Most authors have it, which is why we’re avid readers as well as writers. A really good story is a treasure and the giver of the gift – the author – should be appreciated. I stumbled on Deborah Harkness’ A Discovery of Witches – free on BookBub at the time – without great expectations, and it probably sat on my Kindle for awhile before I actually opened it. But when I started reading, I practically did a double-take.
This book has the kind of excellent writing that seamlessly pulls you into the story. Its characters have depth and interesting quirks (beyond being a witch or a vampire), scruples and wounds. I became an immediate fan. Here are some juicy samples:
“ Much of what qualified as magic was simply desire in action. Witchcraft was different – that took spells and rituals. But magic? A wish, a need, a hunger too strong to be denied – these could turn into deeds when they crossed a witch’s mind.”
“Magic is desire made real.”
“When a witch concentrates on something she wants, and then imagines how she might get it, she can make it happen.”
Stories are a great teaching tool because we easily absorb indirect learning. Through stories we witness a process outside ourselves, relax our defenses and activate our imaginations. All these factors encourage us to consider what’s possible without reaching or resistance. Maybe we’ll even recall a time when we concentrated on something we wanted, imagined how to get it, and ended up making it happen. A Discovery of Witches is rich with insights that flow naturally as events unfold.
So a few pages into the book, I’m thinking “Wow! I’ve discovered a rising star.” And then I went to Ms. Harkness’ website and learned that I’ve come way late to the party. A television series based on her bestselling book is already in production. Good job, Ms. Harkness!
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