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The World of All Souls: The Complete high quality Guide to A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life (All Souls lowest Series) sale

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A fully illustrated guide to Deborah Harkness''s #1 New York Times bestselling All Souls trilogy—"an irresistible . . . wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy" (People).

Look for the hit TV series “A Discovery of Witches,” streaming on AMC Plus, Sundance Now and Shudder.

A Discovery of Witches introduced Diana Bishop, Oxford scholar and reluctant witch, and vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont. Shadow of Night and The Book of Lifecarried 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.

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Praise for Deborah Harkness and the All Souls Trilogy
 
“Packed with gorgeous historical detail and a gutsy, brainy heroine to match . . . Harkness writes with thrilling gusto about the magical world.”  —Entertainment Weekly
 
“Wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter or Twilight . . . An irresistible tale of wizardry, science, and forbidden love.”  —People
 
“Romantic, erudite, and suspenseful . . . Harkness attends to every scholarly and emotional detail with whimsy, sensuality, and humor.”  —O, The Oprah Magazine
 
“Enchanting, engrossing, and impossible to put down.”  —Miami Herald
 
“Completely bewitching . . . Harkness works her own form of literary alchemy by deftly blending fantasy, romance, history, and horror.”  —Chicago Tribune
 
“A big supernatural canvas . . . ranging across history and zeroing in on DNA, human and otherworldly. Age-old tensions between science and magic and between evolution and alchemy erupt as Diana seeks to unlock the secrets of Ashmole 782.”  —Los Angeles Times
 
“The charm in Deborah Harkness’s wildly successful All Souls trilogy lies not merely in the spells that its creature characters cast, but in the adroit way she has insinuated her world of daemons, witches, and vampires into ours. . . . Harkness casts her own indelible spell of enchantment, heartbreak, and resilience.”  —The Boston Globe
 
“Deborah Harkness takes us places we’ve never been before. . . . Lucky for us.”  —USA Today
 
“A stirring, poignant saga.”  —Us Weekly

About the Author

Deborah Harkness is the number one New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life. A history professor at the University of Southern California, Harkness has received Fulbright, Guggenheim, and National Humanities Center fellowships.

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L. M Young
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Your Guide to the "All Souls" World
Reviewed in the United States on June 18, 2018
This is a gorgeous companion book to Deborah Harkness'' "All Souls" trilogy, A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES, SHADOW OF NIGHT, and THE BOOK OF LIFE. As such, it is tremendous. If you have no interest in the books, you probably won''t be a fan of this volume either. For trilogy... See more
This is a gorgeous companion book to Deborah Harkness'' "All Souls" trilogy, A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES, SHADOW OF NIGHT, and THE BOOK OF LIFE. As such, it is tremendous. If you have no interest in the books, you probably won''t be a fan of this volume either. For trilogy fans, you have a treat awaiting!

After an interview with the author and synopses of all three books, Harkness describes the different "creatures" of her universe (humans, witches, vampires, and daemons) and a listing of the characters follow. Then the real treat comes: we learn the history behind the organizations and locations of the story, an explanation of magic and witchcraft lore as portrayed in the book, a history of Matthew Clermont, and sections on alchemy, decorative arts, and lifestyles in the series. The book ends with a list of books important to the series and translations of foreign words used.

Some companion books for series are so much rehashing of plots and fluff like recipes (okay, there are recipes in this book, but only eight pages out of 483); this one is a real treat because of the research Harkness put into the books and which is passed on in this volume. All this and there are deleted chapters from the books that were cut in the interest of moving the plot along, and also beautiful pen-and-ink wash illustrations throughout the text of characters, places, and items, along with photographs and maps, plus some color inserts. Truly a must for All Souls fans, especially if you are a history or fantasy buff.
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Avalon100
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Clarifying the world of Diana and Matthew
Reviewed in the United States on June 17, 2018
Background companion to the All Souls trilogy. I have listened to the trilogy at least a dozen times now and I still hear something new each time I listen. This book helped to fill in areas where I didn''t realize there was a blank area! I love how the conversation... See more
Background companion to the All Souls trilogy. I have listened to the trilogy at least a dozen times now and I still hear something new each time I listen. This book helped to fill in areas where I didn''t realize there was a blank area! I love how the conversation between Matthew and Dimenico was given more attention. I can''t wait for the next book to come out so we can find out more about Marcus. I highly recommend this book for anyone who was enchanted by A Discovery of Witches like I am.
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Sheryl Rentschler, author
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What a compendium!
Reviewed in the United States on September 22, 2018
I adore this book. I loved the series A Discovery of Witches and the fantasy and history surrounding the characters. I love the real places and how the author wove her story into real events. For me, that is real talent. This book shares background and history, character... See more
I adore this book. I loved the series A Discovery of Witches and the fantasy and history surrounding the characters. I love the real places and how the author wove her story into real events. For me, that is real talent. This book shares background and history, character revelations and answers all the questions I had during Harkness'' most excellent series. This was worth every penny and I will refer to it often going forward. It will help when the TV series comes out too (because you know TV can''t explain everything, but this book does). The other nice thing is as I prepare to re-read the series, now I have answers I missed before. Excellent.
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S Goodwin
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Fascinating, invaluable, riveting, must have if you have read this author’s previous books!
Reviewed in the United States on November 21, 2018
This is NOT my genre when it comes to reading, but I got hooked when I read the first book, The Discovery of Witches, patiently waited for the next releases and fell asleep reading in bed with the books, my glasses still on and sitting propped up. This series is so... See more
This is NOT my genre when it comes to reading, but I got hooked when I read the first book, The Discovery of Witches, patiently waited for the next releases and fell asleep reading in bed with the books, my glasses still on and sitting propped up. This series is so incredible I read the books a second time start to finish. I was thrilled when I discovered the guide. I would recommend you purchase The Complete Guide only if you have read the Trilogy, the 4th book or have plans to, it is fascinating and invaluable!
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cbeach710
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it''s easier to sort of browse through it like an encyclopedia
Reviewed in the United States on June 22, 2018
I have not yet read the entire book, it''s easier to sort of browse through it like an encyclopedia. There is so much information in this that fills in the reader about how much research and world-building Harkness put into Diana''s magic and the world around her....as a... See more
I have not yet read the entire book, it''s easier to sort of browse through it like an encyclopedia. There is so much information in this that fills in the reader about how much research and world-building Harkness put into Diana''s magic and the world around her....as a historian should. The pictures and extras are great. Easily worth the price of the hardcover, it looks great on the shelf or the coffee table. Personally I''m keeping it beside the rest of the series on my shelf.
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Meh
Reviewed in the United States on September 13, 2018
Perhaps it was because the Kindle version was in B&W, not color. Perhaps it was I couldn''t read the little notes and stuff interspersing the text. This did nothing for me; I didn''t really learn anything. Disappointing.
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Not impressed
Reviewed in the United States on August 8, 2018
I truly enjoyed the series. Read them twice. At the risk of ffetting skewered by faithful All Souls fans, the World of All Souls was overkill. I don''t recommend.
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Ida A.
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The perfect companion/reference material to the trilogy The World of All Souls.
Reviewed in the United States on May 25, 2018
What is there not to like? I''m a fan and have been waiting for the book since forever. It''s a lot to take in. Not a book one "reads" in the traditional sense. Rather, I think of it as reference material.
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gimmielinda
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A wonderful reference book for an imaginative world.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 22, 2018
I''m a huge fan of the All Souls Trilogy and the world that Deborah Harkness has constructed so I was always going to buy this book. The authors have put together a splendid, carefully considered reference book and I love everything about it. My particular favourite part is...See more
I''m a huge fan of the All Souls Trilogy and the world that Deborah Harkness has constructed so I was always going to buy this book. The authors have put together a splendid, carefully considered reference book and I love everything about it. My particular favourite part is Matthew''s scientific learning journey through the ages, it has given me lots of ideas to read around. Much is explained and clarified in the book but there are plenty of lovely little nuggets of new information to explore. A must for every avid AST fan.
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Mrs. T. SALMON
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Everything and more that I needed to know.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 5, 2019
Having only discovered the ''All Souls Trilogy'' because of the Sky series I have become a big fan . I got the 3 books and the DVD , but I wanted more, and this is the book that gave me more and more . I love the book , the format is one that you can dip in and out of , or...See more
Having only discovered the ''All Souls Trilogy'' because of the Sky series I have become a big fan . I got the 3 books and the DVD , but I wanted more, and this is the book that gave me more and more . I love the book , the format is one that you can dip in and out of , or sit and read from cover to cover. It has lovely illustrations and information that I didn''t realise I needed until I read it. I am such a late comer to the books but I a total convert.
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faye
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Good Book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 24, 2018
This book is good, it explains a lot but make sure you don''t read beyond what you need at a time or at least not until you have read the actual books as there are a few giveaways.
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AVOID U.K/ VERSION BUY U.S , CONTENT FANTASTIC .
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 11, 2019
THE U.K. PRINTING IS TOO HEAVY FOR THE BINDING AND HAD COME AWAY UPON RECEIPT . I RETURNED AND ORDERED A U.S., COPY FROM ANOTHER SOURCE , THE PRINTING IS SIGNIFICANTLY BETTER . AS FOR THE CONTENT , IT IS TOP NOTCH .
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Reference book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 20, 2019
I bought this totally misunderstanding what it was, I thought it was the complete collection of books but it isn’t it’s is more in depth explanation of the series! It is beautifully illustrated and I can’t wait to read it all! Though it is more of a reference book than a...See more
I bought this totally misunderstanding what it was, I thought it was the complete collection of books but it isn’t it’s is more in depth explanation of the series! It is beautifully illustrated and I can’t wait to read it all! Though it is more of a reference book than a front to back read!! I just need to read the series now🤦🏽‍♀️
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