I’ve met witches, vampires, daemons, ghosts…many of the supernatural creatures we’ve been talking about lately, in Deborah Harkness’ All-Souls Trilogy; a great example of how a Romance can span genres, not just sub-genres. This #1 New York Times bestselling author uses her background as a History professor to mix this subject with paranormal romance, mystery and fictionalized science and geneology. The trilogy was first discussed in November’s post, A Discovery of Witches.
You can meet her in London, England on May 9, 2016 at the Royal College of Physicians of London, or at Comic-Con in San Diego, CA in late July. So far, I believe that she will be signing books at Comic-Con; not sure about this in the U.K. If interested you should probably visit the event sites’ or Harkness’ sites to ensure this will still be the case, or for her event calendar updates.
Blending fact with fiction, history and present, Harkness draws a tale of the struggle to solve the mystery of existance of supernatural creatures; to understand the “tree of life”, and that they have more in common than is thought. The characters, scenery, and events lend a historical richness as present becomes past, and the differing creatures’ cultures in the present cause clashes, resulting in a hostility that the solution to the mystery makes irrelevant.
I can’t wait until Deborah Harkness’ newest novel comes out in 2017, The Serpent’s Mirror. The novel will, once again, be set in the All Souls’ world, really bringing Harkness’ background into play, exploring the historical riddles surrounding the ascent of Elizabeth I to the throne. Here, in the Tudor era, Matthew Clairmont acts as a double agent. The witch-historian and other characters from A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life, play a part in the contemporary narrative.
I wouldn’t be surprised if this turns out to be another series. Keep tuned for other paranormal happenings!
Comic-con 2016. Program and guests. Special guests. Retrieved March 14, 2016, from: http://www.comic-con.org/cci/2016/special-guests?page=1
Deborah harkness. The all souls trilogy. Retrieved March 14, 2016, from: http://deborahharkness.com