Author Topic: HARKNESS, Deborah  (Read 3102 times)

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HARKNESS, Deborah
« on: March 26, 2011, 11:07:46 pm »
Deborah Harkness just published A Discovery of Witches. I loved this book so much.

Except for Ilona Andrews, this is one of the best books I have ever read. Diana, a witch and historian, accidentally discovers a missing manuscript. This attracts bad attention from other supernaturals, including vampire Matthew. Their romance violates the laws of the supernatural ruling council. Will they choose love, or survival?

I laughed a lot, I was caught up in their epic romance, and the world building details were amazing. The mystery of Diana's abilities and her parents will keep you guessing.

I loved how well written this book was. There were really descriptive scenes that made me feel like I was actually at Oxford College or doing yoga, etc. And there were different points of view, from the main character and some of the side characters. So those flashes of insight from other minds really helped bring the story together.

And it is a great length, around 592 pages. I love when an amazing story has time to develop and really explore the mystery going on. I enjoyed every page.

I can't say enough positive things about this book, and I very rarely rave about a book.

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Re: HARKNESS, Deborah
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2011, 11:15:40 pm »
I heartily agree :) I didn't realize how many pages were in the book, lol. I read on my kindle app & they weren't displaying page numbers back when I read it. You better believe that I'll be eagerly watching for the next installment bOOk

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Re: HARKNESS, Deborah
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2011, 11:29:20 pm »
I can't imagine how long this book must have seemed on Kindle. I was trying to figure out when the sequel would be published and I found some news.

In an interview with Canadian magazine, Zoomer, on March 4, 2011 the author Deborah Harkness said about a sequel, "...We are working very hard to get it out as soon as possible; and we are aiming for next year.

I am working on it now and have been for a while. When I thought of this and began writing it, I realized really quickly that I could imagine telling Diana and Matthew's story in three distinct movements. I wrote the first chapter of the first book and then what I imagined to be the last chapter of the last book of three.

Now I feel like we are on a journey with them. I know the destination and I know it must be frustrating for readers to not know exactly where they are headed - but I do know. They (the readers) are just going to have to power on for the ride."

So it looks like the author is planning a trilogy and they are hoping to release the next book next year, in 2012. I can hardly wait!

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Re: HARKNESS, Deborah
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2011, 11:43:43 pm »
It seemed to take forever to read that book on my kindle app, lol. And now I know why... It most definitely wasn't a book that I could tear thru in a matter of hours like I can with your average urban fantasy. Or as I put in a post about this book, it most definitely was not a quick read type of book ;D This book had much more detail & in-depth world building, with plenty of room for more ;)

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Re: HARKNESS, Deborah
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2011, 08:40:15 am »
I really like this book it was very long but i never noticed because i was so into it.
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Re: HARKNESS, Deborah
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2011, 12:56:26 am »
I just read on author Deborah Harkness' website that book 2, Shadow of Night, is coming out summer 2012. Amazon has the release date as July 10, 2012. I can't wait to read more about Diana and Matthew.

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Re: HARKNESS, Deborah
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2015, 04:49:15 pm »
I was whining about not finding a new author/book series which hooked me and made me devour more.  My sister in law suggested Harkness and I was riveted.

It is a very deep, intense series and I am glad that the trilogy was a nice solid 3 and not extended or I think I might have suffered from burn out of book OD, but I absolutely dove right into the next book as soon as I finished one.  The was no being ambivalent and just reading because the books were ok and wth, I'd already started so I should finish like with some series.  This has some seriously good writing and world building.  She also managed to put in sensuality and romance without delving into the land of eroticism or soft porn like some authors tend to these days :-). This really makes my non-voyueristic self very happy.


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