi volume books will end with some details all wrapped up and a few loose strings that make you want to read the next book? Not this one. I had originally thought I'd wait until the next book came out to start this one. But I didn't. And in the long run, I'm okay with that.
There are enough unique and interesting details in this alternative universe that I feel this in an original work. And all the characters, minor characters, good guys, bad guys, etc, are 3 dimensional. The ever more complex plot is revealed in layers, keeping the reader interested and curious.
I can't wait for the next installment.
July 2012: I re-read this book in preparation for the second book.
I have to confess, I have become sick and tired of books with vampires. It's like some "Write Books on This Topic and Make a Lot of Money" list put vampires at the top of the list. And I have become so burnt out on vamps.
So I wasn't sure how I would feel reading this one again.
But, Harkness has, in my opinion, made a more grown up vampire book. Not grown up like 50 shades of Grey. And certainly not young adult like Twilight.
I think it is the academic research that continued to be a focus in this book that kept me interested. Being so long, it occasionally dragged, but as the plot continued to circle back to solving the mystery that is Diana, it kept my interest and felt different and completely unique from the vast morass that is popular vampire fiction today. I hope she keeps it up in volume 2.(less)