Fellow witch book fans, book two of Deborah Harkness’s All Souls Trilogy, SHADOW OF NIGHT is now out in paperback (Book One: A Discovery of Witches)!!
Penguin has a free copy plus a set of cool alchemical symbol buttons for my readers.
WINNER: Jill Bartholomew!!! Congrats and enjoy, Jill. Thanks for entering.
I’d also like to invite you to join Harkness and her editor Carole DeSanti, the author of The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R, for a virtual book event on BookTalk Nation on June 4th at 2pm EST. Fans can join by phone and buy personalized copies of the book by ordering online here.
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. 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…
Diana and Matthew are back…in time and it’s a thrilling ride. Deborah Harkness’s command of historical details, even the small ones, astounds me. She immerses the reader completely in Tudor London – somewhere I love to be. I enjoyed how she brought famous historical characters to life like Walter Raleigh from American history, Shakespeare and others.
The complex plot kept me flipping pages, wondering what would happen and how things would work out. As someone who studies witch history, these books are a wealth of knowledge and a feast of hard to find details. Harkness weaves it all together into a massive, sweeping story of danger, risk and search for power.
A great read! Pick it up for the summer.
Also, look forward to the movie of A Discovery of Witches, currently in development by Warner Brothers! Yay!