The Book of Life

The Book of Life

A Novel

eBook - 2014
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The highly anticipated finale to the #1 New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with A Discovery of Witches After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches'with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency. In the trilogy's final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago. With more than one million copies sold in the United States and appearing in thirty-eight foreign editions, A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night have landed on all of the major bestseller lists and garnered rave reviews from countless publications. Eagerly awaited by Harkness's legion of fans, The Book of Life brings this superbly written series to a deeply satisfying close.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, 2014
ISBN: 9780698163478
Branch Call Number: 813/.6 23
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Mar 08, 2020

Book Three of All Souls Trilogy

Dec 06, 2019

Loved this book

Nov 16, 2019

An action-packed but not completely satisfying ending
After falling in love (book 1), and hiding in the past (book 2), Diana and Matthew return to the present to start a family and figure out what is in the Book of Life.
This third book recaptures some of the mystery from the first book and tackles head-on the issue of the lineage of demons, vampires and witches. Gone are the long, loving descriptions of places, and instead, there are multiple action scenes, broad moving parts across multiple continents, confrontations with the Congregation, and a reckoning for some wayward players. More importantly, you get to see Matthew and Diana weave all of it into a family. It even rectifies one of the glaring gaps from book 2 regarding a young boy named Jack.
The true villain of the trilogy is revealed as is a hidden hero. But while the villain is vanquished, the hidden hero who is around for most of book 2 and is revealed in book 3 ends up disappearing near the end. It left a feeling of incompleteness, as did two other villains who are not really dealt with at all, except politically.
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow her on social media.

Sep 08, 2019

I'm sorry, but seriously? She just....happily becomes a submissive and dutiful wife to her patriarch husband? Are kidding me?

Jun 21, 2016

Often I have found the final book in a series to lose the finesse and strategy of the previous instalments. Everything takes place solely to achieve the final scene, and the pace, character, the appeal of the story is lost, either within unmanageable battle scenes or unweildly dialogue. Thankfully neither is the case here. I found myself forced to slow and savour every last morsel of this delicacy. Thank you D. Harness!

Jun 10, 2016

Harkness is a historian & I found the 2nd book fascinating because I love Elizabethan England, but this last book had too much information & moved very slowly for me..then the ending was seemingly crammed into the last 50 pages & Benjamin & Knox gave up awfully easily for the Arch-villains they were supposed to be. I do love the Trilogy, tho, even if it is somewhat flawed,

Mar 16, 2016

This is definitely the best of the three. As it should be. I love how everything finally comes together. I sort of hate that they had children because it is sort of cliche and Twilight-esque. But the story and the layers of intrigue.. LOVE.

I've read this story multiple times simply because I just love a great story. And that's what this is.

Nov 11, 2015

A fitting conclusion to an enjoyable series. Would like to see more done in this universe. Can't wait to see this series made into movies.

staceyb123 Sep 14, 2015

It was alright. The trilogy would make for an interesting show with all the different characters. The part of the story which I felt was very Hollywood is that the adults had a lot of adult time and no mention of kids!

Jun 29, 2015

An amazing close to an otherworldly trilogy

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M_ALCOTT Oct 20, 2014

"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change."-Philippe De Clermont, often attributed to Charles Darwin

M_ALCOTT Oct 20, 2014

"I watched in silence as the parts of Matthew I knew and loved-the poet and the scientist, the warrior and the spy, the Renaissance Prince and father-fell away until only the darkest, most forbidding part of him remained. He was only the assassin now."-Diana

M_ALCOTT Oct 20, 2014

"No. I'm a vampire. And before you ask, I can go outside during the day and my hair won't catch on fire in the sunlight. I'm Catholic and have a crucifix. When I sleep, which is not often, I prefer a bed to a coffin. If you try to stake me, the wood will likely splinter before it enters my skin. No fangs either. And one last thing: I do not, nor have I ever, sparkled."-Matthew

M_ALCOTT Oct 19, 2014

"Well, no vampire ever knocked up a girl on Buffy. Not even Spike. And God knows he never practiced safe sex."-Chris

M_ALCOTT Oct 19, 2014

"Whichever creatures had introduced Joss Whedon to our world had a lot to answer for."-Diana

M_ALCOTT Oct 19, 2014

"First I was subjected to witchwater falling from the tower. Now there is a dragon in my hallway. This is what comes of having witches in the family."-Ysabeau

M_ALCOTT Oct 19, 2014

"Blood may speak loudly, but I always prefer tales told by the heart."-Fernando

M_ALCOTT Oct 19, 2014

"Bah. The Musketeers were all tossers."-Gallowglass

StephanieC81 Aug 09, 2014

There was something miraculous in the juxtaposition of a father's strength with his daughter's vulnerability.

StephanieC81 Aug 09, 2014

Philip, who had already exhibited an uncanny sensitivity to his father's mercurial moods, arranged his features in a perfect imitation of Matthew's frown and waved one arm in the air as if calling for a sword so they could vanquish their enemies together.

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