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Reminiscent of a mash-up of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles/Mayfair Witches series-...more(lost my original entry-in-progress ... let's try this again, grrrr)
Reminiscent of a mash-up of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles/Mayfair Witches series--although lacking their true horror--with a pinch of Dan Brown's use of secret societies, ancient texts with hidden meanings, and science married with the mystical, A Discovery of Witches is the beginning of what I believe will be a fantastic series.
To be honest, it was a difficult read for someone with a lot on their plate and while borrowing it from the library. But between two library systems and some fortuitous synchronicity, I finally managed to get through the nearly 600 small type, highly-detailed pages of this tome wanting more. I would suggest planning on reading this book in one marathon two or three day session with nothing else on your to-do list.
I will reserve my opinion that it could have been edited down to exercise a lot of the detail until I read Shadow of Night. If the next book in this All Souls Trilogy, is as verbose without more of this detail paying off in the subsequent novels--as a good portion did in the last 100-200 pages of this one--then I'll know this is a fault of the author and editor. Somehow I get the feeling that it really was necessary to get all of the complex subplots moving along with the main story and set-up what's to come in books #2 and #3.
Harkness did an excellent job of world building with a large amount of that description. By the last third, I was thoroughly enmeshed in this world despite the multiple plots. She also has created complex and engaging characters with whom I am anxious to continue following on their adventures.
Despite the verbose description and somewhat annoying stop-and-start pacing, I think A Discovery of Witches is well-worth the effort, and I look forward to reading the entire series.(less)
A worthy follow-up to Beautiful Creatures that begins two months after the concluding events in that book. The pacing this time around is slower with...moreA worthy follow-up to Beautiful Creatures that begins two months after the concluding events in that book. The pacing this time around is slower with a lot more of the story going on in Ethan's head, but the plot and character development is completely satisfying. Ethan starts hearing a new song about Lena and this time the focus is on the Seventeenth Moon and Lena's decision to be either a Light or a Dark Caster. In her grief, Lena has isolated herself from everyone -- including Ethan. Ethan starts his summer job working for his Aunt Marian, the town librarian and discovers that she's also hired an apprentice Ivy.
Despite Gatlin's reputation for being a sleepy, southern town steeped in tradition and oblivious to the powerful Casters and Incubuses in their midst, a whole lot of trouble is brewing as the Light and Dark factions of Lena's family wait impatiently for her to claim herself. Soon Lena's trouble-making cousin Ridley shows up with her mysterious, motorcycle riding companion John Breed and their presence, along with jealousy, fear, and misunderstandings, pull Lena and Ethan apart. But Ethan is determined to stand by Lena at all costs.
For a novel that spends a great deal of time in Ethan's head, once the action takes off, the adventure is filled with twists, turns, and surprises that you just don't see coming. I love it when I'm so sure I know where a story is headed only to be proven wrong, which is exactly what happened for me in Beautiful Darkness.
I'm very much looking forward to the next book in this series Beautiful Chaos to find out the repercussions of Lena's choice.(less)
Loved it. A great story that grabs you and sucks you in immediately, characters that are interesting and relatable, a well balanced amount of descript...moreLoved it. A great story that grabs you and sucks you in immediately, characters that are interesting and relatable, a well balanced amount of description and dialogue, and a fast paced plot that will keep you turning the pages. I can't wait to read Beautiful Darkness, the next book in this series.(less)
At the end of Dead in the Family Sookie's great-grandfather Niall ordered the faeries back into their realm le...more**spoiler alert** **MILD PLOT SPOILERS**
At the end of Dead in the Family Sookie's great-grandfather Niall ordered the faeries back into their realm leaving only a handful of individuals behind, including her cousin Claude and great-uncle Dermot, who frequently stay with Sookie to share faerie energy.
To try and get her life back to normal, Sookie decides to enlist the help of her faerie relatives to empty the long-unused attic and sort through its contents. But as so often happens with Sookie, even that simple task yields strange, hidden treasures causing her to question her lineage.
As if that isn't troubling enough, she may loose her job because Sam's bar is not only being picketed by an anti-shifter church group, it's losing business to the trendy, new establishment known as Vic's Redneck Roadhouse. Sookie is in the line of fire when Merlotte's gets firebombed while she's working one night. She walks away with only singed hair and minor burns, but was the responsible party an anti-shifter trying to ruin Sam or was Sookie the real target of their attack?
Right on cue, Sookie's vampire husband Eric flies in to protect her, but he's dealing with troubles of his own. Victor, the new King of Louisiana's proxy, is still a thorn in Eric's side. Victor starts his own nightclub in direct competition with Eric's club Fangtasia and forbids Pam from siring a child, causing tension between Eric and Pam.
Of course, Eric has other secrets that when revealed will make Sookie question their relationship. And it wouldn't be a Southern Vampire novel without additional entanglements involving werewolf Alcide, witches Amelia & Bob, half-demon lawyer Mr. Cataliades, nephew Hunter, a pregnant Tara, vampire Bill Compton, and Bubba.
Terrific pacing, increased character development, and plenty of plot twists, turns, and reveals along the way to keep any fan of this series entertained.(less)
I finally started reading the "free samplers" that Penguin/Ace/Roc Books distributed at SDCC 2009. Several novels seemed promising, this being one of...moreI finally started reading the "free samplers" that Penguin/Ace/Roc Books distributed at SDCC 2009. Several novels seemed promising, this being one of the most intriguing.
I really, really enjoyed it. Great characters, great story and lots of action -- just what I'm looking for in UF books! I hope that Huff decides to expand on this world and give us more tales about Alysha & the Gale family, because I will be waiting to read them!(less)
Harris' Sookie short stories are just as engaging as her full length novels. In fact, they are nice filler stories for what's going on between the eve...moreHarris' Sookie short stories are just as engaging as her full length novels. In fact, they are nice filler stories for what's going on between the events in the novels without the high drama ~ just cool, insights in character development.
However, don't make the mistake I did and let them spoil a story arc in a novel not yet read. Either buy the book and only read the short stories in their chronological order in between the novels or don't read all of them until you have finished From Dead to Worse (Book #8).