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The World of All Souls

The Complete Guide to A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life
Written by: Deborah Harkness
Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
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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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  • Elaine Stevens
  • 2018-06-22

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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  • Rose
  • 2018-05-12

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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  • Carine
  • 2018-11-12

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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  • Christopher
  • 2018-05-20

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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  • Tami
  • 2018-07-19

Take it all a companion not a story.

Great book to delve further into the inner working of the All Soul Trilogy. This book is reference only as I've seen some negative reviews starting they were disappointed in the fact it wasn't another chapter in the says itself. Read it as an encyclopedia not a sorry.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-11-05

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 imporatant 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.

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  • Evan
  • 2018-06-04

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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  • Elizabeth C.
  • 2018-05-08

Not AT ALL what I hoped for or expected.

I thought this was the next book in the series! I pre-ordered it and was so excited about it. It's the author talking about the book and being interviewed about it and then an in depth look at all the books I have already read in the series. SOOOOO annoying! I was waiting for the next book in this series no a re-cap of the other books. HUGE THUMBS DOWN!!!

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  • Daniel
  • 2019-03-06

BORING

I might as well read a dictionary. The first two books were good this one not so much

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  • R. Moody
  • 2019-02-27

disappointed

if I wanted a author's interview I would go to YouTube. I loved the actual series.