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.