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A Discovery of Witches: (All Souls 1)
A Discovery of Witches: (All Souls 1)
by Deborah Harkness
Edition: Hardcover

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2.0 out of 5 stars Despite high hopes, 19 Mar. 2011
I picked up this book on recommendation and have been sorely disappointed. I truly feel that the success of 'Twilight' has simply lowered the bar for vampire fiction, and from now on female protagonists will be pretty but fragile things waiting on their Edward, or in the case of this book, Matthew. In my opinion this book draws very heavily from both the Twilight and Harry Potter franchises and while the basic premise started out promising enough the entire novel de-evolved into almost unreadable shlock. This is only compounded once one realises just how much of that shlock there is to get through. The entire thing is unnecessarily long, with the author drawing on the same phrases over and over again (I was quite tempted to mark each time that hair was drawn behind an ear, or the female lead commented on the smell of cloves) making the reader feel incredibly frustrated as the plot plods at a snail's pace. With only a few bright points in the story, the characters Ysabeau and Marthe being one, by the middle of the book one feels alienated from the story entirely, or unable to care what happens to the weak, predictable characters.

Unless a serious reworking of the next novel and its characters is forthcoming, I have no personal interest in a sequel and I do hope that the author considers putting aside all the regurgitation of other works so that something new and original can emerge.
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