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To describe this book in brief and to help others quickly relate, it's a delightful combination of
What always kept me coming back were
the character interactions between Diana and Matthew
the many, many historical threads
the description of how magic and all other things felt to diana
the depth of character
the blend of science and magic
But, before I could get to those ideas, I really had to believe Jennifer Ikeda's narrations and interpretation of each character. A couple things she read I might have interpreted differently, but overall, I was thrilled. She really did a great job staying true to each character's accent and feel.
I don't want to give too much away. So, I won't write more. But, I LOVED this book and am quite inspired by it all. I love Oxford as a setting and thanks to the many episodes of Inspector Lewis (que swoon over DS Hathaway - that's Lawrence Fox, the blonde below - but it's the character I love!). Even the Bodleian I had a visual of due to one of the Inspector Lewis epsiodes. It was really, really great to be able to visualize the way Ashmole 782 might have been stored away, needed to be called for and the scenes set in the Bodleian.
If you enjoyed any of the aforementioned books, oxford, fantasy lit, talk of witches, vampires, and historical fiction, then I think you'll enjoy the All Souls Trillogy by starting with The Discovery of Witches. Read, listen, but what ever you do - enjoy and savor the book. It's worth every word.
If you've read - what was your favorite scene? Who was your favorite character? Or, favorite location?
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