The first novel in scholar Deborah Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy, entitled A Discovery of Witches, was published in February 2011 to great acclaim, debuting on both the New York Times and USA Today best-seller lists. A Discovery of Witches was Harkness’ first foray into the world of fiction after publishing several non-fiction books during her career as a historian. (A career that, by the way, explains Harkness’ immersive attention to detail!) Karen Valby of Entertainment Weekly noted that “Harkness writes with thrilling gusto about the magical world. Whether she’s describing a yoga class for witches, daemons, and vampires or Diana’s benignly haunted house, it’s a treat to suspend disbelief.”
Peep the blurb and get excited:
Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.
Her smash hit debut was followed by The Shadow of Night and The Book of Life, both of which were also exceptionally well-received for a debut fiction writer. (Yep—she’s really that good.) Her audience needed more, and that’s exactly what we got! In 2018, filming wrapped on AMC’s adaptation of the series, which stars Teresa Palmer and Matthew Goode. That’s right: A Discovery of Witches is coming to your screens, courtesy of AMC. Despite comparisons made between A Discovery of Witches and Twilight, Collider calls Discovery “significantly sexier, scarier and more stylish than the Twilight films” and says it will be “the next show to cast its spell over viewers.”
The show has something for everyone, from fantasy, to romance—The New York Times states that “lovers don’t get much more perfect than the vampire aristocrat Matthew Clairmont,” while the Austin Chronicle comments that the show “is perfectly willing to show off what 1,500 years of sexual experience can do for a vampire’s bedroom moves.” Catch us moving closer to the screen! Apparently, a vampire’s game is nearly as impressive as the show’s settings: The Hollywood Reporter notes that “the directors make gorgeous use of filming locations in Oxford and Venice and Scotland.” Where there’s fantasy and romance, there’s plenty of drama—enough to keep you coming back for more.
The show currently has a whopping 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and we are 100% ready to sit down and watch! In addition to Palmer and Goode, the star-studded cast includes Alex Kingston, Valerie Pettiford, Edward Bluemel and Sherlock‘s Louise Brealey. All these gorgeous people are sure to make for a flawless adaptation!
Check out the trailer below, and get excited for the premiere of A Discovery of Witches.
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