Blurb: (TV Series Trailer)
Book ONE of the All Souls Trilogy. When historian Diana Bishop opens a bewitched alchemical manuscript in Oxford’s Bodleian Library it represents an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordinary life. Though descended from a long line of witches, she is determined to remain untouched by her family’s legacy. She banishes the manuscript to the stacks, but Diana finds it impossible to hold the world of magic at bay any longer.
Book TWO of The All Souls Trilogy. A Discovery of Witches introduced Diana Bishop, Oxford scholar and reluctant witch, and the handsome geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont; together they found themselves at the center of a supernatural battle over an enchanted manuscript known as Ashmole 782. Drawn to one another despite longstanding taboos, and in pursuit of Diana’s spellbound powers, the two embark upon a time-walking journey.
Book THREE of The All Souls Trilogy. 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 at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with one significant exception.
Review: (Video review)
A historic feel to a contemporary love story starts off by the heroine finding a since long hidden book in a library. The word of her discovery spreads fast and she soon has demons, witches and vampires at her heels. A forbidden love cross races starts a dispute in the council of covens that leads to a fully fledge story of magic, blood-rage and time travel.
Message & Moral
Diana Bishop fights against everyone who wants to obtain the book of life, be it of her own race or another. The message is to stand up for what is right and not to obey just because it is expected of you from your community. Diana also wants to carry on keeping the book secret as it might contain the explanation to the build of the different races and hence also reveals a way on how you could make another race extinct. As Diana values all races the same she finds anyone who wants the book a threat.
Creatures & Environment
There is a distinct difference between demons, witches and vampires which makes the battle between them interesting. That it is also set in historical places makes the feel of secret covens that tad bit more mysterious. Personally I like the old english styled gentleman featured in the forbidden love and vampire Matthew Clairmont.
Captivation & Continuity
This series have some part that are very captivating and others that feels like fillers, however they are needed as well to get the feel of the environment and the creatures. I would have wished to hear a little bit more about the magical system that Diana is attempting to control.
Language & Flow
The language is lengthy at times and I lost focus towards the end of the third book, but is otherwise detailed and interesting.
T.M. Caruana’s Unbreakable Sword Award