DATE PUBLISHED: 08th February 2011
A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together.
Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.
This is an intellectual paranormal novel that left me pondering the contents well after the last page. The imagery the words evoke in this novel was something to be marvelled at. I was in love with the Oxford Library from the first chapter.
The movement of the plot is kind of slow and not every scene is action packed. This could have led to boredom on the reader’s part if I did not love the word use so much. The flow of this book was seamless and I enjoyed the rhythm and pacing.
The characters of Diana and Matthew are scholarly characters who are both strong and intelligent. This was amazing to read about intelligent and strong characters and I am extremely interested in how their relationship will develop in future books.
Overall, this is a beautifully written book that stretches out the plot and for those patient enough the pay off is right around the corner. The paranormal element of the book linked in with Diana’s interest in science was beautiful symmetry.
Keep Calm and Read On,