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A fully illustrated guide to Deborah Harkness's number-one New York Times best-selling All Souls trilogy - "an irresistible...wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy" (People)

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.

Music by Isaias Garcia

Includes a bonus PDF including recipes, images, translations, and more. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2018 Deborah Harkness (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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Reader prevents enjoyment. Poor editing.

I wanted to like this. Yet when so many names and even words are mispronounced, it is difficult. It is glaringly obvious which parts were either not written by Harkness or not finessed by the original editors of the series. I could understand if the reader was just unfamiliar with other languages and used all American pronunciations but she uses multiple different inflections and sounds for some names even in the same paragraph. Some words and names are said overly dramatically others carelessly and many details make it obvious the reader is not familiar with other languages or dialects. If it is not important to you to have proper grammar, tense and pronoun agreement or valid pronunciation then one might be able to suffer through. I would repurchase this if re-recorded by Jennifer Ikeda. But given this performance, I will just read the new book. Amended: the contents appear to have been collected from early notes, or other people’s desks. Details appear here that are missing or completely different from those published in the actual trilogy. It does NO service to the series.

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Interesting

I bought this because I loved the series but also I find Harkness' field of study fascinating. Here she discusses how she created her world, her system of magic and how she brought her knowledge of history to life through her fiction. I haven't been able to find the accompanying PDF yet, but I enjoyed the listen.

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This is a companion guide, not a novel.

I enjoyed the trilogy so when I saw Deborah Harkness and All Souls, I just bought it on sight. If I'd spent even a few seconds looking at it, I'd have seen that this is NOT part of the series. It's a companion guide that defines characters, does a synopsis and a Q/A section from the author. Is it bad for what it is? No. Is it worth a credit? Also no. I got about half way through before I gave up.

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Exactly like Bonus Extras on movie's,except better

More in depth information on all the characters, where they come from, where they live and history. Also gives you a real feel of all the places, both then and now and how true to form Deborah Harkness brings into the open.

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The World of All Souls

Loved this series!!! Wish it hadn't ended...more could be written about Jack, for some reason i love that character!!

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Loved it

The extra info provided to the All Souls world is great! Had everything the description said it would and raised my excitement for future novels.

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Felt like a lecture

I loved the series so when this came up I was excited, it was part of All Souls so has to be good. Really it is like a lecture , maybe a class required reading list with the "book report" type feeling. If you enjoy ALL Souls story, feel free to skip this book. Its the who , why and where that the author was thinking/ basing the story on.... Did not add to the story at all for me.

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Very indepth guide to the All Souls Trilogy

Loved it!
Most memorable moments was the character bios
The narrator was awesome!
#FairytaleTwists #IssueFiction #PastMeetsPresent #QuirkyFamilies #Magical #FemaleProtagonist #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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Its ok but not necessary

I am not displeased with this publication. I actually really enjoyed it, but I think it should be known that this IS a companion novel and does not extend the story. It is more or less background info on the characters.

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I want the book and not a summary and explanation

I did know this wasn't a regular book so I am not interested on explanation of Gene description of fiction characters.







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