The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness

all souls trilogy deborah harkness

Witches, vampires, libraries, mysterious manuscripts, rich historical details, romance, family drama…did I mention libraries and mysterious manuscripts? This is a really fun, complex and romantic trilogy, you guys!

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness Goodreads / Amazon

This trilogy is always being referred to as “Twilight for adults,” but I think that, of the three, the only book that applies to in the slightest is this one. As the various mysteries and plotlines are being introduced, everything ties back in so heavily with the main romance between Diana and Matthew (who, yes, is a vampire). If you’re willing to pay attention though, the plot basically explodes as the series continues and this trilogy becomes so much more than just another paranormal romance trilogy!

Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness Goodreads / Amazon

I love historical fantasy – adore it, even. The fact that this book is so markedly different from the first is just cool. Most of the secondary characters we know and love from the first book get set aside here for a whole new cast to meet from Elizabethan England. I think the decision to set basically this entire book in the past was so gutsy and smart. The mystery surrounding the Ashmole manuscript deepens and we learn a lot more about Matthew’s fascinating family.

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness Goodreads / Amazon

I was so impressed with this conclusion to the trilogy, you guys. The plot got so fascinatingly complex and twisty! So many dangling plot threads – from small to large – get picked back up in the most interesting ways. Characters from both the first and second books all come together and…man, it’s just so great. The payoff of following this story to the conclusion is as grand as it is satisfying! I won’t spoil anything for you, but seriously. If you are at all a fan of paranormal romance with a rich, engaging plotline that isn’t just window dressing? This trilogy is worth your time!

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  • Reading Underground July 17, 2014, 11:53 am

    I just heard about this series recently, and one of the things people seem to agree on is that the historical details are really well done. Do you agree?
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    • Allison (AllureofBooks) July 17, 2014, 2:57 pm

      Yes! The second book, which is spent mostly in the past, was a lot of fun! Lots of historical figures and lots of day-to-day life details.

  • C. N. Crawford August 8, 2014, 7:13 am

    I’m interested to read your review on these. I’ve heard great things about A Discovery of Witches. I own it, but never made it far enough into the book for things to get going. Seems like I should start it again. But historical fantasy is my favorite – especially Elizabethan. Have you read Gloriana? That’s definitely on my list. Looking forward to reading Shadow of the Night.

    • Allison (AllureofBooks) August 8, 2014, 9:26 am

      oh yeah, if you love historical fantasy – you will definitely love the second book! I have not read Gloriana, but I will definitely look it up.


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