The All Souls Complete Trilogy: A Discovery of Witches is only the beginning of the story by Deborah Harkness
Published by Headline on October 30, 2014
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A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life, now available in a beautiful boxed set
With more than two million copies sold in the United States, the novels of the number one New York Times–bestselling All Souls Trilogy have landed on all the major bestseller lists, garnered rave reviews, and spellbound legions of loyal fans. Now all three novels are available in an elegantly designed boxed set that’s perfect for fans and newcomers alike.
All Souls Trilogy
This is a fabulous trilogy I highly recommend for readers who enjoy Outlander. The adventure, mystery, forbidden romance and a sprinkling of witty humor I enjoyed in Outlander was prevalent throughout the trilogy. It is an epic tale I have read effortlessly over a busy couple of weeks. A cast of many created a wonderful depth to the story and I have added it to my list of books I want to read again!
Below are my reviews for each book in the trilogy:
A Discovery of Witches (5 Stars)
I highly recommend the TV Series adaptation of this book. The characters resonated with how I visualised them and I can’t wait for the next season to air! The title and blurb wrap up the essence of Diana learning to fit into a world as a non-practicing witch. But her powers have other ideas and her choice to ignore her heritage becomes impossible. When she befriends a vampire in the process she has no option but to seek refuge. With relationships forbidden between witches, daemons and vampires, their consorting raises eyebrows all round. As she finds her safest place is in the arms of a vampire, their alliance ramps up the ire of the witches and other vampires.
The suspense is amplified by the mystery surrounding the importance of the long lost book, Ashmore 782. Diana’s access to the book draws unwelcome attention from witches, daemons and vampires. The witches will stop at nothing to get their hands on it. The battle they endure is terrifying and Diana’s resistance is tested to her limits. Concern for Matthew and Diana’s well being builds among their family and friends as was the peril they place themselves in by condoning the relationship.
A Discovery of Witches is an action packed book that will leave you on the edge of your seat. My intention was to hold off reading more until the next television season was released, but my need for a guaranteed good read meant I was back catching up with Diana and Matthew before I knew it!
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Shadow of Night (4 Stars)
Lovers of Time Travel will relish this indulgence. I adored how Matthew’s vision of history was shaped through his knowledge of the future. Diana’s need to develop her skills to survive in the new world coincided with her growth as a confident woman. The journey also shone a light on the challenges of living a long life. She soon discovers the simple life is just as fulfilling as the freedom she left behind in the modern world.
What I found challenging at this point in the story the self-control Matthew maintained around Diana. While admirable, it was a different take to my expectations for a vampire to sustain. At times the story had a tendency to jump quickly between scenes. And while I felt the change, it didn’t hinder the flow of the story.
Diana and Matthew’s gut instinct is what guides them on who to trust and what their next move will be. The uncertainty added to the suspense and built the overarching story between books. Their allies grew through the camaraderie of people who hoped for a better world.
I enjoyed this book so much that I didn’t stop before launching straight into the next book!
Book of Life (4 Stars – with a 5 Star finish)
The Book of Life brings the trilogy together. Diana has her confidence in check and exudes inner strength befitting her namesake. Matthew is her anchor as she is his but this book was Diana’s opportunity to shine with all her acquired regalia.
The heat in their romance was through their strong chemistry. Steamy moments were few and far between, limited by rarely being alone and their focus on survival. Not once I doubt their devotion and love for each other.
I loved the way past characters helped bring the story to a fabulous conclusion. Leading up to the finale, my attention waned but at no point did I lose my desire to continue reading. The last section of this book took my rating from a 3.5 to 4 stars. The rally to the finish was in keeping with the action and tone of the first book.
There’s a reading guide at the end of the book that I wish I would have known about beforehand. The reading notes in the iBook addition I read included images and how they inspired the story. I will be sure to mark my calendar for a future slow read as mapped out to conclude in line with Halloween.
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