It began with absence and desire. It began with blood and fear. It began with a discovery of witches.
The All Souls trilogy is one of my all-time favorite series for a immeasurable list of reasons, big and small. Overall, I love how the books are so incredibly well written and well researched. I love that the story is imbued with a one-of-a-kind mix of magic and science, history and fiction, suspense and mystery. Frankly, these three novels represent everything I endeavor to find in a book. Add to all that goodness, a forbidden romance between a vampire and a witch that transcends the ages, battles the world and defies what everyone thought possible, and well, you have my undivided attention.
The series imparts the story of Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont… a story that begins between two academics–two creatures–in the Bodleian library’s reading room at Oxford University. A much-desired and long-lost magical book is found, then lost again, inciting a brutal race to re-locate it and uncover its otherworldly secrets. Diana and Matthew’s story takes us on quite an adventure, as we work to unveil the secrets hidden in blood, history, alchemy and magic.
Here’s a quick video where Deborah Harkness talks about their story…
#1 – A Discovery of Witches
Deborah Harkness’s sparkling debut, A Discovery of Witches, has brought her into the spotlight and galvanized fans around the world. In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and a descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782, deep in Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates with her leading man, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont.
#2- Shadow of Night
The #1 New York Times–bestselling sequel to A Discovery of Witches—“as enchanting, engrossing, and impossible to put down as its predecessor” (Miami Herald)
A Discovery of Witches introduces reluctant witch Diana Bishop, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and the battle for a lost, enchanted manuscript known as Ashmole 782.
Picking up from A Discovery of Witches’ cliffhanger ending, Shadow of Night takes Diana and Matthew on a trip through time to Elizabethan London, where they are plunged into a world of spies, magic, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the School of Night. As the search forAshmole 782 deepens and Diana seeks out a witch to tutor her in magic, the net of Matthew’s past tightens around them, and they embark on a very different—and vastly more dangerous—journey.
#3- The Book of Life
The highly anticipated finale to the #1 New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with A Discovery of Witches
After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness’s enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency. In the trilogy’s final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.
- Meet the characters
- Read an excerpt from Discovery of Witches
- Discover the world of: Alchemy
- Discover the world of: Ashmole 782
About Deborah Harkness
My life has been a series of left turns that nevertheless took me in the right direction (though it didn’t always seem so at the time). I went to college to be a theater major and ended up studying the Renaissance. I went to grad school to become a college administrator and loved to teach so much I became a college professor instead. I thought I wanted to be a Tudor-Stuart historian, and found myself a historian of science. I started blogging because a friend needed help on a project in 2006 and am still blogging about wine today. I started writing a novel in the fall of 2008, and it became a New York Times Bestseller in February 2011: A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES. The second volume in the All Souls Trilogy, SHADOW OF NIGHT, came out in July 2012 and debuted at #1 on the NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller’s List. What’s next? The final volume of the trilogy, of course – THE BOOK OF LIFE.