The World of All Souls: A Complete Guide to A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and the Book of Life
By: Deborah Harkness
Format/Source: Hardback; my purchase
A Discovery of Witches introduced Diana Bishop, Oxford scholar and reluctant witch, and vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont. Shadow of Night and The Book of Life carried Deborah Harkness’s series to its spellbinding conclusion.
In The World of All Souls, Harkness shares the rich sources of inspiration behind her bewitching novels. She draws together synopses, character bios, maps, recipes, and even the science behind creatures, magic, and alchemy–all with her signature historian’s touch. Bursting with fascinating facts and dazzling artwork, this essential handbook is a must-have for longtime fans and eager newcomers alike.
I don’t remember why I stalled on picking up this book…It was probably the price, thinking I didn’t need a complete guide or anything. Who was I kidding? Of course I needed it in my life! lol
What can I say about this book? It’s absolutely stunning with the illustrations to go alongside the material included in this volume. And this book is just full of information: an A-Z list of terms and characters, a breakdown of the different creatures occupying All Souls world, playlists, recipes, etc. What’s also really cool about this book is that there’s little snippets here and there from the author explaining a detail about the books or answering a fan question as well as scenes from the books that were ulimately cut from the final draft. It’s definitely something worth picking up if you’re a fan of the series, and definitely something to read while staving off waiting for the television adaptation to hit North America or waiting to pick up Time’s Convert if you haven’t already xD