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Started well, but ultimately disappointing,
This review is from: A Discovery of Witches (Kindle Edition)
The blurb description and the many positive reviews encouraged me to buy this book and indeed it started well, with a mystery and love interest appearing in short order.
However, the story was very slow to move on from the promising beginning and I felt that very little of note happened for hundreds of pages. I can understand that the author wanted to build her world and introduce the characters but even after endless descriptions of misty rivers, hot baths, dusty libraries and handsome/terrifying strangers I didn't feel that they moved beyond their initial caricatures.
I didn't find their relationships convincing, with the central couple falling in deep instant love despite having virtually no knowledge of each other- in that sense it felt very like a twilight copycat. Another niggle was the close relationship between the main character and her love-interest's mother. The author went to great lengths to describe the mother as a difficult, angry person who liked virtually no one and was very different to the main character- but soon after the two women met they seemed to bond deeply.
Despite those things, I could have still enjoyed the book if the entire thing didn't just set us up for a sequel! None of the questions posed are answered in this book, and I found the ending deeply unsatisfying after trekking through what is quite a long text.
The central story is a good one and I will almost definitely buy the sequel to get the answers I wanted but I hope that the editor will be a little more ruthless with it.