Overall Rating: LOVED it! ❤️
General: I received the first book in the All Souls Trilogy as part of a Christmas book swap. The premise was right up my ally but having had recently come off a bit of a reading slump, the sheer size of The Discovery of Witches, with its small font and narrow margins intimidated me. It turned out, however, that it was exactly what I needed to help me find that love of reading again. The series pulled me right in and for six days I didn’t come up for air. Averaging about 9 hours per book, I have absolutely no regrets about the time I dedicated to this series – in fact, I was sad when it ended. I haven’t been so immersed in a series since Harry Potter.
Plot / Pacing: Each of these three books were paced perfectly, like a slow tease. Its pace compares well to Matthew’s view on intimacy with Diana in book one. Not so slow that you grow tiresome, but rather just the perfect mix of action and detail that makes you want to keep turning every page.
The Characters: The strength of the novel’s characters really shines as you continue through the series to find that they’re each intertwined into the plot in ways you didn’t expect. From the start, I was able to quickly form a connection to each of the characters, their well thought out back stories each providing their own level of depth and complexity to the storyline.
Why 5 stars?: I couldn’t put this down. It hit every level of level of interest for me in both from both the real and literary world. The history and science aspects fascinated me while the love story and magic kept me entertained. I especially enjoyed the second book in the series where history played its largest role as we follow Matthew and Diana back into the 1590’s in Elizabeth Tudor’s London.
Should you read it?: If you’re a fan of any of the following: Fantasy novels, magical realism, history, science, and forbidden love – this is one you absolutely HAVE to pick up.
Book 1 Synopsis:
Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.