For Fans

Deb’s Bookshelf

Many readers ask me about my favorite books. Sadly, now that I’m so busy writing I have less time for reading. But here are some recommended titles–old and new–that may be of interest to fans of the All Souls trilogy.

You can also find many more of my book recommendations on my Bookbub page and my Goodreads page.

Historical Fiction
If you like historical fiction, try:

Dorothy Dunnett’s six-volume Crawford of Lymond series, starting with The Game of Kings

Dorothy Dunnett’s eight-volume House of Niccolò series, starting with Niccolò Rising (note: the action takes place BEFORE the Crawford of Lymond Series, but it is a prequel and should be read after)

Iain Pears’s The Instance of the Fingerpost


If you like book mysteries, try:

A. S. Byatt’s Possession 

Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose

If you like mysteries with great female protagonists, try:

Deborah Crombie’s Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James series, starting with A Share in Death

Laurie King’s Mary Russell series, starting with The Beekeeper’s Apprentice

Time Travel
If you like time travel, try:

Connie Willis’s Doomsday

Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander

Witches & Magical Beings
If you like books about witches and other magical beings, try:

Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Mists of Avalon

Anne Rice, The Witching Hour (the first in the Mayfair Witches series)

V. E. Schwab A Darker Shade of Magic (the first in a trilogy)

Danielle Trussoni, Angelology

Parallel Worlds

If you like the idea of a marvelous world existing alongside our own, try:

Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series, starting with The Eyre Affair

Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere

Daniel O’Malley’s The Rook

The Magic of Childhood
If you are longing for the magic of childhood, why not reread:

Edward Eager’s Half Magic

J. K. Rowling, the Harry Potter series, starting with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Elizabeth George Speare, The Witch of Blackbird Pond