According to the blurb, it's:
"A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together."I pretty much go weak at the knees at the word 'manuscript' and I'd been looking forward to reading this book for a while.
Diana Bishop is a scholar, a witch and the main character of the novel. She is studying alchemy in ancient texts and manuscripts (another reason I wanted to read this book) from the famous Bodleian Library in Oxford.
On a side note, I love collecting bookmarks, and when I was selecting a bookmark to use when reading Discovery of Witches, I chose a bookmark with an image of ancient manuscripts on the front, knowing the references contained in the novel. However, I didn't know that the main character would be studying at the Bodleian Library and would you believe it, the image on my bookmark was from the Bodleian Library, and the back of the bookmark had some info about the Library; what a weird coincidence!
Sadly, that was the most excitement I had whilst reading this book. Sure, I enjoyed the sections written in Oxford, where Diana was studying alchemy and the illuminated texts. I enjoyed the discussions of history and the passing of time when Diana met the centuries-old vampire, however what spoiled the novel for me was the romance. There was just too much! The book was dripping with romance, and if I'd known what was in store or how much, I probably would have given this one a miss.
I was in a three star frame of mind until Diana - who was in love with a vampire - referred to the vampire's 'son,' who was a couple of hundred years old as her own son, ugh! Ridiculous!!
My rating = **