Today, 18th September, is the start of the A Discovery of Witches real-time read. We start reading the same date that the book starts, continuing right through to the second book: Shadow Of Night and then The Book Of Life.

Sometimes we can go weeks without reading a chapter 😧 But then sometimes you have no willpower and find yourself skipping ahead because the books are so good.

I did this for the first time last year.

The Real-Time Reading Companion features history and facts about the characters and interesting information. The Facebook group is full of discussions as we make notes and hunt for Easter eggs in our favourite trilogy. Deborah Harkness also puts things up on her social media!

What makes this year so different is that the All Souls Con is at the end of the week and the Facebook group has increased due to the news of the TV series. It’s going to be an interesting real-time read.

This will be my third read of this series and I have been waiting eagerly, trying not to start reading. Sadly, I’ll have to wait until I finish work to start my real-time read.

What’s the book about?

“When historian Diana Bishop opens a bewitched alchemical manuscript in Oxford’s Bodleian Library it represents an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordinary life. Though descended from a long line of witches, she is determined to remain untouched by her family’s legacy. She banishes the manuscript to the stacks, but Diana finds it impossible to hold the world of magic at bay any longer.” Description from Deborah Harkness’ website

It’s a compelling read with amazing characters that you will love. Exquisite writing and a unique fantasy world that  you will not want to leave. There’s not just witches like Diana but Daemon’s and Vampires. There’s alchemy and magic. Science and history. Drama and love.

If you are a fan of urban fantasy or love the supernatural this book is for you.

More info here:

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