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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
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Jun 21, 11

bookshelves: library-book, fantasy, kobo, pop-fiction
Read from June 18 to 21, 2011

I'm not sure how 'richly inventive' this book is - it's a cross between something written by Anne Rice and Dan Brown me thinks.
The book has a thoroughly boring first half and the main character is a flighty, predictable, irritating main character and the other characters are just one dimensional. How this main character achieves her 'powers' is quite unclear and the author feels the reader needs no explanation at this major turn of events is beyond me.
Matthew and Ysabeau as characters were more interesting than the main character, Diana. It would have made a much more enjoyable novel if they were more developed. Also, the author leaves all her plot development for the last fifth of the book and ends it abruptly, obviously encouraging the reader to purchase the next book in the series. Maybe if she had applied the same story telling techniques in the previous 4/5th of the book, more people might be interested.
The author writes like she has some real talent in her craft but the impression I'm left with is her publishers wanted her to churn out a popular vampire series fast to capitalize on sales. This makes me sad.

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Heather I'm having a hard time getting into this one.

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