This is another amazingly lush, complex, and thrilling paranormal romance/ urban fantasy/History/ I don’t think I know how it should really be shelved. Like Diana Gabaldon’s well-researched past, Deborah Harkness continues the story she started in A Discovery of Witches. Literally, from the end of the first step going back in time. 1500 year old Matthew De Clairmont is Matthew Royden in 1590, a real mysterious person out of the past. With Dr. Harkness grasp of history of science and her marvelous weaving of threads (much like her character Diana Bishop), there is a good reason it shot to number one on the NYT book list. I can’t say enough about the story.
It can be read on many levels. One, as a lover of mysteries wanting to delve into history, the names she gives her characters, and clues and Easter eggs buried in the text.
As a love story.
As a vampire/witch tale unlike any other.