“A Discovery of Witches” Gives Readers a Butt-Kicking Witch Heroine Who Doesn’t Adhere to the Usual Stereotypes
Thanks to Harry Potter, Twilight (ew), True Blood, and more recently, FX’s popular series American Horror Story: Coven, vampires and witches are enjoying a rise in popularity in the media. However, many of the stories often suffer from having your typical “damsel in distress” heroine who mopes all day when her immortal lover isn’t around and couldn’t save herself from a snail.
Thankfully, Deborah Harkness’s A Discovery of Witches, which is the first novel in her All Souls trilogy, is here to breathe new life into the paranormal romance genre while adding fun historical tidbits that readers will really be able to sink their teeth into.
Diana Bishop is our erstwhile heroine who has descended from Salem, MA’s infamous Bridget Bishop. In the beginning of the novel, Bishop starts off hating her magic because she feels that it led to the deaths of her parents. However, after accidentally unlocking a magical text that has been thought lost for years and meeting the dashing vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, her stubborn refusal to use her magic begins to fade. Diana realizes that in order to live in peace with her vampire boyfriend and keep herself safe from those who would want her dead, she is going to have to fight by using her magic. The transformation from stubborn professor to butt-kicking witch heroine is delightful to watch because it takes a skilled hand to create such a complex female character who doesn’t adhere to the many stereotypes found in literature today.
By seamlessly blending both historical fiction and paranormal romance, Harkness has created a fascinating novel that promotes girl power and leaves her readers hankering for more!