I just finished reading A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. I just happened to run into an available copy of the book so I grabbed it, even though it involved jumping ahead of my lists. This was a surprisingly enjoyable book, the first volume of a trilogy. I swore I would never read a vampire story and this book does have vampires, especially the very handsome, charming, possessive, and pale Matthew de Clermont. Matthew has lived for 500 years, is a leader to his fingertips, and is as dangerous as you would expect him to be.
The witch Diana Bishop is the central character in this story, however, and when the story begins she is trying very hard, and rather unsuccessfully, to bury her magic and be a normal human scholar. Diana and Matthew fall in love.
Can a culture allow cross-over relationships between magical creatures. This is the issue that foments a war between the three magical groups.
The third magical group is the daemons and of course there are also both evil and appealing daemons in this story.
This tale is a cross between Harry Potter (in its appeal) and Diane Gabaldon’s Outlander series (Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, and A Breath of Snow and Ashes) about Claire Randall and her Scotsman, Jamie Fraser who meet at Stonehenge, fall in love, and travel through time.
This is not a teenage vampire fantasy; it is a fantasy for adults, a made-up world in the best tradition of made-up worlds. I can’t wait for the sequel.