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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
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Jan 05, 12

bookshelves: audible, urban-fantasy
Read in March, 2011

While Harkness has weaknesses as a writer (most notably a tendency for dense exposition), the story and characters are engaging and the world is interesting with a refreshing take on what could have been a rather pedestrian mythos. Diana, our heroine, is naive for her age and academic position, but her naivety is reasonable aspect of her history and circumstances. Matthew is very assertive, but that, too, is natural and unlike many in this genre it is visibly motivated by his attachment to his family and friends—and, he’s both teachable and fundamentally kind.
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