Discovery Of Witches…In ‘Real Time’

Today, I’m embarking on a 40 day reading journey. I’ll be joined with a few thousand of my fellow readers and fans revisiting the story and adventures of Diana and Matthew, via The Discovery Of Witches:  Deborah Harkness’s …. All Souls Trilogy ………


I read Chapter 1 early this morning by the warm glow of Halloween Lights





When historian Diana Bishop opens a bewitched alchemical manuscript in Oxford’s Bodleian Library it represents an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordinary life. Though descended from a long line of witches, she is determined to remain untouched by her family’s legacy. She banishes the manuscript to the stacks, but Diana finds it impossible to hold the world of magic at bay any longer.

For witches are not the only otherworldly creatures living alongside humans. There are also creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires who become interested in the witch’s discovery. They believe that the manuscript contains important clues about the past and the future, and want to know how Diana Bishop has been able to get her hands on the elusive volume.

Chief among the creatures who gather around Diana is vampire Matthew Clairmont, a geneticist with a passion for Darwin. Together, Diana and Matthew embark on a journey to understand the manuscript’s secrets. But the relationship that develops between the ages-old vampire and the spellbound witch threatens to unravel the fragile peace that has long existed between creatures and humans—and will certainly transform Diana’s world as well.

Deborah is providing those of us caught up in this adventure a schedule and Real-Time Reading Companion(free download!!) The hardest part for me is going  to be ‘disciplining’ myself to stop and wait to continue….this story totally sucks you in. I. Love. This. Trilogy!!



“Message from Deborah”

Around September 2008, I started writing what would turn out to be A Discovery of Witches. As many of you know, the main action of the book takes place over forty days between September 21 and October 31. Diana Bishop’s first encounter with Ashmole 782, however, occurred on September 18. Why not read or re-read A Discovery of Witches as the action elapses? Some days have more than one chapter, and others have none at all, but it’s interesting to read it and have just as much time as Diana and Matthew did to absorb the enormous changes happening to them, and all around them. It may give you new insights.

Please note: because the action of the book starts on a Friday, the days of the week will be wrong, but the dates are right and you will end up, as they did, on Halloween.”

Excerpt From: Harkness, Deborah. “The All Souls Real-time Reading Companion.” Penguin Publishing Group, 2015-10-29. iBooks.
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Is anybody else ‘out there’ caught up in the World Of Diana and Matthew?!?! I know I can’t be the only one……………