Review: The World of All Souls

Posted 15 November, 2018 by Lianne in Books / 1 Comment

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

Rating: ★★★★★

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One Response to “Review: The World of All Souls”

  1. Hallo, Hallo Lianne!

    I love finding out they have this Companion to the series! I sometimes prefer looking through these ahead of reading a series as they have a wicked tendency of alighting into the world in such a lovely point of perspective to give me a better impression of what I’m about to be reading! Sometimes, too, I find like-minded writers such as what happened when I read the one for ‘Outlander’; on that note, the only reason I have been hesitating to read that series is because I think some of the content might be a bit ‘much’ for me,… one of these Winters,..

    I had this particular series earmarked to read for several years now,.. then all of a sudden everyone in the book blogosphere was chattering about it and I still haven’t had the chance to read All Souls! Oy!

    Thanks for tipping my hand knowing this is out!

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