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.
The world of creatures created in this book was quite intricate. I loved the detail in history and development that each of the three paranormals species had: vampire, witch and demon. These details really helped make the characters pop from the page.
The intricateness of the story did have a downside: slowness. I found this an incredibly slow read. I started off listening to the audiobook version, but switched to book version halfway through. I loved the narration of the audiobook. The accents were incredible, and the reading was rich and inviting. But the story moved so slowly, that I didn’t feel like it moved at all until I switched to reading.
Can I just address the ending for a moment? For a book that was so long, the story never ended, just stopped. Ugh. I hate non-endings. This was especially horrible since if felt like the story was just beginning to pick up speed.