I was referred this book by two friends who have read the whole series and are wild about it. I knew the television series was coming out, and I wanted to read the book first. I needed an Audible for driving at the time, so I downloaded it. I’m usually not a vampire fan, but will read almost anything if someone tells me it’s great. This book is incredibly well written. The flow of the plot along with the bewitching characters, and historical venture about an alchemical manuscript is the perfect trio of ingredients for a fascinating novel. Even Diana’s house has character! With all the rave, I don’t think this book needs my stamp of approval, but I am trying to review every book I read. A plus for this book was its amazing reader. I loved her accents. If you love history, witches, vampires—and even if you aren’t the biggest fan of vampires— you’ll probably love this book.