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Alchemy, Vampires, Witches, and Time Travel: Harkness Wows Readers with “All Souls” Triology

What do you get when you combine supernatural fad-dom with time travel, alchemy, genetics, romance, and a healthy helping of history? The recipe for a magical trilogy.

To date, Deborah Harkness has completed two installments of the All Souls trilogy, A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night. Harkness’s debut work as a fiction author A Discovery of Witches rapidly became a New York Times bestseller and has been translated in thirty languages.

A professor of history at the University of Southern California, Harkness blends her academic background deftly with her active imagination to create a fictional universe filled with intrigue and adventure.

Harkness brings maturity and grace to supernatural fiction. Her complex plots, well-developed charters, and realistic, if forbidden, romances set Harkness apart from the competition.

In her first two books, Harkness combines the high action and quasi-academia of Indiana Jones with the magic of Harry Potter, the intrigue of Elizabethan Europe and time travel, the forbidden romance of Twilight, and a zest of alchemy and science.

Harkness’s books are long and prone to slow points here and there, but the ride is well worth a few speed bumps. Her high-octane adventures are fueled by solid writing and enchanting dialogue.

I can’t wait for the third installment of the All Souls trilogy.




5 thoughts on “Alchemy, Vampires, Witches, and Time Travel: Harkness Wows Readers with “All Souls” Triology

  1. This sounds really neat Michelle! I love fantasy, and I’ll be interested to see what a historian brings to the genre. Hope all is well! It sounds like you’re enjoying your new job.

    • Hi Grace! Everything is going well and I am enjoying working in publishing so far. My publishing company works in all sorts of genres–chick lit, literature, romance, non-fiction, children’s, young adult, historical fiction, etc. I’ve been enjoying the variety after all of last year’s academic reading. It has also been nice to have time to read fun books, volunteer some with the election coming up, exercise, and spend time with family and friends. How is Madison? Grad school? Your new apartment?

      • Sounds great! I miss reading for fun… 😦 I kind of wish I had taken a year off to see if any other career might suit me. This year hasn’t been too bad though. The grant applications have been a pain, but after my summer in France I’m more excited about exploring the archives and getting my dissertation started. The new apartment is much larger and more comfortable than the last one.

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