I LOVE THIS SERIES!
I had read about "A Discovery of Witches" before it was published and it sounded really interesting, so I pre-ordered it. When I read it, I was hooked and couldn't wait for the rest of the series.
My cousin picked up "Shadow of Night" in California while at a book signing (love her for that!), and I ordered "The Book of Life" as soon as it was available for Pre-Order. Yes, it has taken me much longer to finish the series than I would have liked, but life interrupted - I could not focus on the books - and they need all of your attention.
Deborah Harkness has created an amazing world that incorporates the present with the past, historical figures and facts with the paranormal (two of my favorite genres are historical fiction and paranormal). Maybe Ms. Harkness being a Professor of History adds credibility, but I almost believe the story she weaved to be true - wanted it to be true.
I don't give away much with any of my book reviews, so let me just say that I love how the characters are introduced to us, how they meet, and how they slowly get to know each other as we, the readers, get to know them. The All Souls Trilogy isn't for the light of heart who are hoping for a quick read. They are for the thinking person, someone who wants to get lost in a world that you think you know, but has hidden secrets from you all along. A world that takes you back in time and brings you home with answers that the two main characters, along with the rest, need to know to survive.
I could name every character and tell you wonderful things about them, but you need to read the books and find out about them for yourself. I don't think you will be disappointed. I give all three of the books in the All Souls Trilogy five out of Five stars!
My only complaint is - I want more Gallowglass - I NEED more Gallowglass!