All Souls

4 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 2,938 ratings

A Discovery of Witches Summary

An epic, richly inventive, historically sweeping, magical romance.

When historian Diana Bishop opens an alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, it's an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordered life. Though Diana is a witch of impeccable lineage, the violent death of her parents while she was still a child convinced her that human fear is more potent than any witchcraft. Now Diana has unwittingly exposed herself to a world she's kept at bay for years: one of powerful witches, creative, destructive daemons, and long-lived vampires.

Sensing the significance of Diana's discovery, the creatures gather in Oxford, among them the enigmatic Matthew Clairmont, a vampire genticist. Diana is inexplicably drawn to Matthew and, in a shadowy world of half-truths and old enmities, ties herself to him without fully understanding the ancient line they are crossing.

As they begin to unlock the secrets of the manuscript and their feelings for each other deepen, so the fragile balance of peace unravels....

©2011 Deborah Harkness (P)2011 Deborah Harkness
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  • Book 1

    • A Discovery of Witches

    • The All Souls Trilogy, Book 1
    • By: Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
    • Length: 23 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,287
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 921
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 923

    When historian Diana Bishop opens an alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, it's an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordered life. Though Diana is a witch of impeccable lineage, the violent death of her parents while she was still a child convinced her that human fear is more potent than any witchcraft. Now Diana has unwittingly exposed herself to a world she's kept at bay for years; one of powerful witches, creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A surprisingly mature paranormal romance

    • By Caroline Marks on 01-03-11

    Regular price: £14.99

  • Book 2

    • Shadow of Night

    • The All Souls Trilogy, Book 2
    • By: Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
    • Length: 24 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 825
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 656
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 653

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent

    • By ER on 07-11-12

    Regular price: £14.99

  • Book 3

    • The Book of Life

    • The All Souls Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
    • Length: 23 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 818
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 755
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 755

    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 in France they reunite with their families - with one heart-breaking exception.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Unfortunately disappointing

    • By Robyn on 14-09-14

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The World of All Souls

    • By: Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld, Deborah Harkness, Steve West, and others
    • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    Discover the truths, the history, the myths and the magic behind the best-selling All Souls trilogy. Fall under the spell once more with this all-encompassing insider's guide to A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night and The Book of Life. The All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness, featuring historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont, delves into mythology, alchemy, literature and architecture. And history is brought to life. With her signature historian's touch, Deborah Harkness offers an encyclopaedic look at the series, complete with synopses, character biographies, maps, recipes, and even the science behind creatures, magic and alchemy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful Addition to the All Souls Trilogy

    • By mazaraza on 01-07-18

    Regular price: £29.99