It began with A Discovery of Witches. Historian Diana Bishop, descended from a line of powerful witches, and long-lived vampire Matthew Clairmont have broken the laws dividing creatures. When Diana discovered a significant alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, she sparked a struggle in which she became bound to Matthew. Now the fragile coexistence of witches, daemons, vampires and humans is dangerously threatened. Seeking safety, Diana and Matthew travel back in time to London, 1590. But they soon realise that the past may not provide a haven. Reclaiming his former identity as poet and spy for Queen Elizabeth, the vampire falls back in with a group of radicals known as the School of the Night. Many are unruly daemons, the creative minds of the age, including playwright Christopher Marlowe and mathematician Thomas Harriot.
Together Matthew and Diana scour Tudor London for the elusive manuscript Ashmole 782, and search for the witch who will teach Diana how to control her remarkable powers....
Fall under the spell of Diana and Matthew once more in this stunning, richly imagined, epic tale.
©2012 Deborah Harkness (P)2012 Headline Digital
"Intelligent and off-the-wall, it will be irresistable to Twilight fans." (The Sunday Times)
"A bubbling cauldron of illicit desire...all the ingredients for an assured saga that blends romance with fantasy." (Daily Mail)
"A romp through magical academia." (Guardian)
"A trully enjoyable experience"
I have put of reading this series I think because of the brief description and cover (silly I know) but I was at a loss on what to download for my holidays so downloaded the Discovery of Witches and this book. I am so very please I did. It has been a very long time since I have enjoyed a book this much.
The story line is strong easy to follow and not disapointing, the characters are very well formed and play equally stron parts through the novel.
You do need to read the books in order as they would be very confusing as stand alone novels.
I cannot wait for the final part of the series to be published.
Jennifer Ikeda the narrator does an amazing job of helping create the characters with differt accents, inflections and historical inflection.
Deborah harkness must have done considerable amount of research into Elizabethan England, France and Spain because the detail was excellent and factually correct.
Lastly I have read that this series is to be adapted to film, whilst very excited I really hope they are able to capture the heart and soul of this series.
Please Please read this series you will not be disappointed
The story and character evolve and become richer in Shadow of Night. Diana matures mentally and emotionally, as she learns more about her magic. In Shadow of Night, Diana becomes a strong woman, as she recognises Matthew's decisions are repeatedly bad. It amuses me how she diplomatically lets him know he needs to respect her decisions. Matthew is good for strength/protection and sex. As this becomes more clear, I'm hoping anyone who compares this series with Twilight changes their opinion. The characters are vastly different, Deborah Harkness' story has richness, depth and intelligence. Her knowledge of the more sophisticated occult lore, combined with history adds enormously to my enjoyment of this story.
I listen to audio books as I work (I'm an artist), which may mean 8 hrs a day - in light of this, it's fair for me to say Jennifer Ikeda is an excellent narrator. Her ability to depict different characters' voices is amazing. Easy to listen to.
It's slow, boring and uneventful. Gave up during the 2nd half so maybe it improved and became exciting but the first half is DULL, the narrators voice is dull. Sorry but regret wasting a credit on it.
"Superceeds its prequel"
Deborah Harkenss's first novel was sort of a guilty pleasure. This squeal however is something much better written and less about a love story than personal grows and development. It transports you into a time in England of Shakespeare, Marlow and Sir Walter Raleigh. I was taken in to the world of 16th England... and very much enjoyed the journey...
"Thrilling continuation of a good story"
I loved the first book in this series and this one continues the story very effectively with the characters time walking back to Elizabethan England in their search for Ashmole 782 and the answer to their questions. Highly recommended even to those who are bored with vampires and witches (and let's face it after Twilight there have been a lot of them around!).
I loved this. I particularly enjoyed that it was set in the 1500's- I almost wanted Diana and Matthew to stay there!. There was lots of plot development and the newly weds are learning to live with each other as well as Diana adjusting to life in the past. We also get to meet Matthews father. I would have liked to have seen Diana's powers develop more than they did, but overall this was a great book with a wonderful narrator. It is very long - which I liked as I felt that it was better value than shorter audiobooks.
"It was OK"
After the first book I really thought this book would pick up the pace but again I got to the last hour of the book to go and it wasn't what I imagined. The story was OK and it was really good to meet Phillippe but the big fight I was expecting did not materialise. I assume there is a next book coming and it will conclude the story but I cannot really believe I have listened so long with effectively not much happening. That said I will have to listen once it comes out.
I completely loved this series, can't wait for the next one. Well written, entrancing, I wish she had written more books. Demons, vampires and witches interwoven into a gripping fast paced tale. Can't recommend it strongly enough.
"All Souls Trilogy book 2"
Just finished listening to this second book in Deborah Harlness' All Souls Trilogy' and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. This is a must listen to for anyone who likes to be able to get very involved with the lives of the Characters. It is full of historical references but with a supernatural twist that just seems to make everything that little bit more fun and exciting. I won't go into the plot as there would be too many spoilers for the first in the series 'A Discovery of Witches'. I can hardly wait for the third installment!
This is Deborah Harkness' second book, the first in the series being A Discovery of Witches. both books kept my interest to the extent I was listening at every opportunity. I'm really looking forward to the third book coming out. I believe there is talk of the first book being made into a film which I will certainly go to the cinema to see (though films never bring characters to live in the same way as a good author).
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