All Souls

5 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 5,322 ratings

A Discovery of Witches Summary

Now a major Sky original production.

The number on international and Sunday Times best seller.

A Discovery of Witches is the first in the must-have, must-listen All Souls trilogy. 

It begins with absence and desire. It begins with blood and fear. It begins with a discovery of witches.

Diana Bishop, a young scholar and descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript deep in Oxford's Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she must navigate with a vampire, Matthew Clairmont.

This manuscript, Ashmole 782, holds the secrets of their past...and the key to their future. 

©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 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,443
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,954
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,954

    It begins with absence and desire. It begins with blood and fear. It begins with a discovery of witches. Diana Bishop, a young scholar and descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript deep in Oxford's Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she must navigate with a vampire, Matthew Clairmont. This manuscript, Ashmole 782, holds the secrets of their past...and the key to their future. 

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

    • By Caroline Marks on 01-03-11

    Regular price: £14.99

    • A Discovery of Witches

    • A Novel
    • By: Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
    • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Regular price: £41.79

  • 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 1,421
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,188
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,186

    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 1,426
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,298
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,296

    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
    • Poor narration

    • By Patrick on 17-07-14

    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 26
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Don't waste your credit.

    • By Mr. R Wexler on 17-12-18

    Regular price: £29.99