I'm the kind of person who starts a series and has the unfortunate need to have to finish them. Though that didn't happen to a few series such as "Fallen" because it literally sucks. I read fiction to escape reality.
You can read ew.com's summary/ review here.
This is digital spy's.
If you have read the book, just skip the articles above and everything I write and watch the trailer below.
Anyways, the all souls trilogy is good. This is a simple summary, really. You should see how thick the book is. The trailer is meh in my opinion. The book is much better.
Book 1: A Discovery of Witches
Set in the present, Matthew Clairmont (1500 years old vampire) meets Diana Bishop (Bridget Bishop's descendant, basically who will become the most powerful witch because the goddess is like her fairy godmother), a witch that doesn't use her magic. Matthew sought out Diana because she found the missing book of life. But they fall in love, and they break the covenant where creatures (vampires, witches, demons) don't mix. <Cues lots of drama and conflict which everyone can identify with when you want to be with someone who doesn't seem to fit you>. Diana gets tortured by a Finnish witch Satu Jarvinen who is a member of the Congregation (like creature government). Matthew helps her get in touch with her magic. They decide to time walk into the past at the end of the first book to seek out the mystery of the book of life and find powerful witches in the past to help Diana with her magic (Diana can time walk, told you, she can do every witchy thing, and creatures are "dying out" and becoming lousier because of the no mixing thing). All along the way there are many secrets to uncover. And I low key aspire to be like Ysabeau (Matthew's vampire mother/maker).
Book 2: Shadow of Night
They go back to 1590 (think Shakespeare, Elizabethan England), Matthew "changes" because of his multiple identities, I like all the historical references and stuff. Deborah Harkness did her homework (and a lot of "magical storytelling"), so there's a lot to google along the way and read up on like Grisham's Exchange etc. Enters Gallowglass, Matthew's nephew, who eventually falls in love with Diana and protects her from the past all the way until the present, which is in book 1, and then has to leave because he cannot have her :( There's Prague as well, magical lessons, alchemy, spy stuff, vampire stuff, hunting for the lost book etc. Courtly life in both Prague and England (where Elizabeth doesn't like Diana, unsurprisingly). This book touches on a lot of historical figures, so wikipedia away. They get to see the book of life before its broken, three pages get torn (like how it was at the start of the story when Diana unknowingly met the conditions of the spell), many people get killed along the way, and they go back to the present at the end of the book. But by then Diana is a pretty powerful witch already. Her witchy teachers are cute, especially Goody Alsop. Oh, and Diana is pregnant with Matthew's child. Mixing.
Book 3: The Book of Life
They go back to the present, Benjamin (Matthew's vampire foe turned son with blood rage -> Too many biological explanations really so it can't go in the summary) endangers Diana and other witches like her by trying to impregnate them, Diana gives birth (basically breaking the rules and becoming targeted by like, everyone), Matthew gets captured and tortured like his awesome father Philip, Diana and all goes on a rescue mission, they find out Benjamin was the one who tortured Philip, kills Benjamin. On the sideline there's also the discovering of the magical significance and finding the three missing pages, in the end they realise the congregation was set up to prevent creatures mixing and giving birth to powerful beings that are magical and long lived, the convenant is repealed, Matthew heals, and the world is saved.
Okay I think that's most of it even though I left out like 60% of the people and story.
COMING SEPTEMBER 2018: TIME'S CONVERT!!!!
Omg I can't wait haha.