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.
Humans, witches, vampires, and daemons. I don’t know what daemons are in this world, only that they are highly intelligent and talented. There are hardly any daemons encountered in this book (probably in the following books?). It focuses more on witches and vampires.
What I like:
- It’s a combination of paranormal, science, and a lot of history which I absolute like.
- I like that bits and pieces of actual history are added.
What I don’t like:
- The book tends to get dragging. I think there are scenes that can be omitted.
- If you can get through reading the first several chapters, I can assure you things will get very interesting in the later parts.
Well it got my interest enough to stop me from totally abandoning it. So much so that I am now reading the second book “Shadow of Night”, which is also a bit dragging that it’s taking me too long to finish it (haha).
I might watch the upcoming TV series based on this novel that will come out this September. The trailer looks interesting enough. And it stars Matthew Goode as Matthew Clairmont and Teresa Palmer as Diana Bishop. Hopefully it will be more interesting to watch. We’ll see.