The Book of Life!!! I have been waiting for this book a long time. I started with the first book, of course, and moved right onto the second one because it had just come out. The timing was perfect for the first two and a reveled in my good fortune to find a series that already had a couple books out. One of the banes of my existence is waiting for the next books to come out in a really great series.
The first book in this series is called A Discovery of Witches. It starts out in the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford. The main character, Diana Bishop, is a scholar and there to write a key note address centering on alchemical manuscripts. The world does not know about preternatural creatures and they are forbidden to gather in groups and associate with each other because they would draw human attention.
Diana is a witch, but doesn’t use her magic, it’s a touchy personal choice and the book goes into depth about her past and the events leading up to this decision. Witches are one of three groups of ‘creatures’; vampires and demons are the others. Now, whenever we hear demons, we imagine glowing red eyes and horns. The demons in this book are not any kind of hell spawn, they are gifted individuals who have intellect in excess. Usually this means demons are hard to understand because they are distracted and in some cases, mentally unstable.
In the Bodleian Diana calls up a long lost manuscript in her efforts to write the key note address and starts a chain of events that lead her on a journey to embrace magic and a forbidden romance with a charming vampire named Matthew Clairmont.
As someone who grew up reading Harry Potter and all the popular fantasy books, I loved this book. A historical romance with lots of action and intrigue. I could not put this book down when I started and HAD to run out and get the second one as soon as I was finished the first. Waiting for the third and final book in the trilogy was torture but well worth the wait.
As with most of the books I have been reviewing, I listen to it in audio book format. I really love Jennifer Ikeda as a narrator; there is something about her voice that is extremely soothing. Not that she is monotone or anything, the audio books are extremely well done. I think it is more the cadence as she speaks that I like. I become totally engrossed with this book every time I listen to it.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good fantasy read that is heavier than Twilight and has a decidedly Harry Potter feel to it.