I discovered the All Souls Series by Deborah Harkness years ago and had to wait for each book to come out before I could finish the series. I wish the series was longer and suffered a serious book hangover. This is the reason why I started searching for books like A Discovery of Witches.
Whether you love the witches, the vampires, the time travel, or the historical fiction aspect of this book series, there is a little something for everyone to love. It has recently been made into a television series and I think they did a really great job of staying true to the book.
We included all the books in the All Souls series in order as well as books similar to A Discovery of Witches. So, if you loved this book series, check out your next great read.
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Books in A Discovery of Witches Series
This fantasy novel explores the history of witches, wizards, and vampires. Diana is an Oxford scholar who discovers an ancient manuscript in the Bodleian Library that triggers her long-forgotten magic. She quickly realizes that there are creatures who will go to any lengths necessary to find this book.
However, an unexpected alliance forms with Matthew, a vampire who has spent centuries searching for this manuscript. When he meets Diana though, he cannot help but protect her as she discovers her magical heritage and new powers.
A blend of heart-pounding action and historical study, this book was the perfect mix of fantasy and history. It’s one of my favorites on my list of Halloween Books For Adults!
In this second book in the series, Diana and Matthew must travel back in time to Elizabethan England to hide from those who seek to kill her and find a witch to tutor her in magic.
Matthew’s past is now a very real threat as the two continue to find a way to find Ashmole 782 for a second time. This book is filled with time travel, witches, and vampires and gives an amazing peek into Elizabethan England.
Diana and Matthew have returned to the present to face their enemies. The search for the missing Ashmole 782 is even more important as is finding the missing pages.
Diana and Matthew must rely on friends, family, modern science, and ancient knowledge to save themselves and all the creatures.
This book is the story of Marcus Macneal who was a surgeon on the battlefields of the American Revolution. When Matthew de Clairmont offers him a chance to become immortal, he takes it.
Now, in the present, Marcus has fallen in love with a human named Phoebe. We follow her on her journey to immortality. Marcus must battle his past if he wants to make a future for himself. This is a slow-burning romance that will leave you wanting more.
Historical Fantasy Books Like A Discovery of Witches
I started it the minute I got it but made myself wait until Halloween to finish the book because I wanted to enjoy the book to the fullest. I absolutely loved this prequel to the amazing Practical Magic.
The Owens women have a centuries-old curse that started with Maria Owens in the 1600s. With her amazing ability to weave a story, Alice Hoffman has once again written a book that captured my heart on the first page. Part historical fiction and part love story, this book had everything that I wanted from a prequel.
If you love Alice Hoffman books, check out our Guide to Practical Magic and books just like it!
If you love Outlander, The Mists of Avalon, or The Clan of the Cave Bear, then you will love this story. Set in Britain when Christianity is poised to become the religion of the country, a future queen who swore to the old ways is learning how to balance the needs of her people and her religion with the role she’s expected to play.
Meanwhile, her twin brother is training to be the man history knows as Merlin. The first in a new trilogy about Arthurian legend, I’m looking forward to the next book coming out in September.
Every word captivated me from beginning to end and I couldn’t put it down. The story was magical- both literally and figuratively and the descriptions are so vivid.
The stage has been set for a magical competition between the pupils of two very powerful magicians. The stage: the night circus. The pupils, a man, and a woman are unsure of the rules, unsure how to win or when the competition will end. As the competition continues, the opponents fall in love- a situation that only complicates their predicament.
This is magic in a way that I never imagined before. The story has twists and surprises that left me wondering how I didn’t see what was right there all along.
For more books like these, check out our list of Historical Fantasy Books to Capture your Imagination.
Time Travel Books Similar to A Discovery of Witches
How do we love Outlander? We cannot count the ways. The ninth book in the series, Go Tell the Bees That I am Gone, will be released on November 23, 2021.
This epic story begins in 1945 when Claire Randall and her husband take a second honeymoon to the Scottish Highlands to celebrate reuniting after the war. When Claire touches one of the standing stones, she is transported to 1743.
This is when the real story begins. In order to stay safe as an English woman in Scotland, she must depend on Jamie Frasier for protection. Amazing history, magical realism, romance, and witches overflow in this iconic epic saga.
I read this book in only a few days because I loved it so much. This is another book that I read this month that is perfect for fans of Outlander.
After Eva’s sister dies, she heads back to Cornwall England to find peace and rest. What she discovers is more than she expects when she finds herself inexplicably back in time. As her heart begins to feel again, can she find a way to heal her broken heart and find love?
Clare and Henry have an unusual love story. They’ve known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, but got married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one. You see, Henry is an adventurous librarian who inadvertently travels through time.
I adore how this story explores very real challenges that any couple faces. With the added time travel element, it becomes an unforgettable read.
While I realize there is only a loose librarian connection to this book list, Henry and Clare’s story is one of my all-time favorites and it shouldn’t be missed.
Be sure to check out our list of Best Time Travel Books Like the Time Traveler’s Wife if you want more like this.
More Books Like A Discovery of Witches
I watched this show before I knew that it was a book and then I obviously had to read the book as well. Sookie Stackhouse is a waitress at a bar in her small town in Louisiana. She is quiet and keeps to herself except for the fact that she can read people’s minds.
When Bill Compton comes into the bar one night, Sookie cannot hear anything he is thinking and she is quickly infatuated. The feeling is mutual. But when murders start taking place and the two suspects are Bill and Sookie’s womanizing brother, Sookie starts to question her choices. There is nothing PG about this steamy series. If you love the magical creatures in A Discovery of Witches, you will love this vampire series.
This story that is based on Russian folklore was a slow build. I wasn’t sure about it until about halfway through when I couldn’t put it down. In fact, I went out to buy the sequel (The Girl in the Tower) immediately because I needed to find out what happens.
Vasya lives with her family on the edge of a Russian forest where they hear stories of the blue-eyed winter demon and honor household spirits. When Vasya’s dad brings home a new stepmother who forbids their practices, misfortunes follow. Vasya now must use the gifts that she has kept hidden all these years. The winter demon in this book is different from the demons in A Discovery of Witches books.
House of Earth and Blood is the first in a new series by Sarah J. Maas, of ACOTAR fame. It’s an urban fantasy – which is new to me.
There were skyscrapers, cellphones, and video surveillance, but also fairies, werewolves, angels, demons, and witches with history and power. It was a wild ride.
My initial turn-off of too many names/places/tribes/species types was quickly overcome by the insane world-building. I cannot wait for the next book to come out. The epic nature of this book gives me Discovery of Witches vibes.