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What are you reading, Ms. Demmler?

Eileen Demmler is a trainee at MDC and currently works in the communications department. She describes herself as a passionate reader. In our current reading recommendation, she reviews a book by Deborah Harkness – just in time for Walpurgis Night.

Eileen Demmler has been an office management trainee at MDC since September 2021.

When Diana Bishop discovers a magical manuscript in a library, it's not long before vampires, witches, and demons are chasing her. All of them are desperate to get their hands on this manuscript, which was thought to be lost. But why do they actually want it? With the help of Matthew Clairmont, a biologist who, as a 1500-year-old vampire, knew the great scientists of his field personally, and his research team, she wants to find out why she, of all people, got the book and what will happen to her. In the process, the two must overcome several obstacles and fight for their lives. Not everyone approves of the emerging relationship between a witch and a vampire. It’s not allowed.

I came across the book "A Discovery of Witches" by Deborah Harkness by chance. I had seen the trailer of the series and then, because it sounded exciting, started to read the first of four books. It is 822 pages long. The story about love between two different life forms and their obstacles did not disappoint me.

The book follows Diana Bishop. She is a historian with all her heart and soul – and also a witch. She would, however, prefer to forget that. After the discovery of the manuscript, her life is no longer the same. Together with Matthew Clairmont she tries to get the book back and to deal with her now newly awakened powers. The book shows that love can outlast all odds, time and rules and how you can surpass yourself to do so. Time and time again, there were parts of the book where I had to laugh out loud or where I was cheering along.

Deborah Harkness: A Discovery of Witches, All Souls Series, Volume 1, Penguin Books.