A Discovery of Witches by Deborah A. Harkness

A Discovery of Witches

Witch Diana Bishop and vampire Matthew Clairmont in A Discovery of Witches are the Romeo and Juliet of the supernatural world. This is a book about the powers of magic, books, and love. The novel is clever, well-written, and romantic.

The two meet in Oxford’s Bodeleian Library when Diana, a Yale historian, is doing research and accidently calls up an ancient, powerful manuscript which explains the origins of witches, vampires and demons—and may show how to destroy them, too. She has spent her life denying the magical side of her nature in favor of reason, but when dangerous undead characters start to harass her to get the manuscript, she needs help.

Matthew Clairmont could be the perfect man--except for his dietary restrictions. He is a doctor; he is wealthy; he is literate; and he is breathtakingly handsome. He does yoga and knows his wines.  He is 1,500 years old and actually met Shakespeare and was friends with Christopher Marlow.  He even smells good. One of my favorite scenes in the novel is their first date: Diana faces the dilemma of what to cook when you ask a vampire to dinner!
 
But Matthew  is a vampire and in Harkness’ world of humans, vampires, witches and demons, the union of the two species is forbidden, yet Matthew’s studies in genetics has found  evidence of the an evolutionary crossroads and the possible extinction of the supernatural beings. The choices Matthew and Diana make can change the future of both their species.