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A Discovery of Witches Bewitches a Whole New Audience

Charlotte Walker

By Charlotte Walker on 12th September 2018

It's great when we can look back at the books we've fallen in love with in the past. Whether that's because a special edition has been released, a concept has been revived with a new series of books or (in this case) some of our favourite characters are leaving the confines of our imagination and appearing on the TV screen. Deborah Harkness' fantastic All Souls Trilogy has been adapted into a brand new TV series that will air on the 14th September.

My personal first encounter with the magical spires of Oxford in Deborah Harkness' trilogy was in college when a friend put the first book on the table in front of me and demanded I started reading it at once! Meanwhile, Our Editorial Experts were reading and reviewing the trilogy for LoveReading. Here is a snippet of their reviews:

The first in the All Souls trilogy, it’s 640 pages of pure pleasure. Involving, intriguing and compelling, this book may look long but, trust me, it’s well worth it.

If you want to read the reviews for all three books, head to the A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night and Book of Life book pages.

As a brief summary, the All Souls trilogy begins among the spires of Oxford University, in the spectacular Bodleian Library (which I think would be an amazing LoveReading Library of the Month, don't you?). Historian and witch Diane Bishop stumbles across an ancient and incredibly powerful alchemical manuscript, hunted for by both good and bad for centuries. But Diane isn't the only supernatural creature in Oxford. She isn't even the only supernatural creature in the library that night, and among her mystical bookworms is Matthew Clairmont, arguably one of the most infamous vampires in existence. 

The unlikely couple must face severe adversity, scorn, and prejudice from all sides, including their own family in order to be together and track down the book that appeared so easily in the opening scenes. 

As a fan of this trilogy, I can't wait to see how it is adapted for television!

But that's not everything! 

Deborah Harkness has also been working on more books to fit in with the All Souls universe. The books she's planning will focus on secondary characters as well as going back through Matthew's Historical past. The first in this exciting new selection has been announced: Time's Convert focuses on Marcus Whitmore, Matthew's "son". It's out on the 18th September and we can't wait!!

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