Roush Review: ‘A Discovery of Witches’ Is Luxurious and Intelligent Escapism
That’s where historian Diana Bishop (Teresa Palmer), who has long repressed the witch within, unearths an ancient tome, a Book of Life sought after by witches, vampires and demons alike. (All live secretly among humans.)
Their cross-species relationship raises suspicions among the underworld’s ruling Congregation, based in glorious-looking Venice, and soon they’re both in danger. Which means a crash course for Diana in the ways of witchcraft.
Adapting Deborah Harkness’s excellent All Souls trilogy, Discovery is luxurious and intelligent escapism, though hobbled by Palmer’s less-than-bewitching blandness. Goode more than compensates with his usual grace, while hinting at his inner beast.
He’s the ghoul to watch.
A Discovery of Witches, Series Premiere Thursday, January 17 Sundance Now and Shudder