You might be watching this on Sky One – A Discovery of Witches – or may never have heard of this series, but if you like Outlander, then you’ll like this set of 3 books.
I loved them and I’m going to list my reasons why:
- The historical accuracy – in clothing, sights, smell and books;
- Libraries and Books. The clear descriptions of old books, the way they were bound, the way they were printed, the colours and te illustrations;
- How difficult it is to write with a quill – and write clear and clean hand-writing;
- Descriptions of Alchemical experiments as described in the books, and as they are to be understood in modern chemistry terms;
- ‘Meeting’ historical characters in Elizabethan London. The philosophical discussions. The political intrigue;
- Details of Elizabethan witchcraft which ring very tue;
- Length of the books – like Outlander, the books are long and rich in descriptions and details. You feel that you are really obtaining full value for money;
- The move from country to country and time to time with all the different customs and languages. And the reminder that Langue D’Oc was the language of most of Southern France and the Occitanie and the County of Toulouse, and that Paris was the capital of France which was not the ruler of this area, except by remote access.
- The author is an historian and has actually visited the places she writes about from the Bodleian to the Yale Library;
- And finally, they hooked me and I just couldn’t put them down. They were a very good read, well written and clean and clear stylistically, and engrossing. The characters grabbed you and you wanted to find out what came next….