This Week, I Read…Deborah Harkness’s Shadow of Night

There are a few characters in literature whom I wish death upon. In my real life, I don’t wish death on anyone—all manner of petty karmic things, but not death. I’m a psychopath, but only literary (pun intended). My list: Dolores Umbridge. Ramsey Bolton. Mr. Rochester. Rose the Hat. And now, Matthew de Clermont. He’s…

This Week, I Read…Deborah Harkness’s A Discovery of Witches

A Discovery of Witches is the wildly popular novel by Deborah Harkness. It’s got everything: witches, vampires, daemons, and scholarly puzzles that turn out to involve very complicated magical answers. Diana Bishop is a witch who wants to be a human. After the brutal deaths of her parents, she turns her back on her powers,…