Deborah Harkness books in order
Deborah Harkness is the American scholar, wine enthusiast and author of the New York Times best-selling All Souls Trilogy.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she acquired a B.A degree from Mount Holyoke College, M.A from Northwestern University, and a doctorate degree from the University of California at Davis. She has also studied at the prestigious University of Oxford.
Harkness currently lives in Southern California, Los Angeles where she teaches European history and the history of science to undergraduates and graduate students at the University of Southern California.
Genres: Fantasy / SF, Historical Fiction
- John Dees Conversations with Angels: Cabala, Alchemy, and the End of Nature (1999)
- The Jewel House: Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution (2007)
- Time's Convert: A Novel (2014)
- A Discovery of Witches (2011)
- Shadow of Night (2012)
- The Book of Life (2014)
- The World of All Souls: The Complete Guide to A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life (2018)
Detailed book overview
John Dee, without question the most famous natural philosopher from Elizabethan England, scribbled down his thoughts on the natural world, the practice of natural philosophy, and the apocalypse in a series of conversations with angels—all mystifying features of his life and work.
This book makes good use of Dee's library and annotation, providing an extensive analysis of these conversations to clarify this mystery.
It’s a book that will certainly appeal to readers interested in the history of science, students of religion, and basically anyone who approached the new millennium with a cautious eye.
This book takes readers through the streets, shops, back alleys, and gardens of Elizabethan London, where a spirited and diverse group of men and women were brought together by their shared interest in the study of nature.
These assorted merchants, gardeners, barber-surgeons, midwives, instrument makers, mathematics teachers, engineers, alchemists, and others from all walks of life played an integral role in setting the stage for the Scientific Revolution.
The book looks at the men and women involved and the challenges they faced in their quest to advance the medieval society into an empirical, experimental one that formed the basis of the Scientific Revolution.
A youthful Massachusetts surgeon named Marcus MacNeil meets one Matthew de Clermont on the battlefields of the American Revolution.
Offered the chance to attain immortality by becoming a vampire, Marcus grabs the opportunity without second thought.
Phoebe Taylor, in modern day Paris, is a young employee at Sotheby. She’s also the one woman that Marcus has fallen in love with.
She launches her own journey to immortality, realizing that the challenges of transforming from a human to a vampire aren’t any different from what they were in the eighteenth century.
Trouble however brews when secrets from Marcus’s past return to haunt them.
All Souls Trilogy
A young scholar from a lineage of witches, Diana Bishop comes cross a long-lost, magical alchemical manuscript referred to as Ashmole 782, deep in the Bodleian Library in Oxford.
The reemergence of the manuscript thus summons a bizarre underworld; one which she steers through with the help of her leading man, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont.
In the first installment of the New York Times bestselling All Souls Trilogy, we were introduced to young scholar and reluctant witch Diana Bishop, and vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and the magical manuscript known as Ashmole 782.
In Shadow of Night, Deborah Harkness tells us of how Diana and Matthew—who go back in time to Elizabethan London—are thrown into a world of spies, magic, and a clique of Matthew’s old friends, the School of Night.
In their desperate search to recover the Ashmole 782, Diana seeks a witch to help harness her magic.
But as Matthew’s past comes back to haunt them, they all set off on a very different, and perilous journey.
Having traveled through time in the second installment of the All Souls Trilogy, Diana Bishop, a historian and witch, and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present day to confront new problems and old foes.
They reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches at Matthew’s ancestral home at Sept-Tours, albeit with one outstanding exception.
When they learn of the real threat to their future, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes a more desperate and severe twist.
In Shadow of Night, Diana and Matthew travel back in time to Elizabethan London where they are hurled into a world of spies, magic, and a clique of Matthew’s old friends, the School of Night.
A Discovery of Witches introduced us to Diana Bishop, the young scholar from a lineage of witches, who comes cross a long-lost, magical alchemical manuscript referred to as Ashmole 782, deep in the Bodleian Library in Oxford.
The Book of Life on the other hand brings the griping series to an enchanting conclusion.
This book however draws together synopses, character bios, maps, recipes, and even the science behind creatures, magic, and alchemy.
It is a must-have handbook for both newcomers and fans of the series.