There’s something about fantasy…
Honestly, I love fiction all year ’round, but I always feel a stronger pull this time of year. There’s nothing better than falling into another world (especially when ours is so cold and dark LOL).
The “All Souls Trilogy” by Deborah Harkness is the perfect book escape.
Human kind has always been drawn to the idea of mystical creatures. Whether or not you believe the tales of vampires, witches, and demons are rooted in truth, we are, as a culture, fascinated. Why? The stories humanize these creatures as stronger, more alluring, more dangerous versions of ourselves. And there’s always a little part of us curious of what might be hiding in the shadows.
I often indulge in this particular curiosity through books, television, and music – but with a caveat. The tale must be sofisticated enough that the small, wildly imaginative part of me might believe it.
Deborah Harkness has created a world in the “All Souls Trilogy” where our own reality and the that of the shadows lie elegantly, seemlessly side by side.
Matthew, a surprisingly reserved, academic, and (of course) striking vampire, and Diana an academic, reluctant witch, come together by both fate and chance. Their deep love story is tempered by a desperate search for an elusive manuscript containing the origins of all species – both human and mystical.
There is something for everyone in this beautifully written trilogy: family drama, history, dramatic descriptions, witty dialogue, a magically woven backstory, a fearsome villain, AND epic love between man and wife, family, and friends.
Every question that arose in regards to the mechanics of this world while reading, Harkness answered.
And with great finesse. Put it this way – I spent my academic career studying literature, and I’ve never noticed one plot hole.
If you’re looking for a sophisticated fantasy pick up the first book in Deborah Harkness’ “All Souls Trilogy”, “A Discovery Of Witches” from Amazon!