The All Souls Real-time Reading Companion

by Deborah Harkness

Series: All Souls Trilogy

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A richly illustrated real-time reading guide that brings to life the world created by Deborah Harkness in A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night, retracing the events of the bestselling novels with illuminating behind-the-scenes details
A world of witches, vampires, and daemons.
A manuscript that holds the secrets of their past and the key to their future.
Diana and Matthew—the forbidden love at the heart of the adventure.
The All Souls Trilogy began with A Discovery of Witches. It continued with Shadow of Night.
Now, as The Book of Life has brought Deborah Harkness’s #1 New York Times bestselling trilogy to its conclusion, re-immerse yourself in the enchanting fantasy world she has created and enrich your experience of the heart-stopping finale.

  • Penguin Publishing Group; November 2015
  • ISBN: 9781101992968
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  • Title: The All Souls Real-time Reading Companion
  • Series: All Souls Trilogy
  • Author: Deborah Harkness
  • Imprint: Penguin Books
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  • 9781101992968

In The Press

Praise for Deborah Harkness's #1 New York Times bestselling All Souls Trilogy
“A stirring, poignant saga.”
Us Weekly
“Romantic, erudite, and suspenseful . . . Harkness attends to every scholarly and emotional detail with whimsy, sensuality, and humor.”
O, The Oprah Magazine
Packed with gorgeous historical detail and a gutsy, brainy heroine to match. . . . Harkness writes with thrilling gusto about the magical world.”
Entertainment Weekly
“With this series, Harkness has woven a one-of-a-kind web of magic, science, history and fiction. This story, which centers around the search for a magical book, is infinitely rich and multifaceted. . . . Diana and Matthew’s epic adventure proves that love, empathy and fearless determination have the true power to change everything.”
—USA Today
“A wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter or Twilight. . . . An irresistible tale of wizardry, science and forbidden love.”
“Brims with sensuality, intrigue, violence and much-welcome humor . . . Harkness has immersed and spellbound readers with her alternative universe. . . . Her ambitious melding of scientific and historical detail is inventive and brings surprising depth.”
Los Angeles Times
“The charm in Deborah Harkness’s wildly successful All Souls trilogy lies not merely in the spells that its creature characters cast as they lurk pretty much in plain sight of humans, but in the adroit way Harkness has insinuated her world of demons, witches, and vampires into ours. . . . Harkness casts her own indelible spell of enchantment, heartbreak, and resilience. . . . She is terrific at bringing her magic world to life, maintaining a fast-paced, page-turning narrative.”
The Boston Globe
“This trilogy is a superlative example in a subgenre you could call realistic fantasy—think Harry Potter but for grown-ups or Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. Witches, vampires, and daemons exist, along with time travel. But this world also is recognizably ours, not a wholly made-up setting like George R.R. Martin’s Westeros. When done well, as it is here, this sort of fiction provides characters who are recognizably human in their desires and actions even if most of them are creatures with supernatural powers. Through them Harkness succeeds at the hardest part of writing fantasy: She makes this world so real that you believe it exists—or at the very least that you wish that it did.”
Miami Herald
“Where Harkness excels is with her charmingly offbeat details of witches and witchcraft, especially whenever Diana and her Aunt Sarah take center stage. At their best, these scenes can stand beside J. K. Rowling’s depictions of life at Hogwarts. A noted scholar of the history of science, Harkness also does a deft job of weaving in details relating to alchemy, herb lore, and a few tongue-in-cheek references to Elizabethan historical figures.”
The Washington Post

About The Author

DEBORAH HARKNESS is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the All Souls Trilogy, which includes A Discovery of WitchesShadow of Night, and The Book of Life. A history professor at the University of Southern California, Harkness has received Fulbright, Guggenheim, and National Humanities Center fellowships. She lives in Los Angeles.

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