Day 13 of #31AuthorsofHalloween – Deborah Harkness

I love anything with witches (apparently I love anything, but of course, it is Halloween), and vampires are number two on my list. It does not matter if it is horrific or not, witches are just amazing. I love the way Deborah writes, and I put her up there with Alice Hoffman.

Synopsis for A Discovery of Witches

Deborah Harkness’s sparkling debut, A Discovery of Witches, has brought her into the spotlight and galvanized fans around the world. In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and a descendant of witches, discovers a long-long and enchanted alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782, deep in Oxford’s Bodleian Library. It’s reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates with her leading man, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont.

Harkness has created a universe to rival those of Anne Rice, Diana Gabaldon, and Elizabeth Kostova, and she adds a scholar’s depth to this riveting tale of magic and suspense. The story continues in book two, Shadow of Night, and concludes with The Book of Life

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White Witch of Hartford by J. Spencer Bryant

I really do not know what to say about this book, but to say that I am thrown off.

Synopsis

Contrary to some disbelief, witches and warlocks do exist. Although certain psychics phenomena have been proven to exist, yet it is still not believed by many who choose not to think about such things.

This story is not similar to Harry Potter who deals with wizards and sorcerer’s stones, but rather of a real witch with whom the author became involved through no fault of his own, other than though stressful circumstances at the time. The phrase often mentioned in the story, “there is no way out for you or me” haunted the author then and still does to this day.

Meet Madam T’umphie, a witch that came to this world on a special mission from her called Seker, and met with a fate that couldn’t be tolerated by her god, in that she had fallen in love with a mortal man. Send from the “nether world,” Madam T’umphie enjoyed toying with humans she disliked, often destroying them to the dismay of many people.

Kept secret for 25 years until now, the author recalls his harrowing experiences of becoming a supernatural pawn of a capricious spirit-being as she leads him into the unbelievable world of the paranormal.

This book is dark and mysterious. I love witches, and this one takes the cake. I don’t know if I like or hate it, to be honest. You have the main character that goes by the name of “Chef”, and a mysterious woman who is after Chef’s ex-wife’s husband (or boyfriend?), Bobbie. Bobbie has the amulet that Madam T is after. And Madam T uses Chef to get that amulet. And he gets a gift in return, anything he wants. He decides to have a powerful . . . Manhood. I know, right?

Anyways, while reading this book, with the synopsis in my head, I am thinking to myself “this cannot be real”. “Maybe this is some way the author is exaggerating a story?” Then I remembered, it’s just a story, just like the other books that make you think it’s real, but isn’t . . . Or is it?

The book could have gone great without certain descriptions, scenarios, and even some words. Words I cannot even repeat. And there are very few.

I give White Witch of Hartford 3 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ because like I said, I don’t know if I like the book, or I dislike it. The story itself is great, but the way it was written, was kind of . . . Confusing. Check it out, and let me know what you think.