The All Souls Trilogy, by Deborah Harkness

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SERIES REVIEW:

  • Width of each book,
  • If a trilogy, is the second book a bridge?
  • If a quartet, does each book add to the theme and plot of the series?
  • If a larger series, more than four: Does each book feel like it adds to the series, or is it a standalone feel? What’s the connection, is it still plausible throughout all books?
  • Cover appeal.
  • Cover co-ordination between books of series.
  • Book Blurbs or Recaps of previous books?
  • Is there a solid beginning, middle and end to the series?
  • Is there a strong character arc development?
  • Was world building an important factor in the series?
  • Was the book character driven or plot driven?
  • Did the Protagonist meet his/her goals?
  • Did the secondary characters do their job?
  • Favorite book of the series.
  • Favorite  character of the series.

 

Let’s Begin:

Width of each book.

Each book was about the same width. The second was slightly more, but in all it’s a good matching set.

If a trilogy, is the second book a bridge?

Definitely not.

If a trilogy, does each book add to the theme and plot of the series?

It is a trilogy, and, each book built on the theme of the one before it. The plot didn’t work as well at times from one book to the next, but overall it did pretty good. I did enjoy how one book picked up right where the other finished.

Cover appeal.

You knew each book belong to the series. The design of the paperbacks passed to the next with just a change in color and smaller details. The hardcovers also matched as a set. Did I like them? Not as much as I have in other similar series.

Cover co-ordination between books of series.

I would say they co-ordinated well. You knew they belonged to each other.

Book Blurbs or Recaps of previous books?

To a point. It would have been great if a small synopsis was at the front of the second and third book describing the one(s) before it. Nothing too elaborate, but enough to refresh the reader.

Is there a solid beginning, middle and end to the series?

Solid? No. But you felt this more in the character arcs than you did in the plot.

Is there a strong character arc development?

Yes. Diana develops well throughout all three books. I liked her best in the third book (as I should have) and she was everything I had hoped she’d be by that point. The rest… not so much.

Was world building an important factor in the series?

Important? I don’t think it was in the first book, and I found this omission perplexing because I couldn’t keep up as well to the shifting in plot. The second and third books did so much better with this.

Was the book character driven or plot driven?

Wow. I would say character driven, yes, definitely character driven.

Did the Protagonist meet his/her goals?

Most of them. There were a few I cringe over but for the most points, she did.

Did the secondary characters do their job?

Most of them did. Ugh… I suppose even Matthew lol but not as well as others.

Favorite book of the series.

The second book was mine. It was well plotted, well-written. The third was a close favorite.

Favorite  character of the series.

Don’t laugh. Corra! Wish we saw more of her. 🙂

I GIVE THIS SERIES:

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The Bronze Star Award.