Author: Deborah Harkness
Titles: A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, The Book of Life
Genre(s): Mystery; Thriller and suspense; Supernatural; Vampires and witches
Review: This trilogy is by far my favorite when it comes to fantasy featuring witches and vampires. Each book followed its own path while still remaining connected to the main plot. Unlike other novels within this genre, Harkness was able to create a realistic world where vampires and witches exist while staying hidden from humans. It was also very obvious that she did her research about the settings that she placed her characters in. Her knowledge of present-day England and the United States, as well as the history of England made her written world come to life in an incredible way. There was never a scene that I couldn't picture in my mind. Harkness also created a world of characters that genuinely helped the story to evolve past Diana and Matthew. Each character added another layer to the plot and they also helped each book to stand out on their own. I also really enjoyed how the world of witches and vampires merged through an ancient romantic connection, but I wouldn't characterize this trilogy as a romance. Harkness added touches of romance throughout and it added a really nice touch. This trilogy kept me on my toes, but in a really good way. I highly recommend this story to anyone who is looking to genuinely get lost in another world.
A Discovery of Witches: "Deborah Harkness’s sparkling debut, A Discovery of Witches, has brought her into the spotlight and galvanized fans around the world. In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and a descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782, deep in Oxford's Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates with her leading man, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont."
Shadow of Night: "Picking up from A Discovery of Witches’ cliffhanger ending, Shadow of Night takes Diana and Matthew on a trip through time to Elizabethan London, where they are plunged into a world of spies, magic, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the School of Night. As the search for Ashmole 782 deepens and Diana seeks out a witch to tutor her in magic, the net of Matthew’s past tightens around them, and they embark on a very different—and vastly more dangerous—journey."
The Book of Life: "Diana and Matthew time-travel back from Elizabethan London to make a dramatic return to the present—facing new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home, Sept-Tours, they reunite with the beloved cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency."