Have you ever fallen irrefutably in love, been transported to another existence and then felt thoroughly dazed when you've turned the last page and realised with a wrench you're back in the real world…oh yes, this is most definitely one of those books! Harkness (a Historian) has the rare ability to blend reality, history and fantasy into one, as the ‘All Souls’ trilogy continues in this exquisitely written follow-up to ‘A Discovery of Witches’. Diana and Matthew, their love forbidden, travel back in time to sixteen century England and Europe hoping to learn more about Diana’s gifts and the Book of Mysteries. The inclusion of historical figures such as a canny sometimes petulant Elizabeth I and a young forger named Shakespeare helps you lose yourself in the wondrous depths of this world. Witches, vampires and daemons have never felt so real. The last in the trilogy, ‘The Book of Life’ really can not come quickly enough, where’s a Timewalker when you need one? ~ Liz Robinson
The Book of Life, the final novel in the no.1 internationally bestselling All Souls trilogy, was published in July 2014. Step inside a world of breathtaking imagination, where history, science, magic and romance are woven into an intoxicating tale. In February 2011 Book One in The All Souls Trilogy, A Discovery of Witches was unleashed on the world and became a global smash hit. A Sunday Times and New York Times top ten bestseller it has gone on to sell over 1.5 million copies as well as being sold into 38 foreign territories and a Warner Bros film adaptation is underway. The sequel Shadow of Night, published in July 2012, was a No.1 New York Times and No.2 Sunday Times bestseller, surpassing the success of the first book.
Fall deeper under the spell of Diana and Matthew in the captivating second volume of the No.1 internationally bestselling ALL SOULS trilogy, following A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES. In a world of witches, daemons and vampires the fragile balance of peace is unravelling. Diana and Matthew's forbidden love has broken the laws dividing creatures. To discover the manuscript which holds their hope for the future, they must now travel back to the past. When Diana Bishop, descended from a line of powerful witches, discovered a significant alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, she sparked a struggle in which she became bound to long-lived vampire Matthew Clairmont. Now the coexistence of witches, daemons, vampires and humans is dangerously threatened. Seeking safety, Diana and Matthew travel back in time to London, 1590. But they soon realise that the past may not provide a haven. Reclaiming his former identity as poet and spy for Queen Elizabeth, the vampire falls back in with a group of radicals known as the School of Night. Many are unruly daemons, the creative minds of the age, including playwright Christopher Marlowe and mathematician Thomas Harriot. Together Matthew and Diana scour Tudor London for the elusive manuscript Ashmole 782, and search for the witch who will teach Diana how to control her remarkable powers...
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Praise for the All Souls trilogy:
‘Rich, thrilling… A captivating and romantic ripping yarn’ E L James
‘Gripping and impossible to put down…a wonderful read!’ Katie Fforde
‘This is a glorious, finely-wrought gem of a book: intelligent, thoughtful, intricate …Utterly enchanting on every level’ Manda Scott
‘I am totally in love with A Discovery of Witches and its gloriously quirky cast of characters.
It is great fun and very clever all at the same time.’ Cathy Rentzenbrink, The Bookseller
‘Intelligent and off-the-wall…irresistible’ The Sunday Times
Publication date: 12/02/2013
Publisher: Headline Book Publishing an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
|Publication date:||12th February 2013|
|Author:||Deborah E. Harkness|
|Publisher:||Headline Book Publishing an imprint of Headline Publishing Group|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Fantasy,|
Deborah Harkness is a historian of science and a professor of history at the University of Southern California. She spent several years in Oxford doing research (and really did once find a missing manuscript in the Bodleian Library!). She has written THE JEWEL HOUSE: ELIZABETHAN LONDON AND THE SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTION as well as the three novels in the internationally bestselling ALL SOULS trilogy, A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES, SHADOW OF NIGHT and THE BOOK OF LIFE. Author Photo © Vania StoyanovaMore About Deborah E. Harkness