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The Book of Life: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy, Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Deborah Harkness
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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.

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    Dedicated scholar, reluctant witch, and seasoned time traveler Diana Bishop returns to wrap up the wildly popular All Souls trilogy. After a supernatural “meet-cute” in A Discovery of Witches, and a time-traveling adventure in Shadow of Night, Diana and vampire/scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present, continuing their pursuit of magical alchemical manuscript Ashmole 782, aka The Book of Life; but before the secrets contained within the manuscript are revealed, Diana and Matthew must navigate the peculiarities of their essentially forbidden union. As the stakes grow increasingly higher, they prepare for a showdown in the demon world that could have direct—and possibly dire—­consequences for their own families. Harkness herself proves to be quite the alchemist as she combines elements of magic, history, romance, and science, transforming them into a compelling journey through time, space, and geography. By bridging the gaps between Harry Potter, Twilight, and Outlander fans, Harkness artfully appeals to a broad range of fantasy lovers. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: With the first two volumes in this trilogy selling more than one million copies, and the movie version of A Discovery of Witches currently in development, the conclusion of this paranormal adventure is guaranteed to fly off the shelves. --Margaret Flanagan

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    What a rich, thrilling and educational tale is... A captivating and romantic ripping yarn -- E L James Guardian Intelligent and off-the-wall...irresistible to Twilight fans The Sunday Times Spellbinding... Unputdownable Woman & Home This is a glorious, finely-wrought gem of a book: intelligent, thoughtful, intricate... I could lose myself in here and never want to come out: what better accolade can there be? ...Utterly enchanting on every level -- Manda Scott A bubbling cauldron of illicit desire...all the ingredients for an assured saga that blends romance with fantasy Daily Mail A vast, sexy, historical romp of a novel. There's no doubting Harkness's vivid imagination Daily Mirror An inventive addition to the supernatural craze...has exciting amounts of spells, kisses and battles, and is recounted with enchanting, page-turning panache Marie Claire

    Product Details

    • File Size: 2598 KB
    • Print Length: 564 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0670025593
    • Publisher: Penguin Books (July 15, 2014)
    • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00G3L6KQI
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,923 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    216 of 245 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A GLORIOUS ENDING TO THE ALL SOULS TRILOGY! June 21, 2014
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    The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness is the third and final book in the All Souls Trilogy, following the earlier two books in the series - A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy) and Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy, Bk 2). After two years of impatient but excited wait for readers, witch Diana Bishop, also a historian, and vampire Matthew Clairmont, who is also her husband and a scientist, return from the past to the present to continue their all-important search for the crucial but long-missing pages of Ashmole 782, an enchanted alchemical manuscript, commonly known as the Book of Life. This is no ordinary book as it holds the key to the origin of all supernatural beings. Its massive importance is widely known and a lot of evil forces are also searching for it.

    Set in Matthew's Sept-Tours chateau, the duo had to deal with teething troubles brewing among the vampire family. Benjamin Fuchs, the vampire son of Matthew, is stalking them with intent to cause them grievous harm. In order to protect everyone, Diana needs to sharpen her skills as weaver, which is one of the rarest but most effective witch powers. Added to this is the advancing pregnancy of Diana with twins which upset the Congregation of vampires, witches and daemons. It is a ticklish situation because relationship between vampires and witches is considered unacceptable and against the covenant. Dark forces are at work seeking to destroy or separate them. Diana and Matthew must handle the delicate situation with wisdom and astuteness, and at the same time meet troubles head-on to survive.
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    157 of 179 people found the following review helpful
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    ** ABSOLUTELY NO SPOILERS AHEAD **

    I was a big fan of the first two novels in this series, A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy) and Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy) and waited with exciting anticipation for The Book of Life: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy) to be released. I was fortunate enough to receive an advanced readers copy from the publisher last week and was not disappointed.

    I'm not going to rehash the publisher's summary by restating the plot of Book of life, but believe me - the journey Deborah Harkness takes us with Diana and Matthew is wholly amazing. Their search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages becomes tantamount into understanding what the witches have known for centuries and how to save their future. Although it has been two years since Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy) was released, you will find it very easy to get back into Matthew and Diana's storyline. And seeing how things are settled with Benjamin was definitely worth the wait. There was plenty of action and suspense to keep you turning the pages.

    For all of us who were disappointed in how Veroicia Roth ended the Divergent series with Allegiant (Divergent Series) last year have no fear with Deborah Harkness - she does an amazing job concluding the All Souls trilogy.

    This was a wonderful end to the series.
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    244 of 287 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars A big let down for me- *Spoiler free review* July 19, 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition
    What a huge let down this book was. I'm talking EPIC proportion let down.

    First of all, I am shocked at all the positive reviews I'm seeing. I feel like we didn't read the same book.

    A Discovery of Witches was one of my favorite reads of 2011. I wasn't as much into reading then, and I stumbled across this one while randomly perusing my library for books. I fell in love with the story, the characters, and the magic of it all. I felt like the story was building up for something important, something powerful.

    The second book was also pretty successful for me. It was lovely in the way that historical fiction is pleasurable for me. I also have a deep love of time-travel books, so I was practically guaranteed to fall head over heels.

    A lot of time has passed since the second, and my expectations were sky high for the third. Unfortunately, the careful world-building fell to crap in the final installment. I'll try to break down my main issues with the story without giving away any spoilers.

    1) The POV switches: I have very specific opinions about lots of POVs in the a story: Namely, I hate them. This book had at least 5 different points of view, which irritated me to no end. Why not just two? Those extra points of view just seemed lazy to me, just a way for the author to do some "telling" and less "showing" about the characters. To make matters worse, the author switched from 1st to 3rd person throughout the book! Talk about a headache. It was a terrible choice, in my opinion.

    2) The number of characters: This book was like a who's who from the previous two books. I swear, no one was left out. There were so many people re-introduced that I had a hard time keeping track of everyone. The story felt so... cluttered.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars The book of life: A NOVEL (all souls trilogy, book 3)
    Thank-you so very much for all the hours of reading and enjoyment I have spent with your books. I did not want them to end. Read more
    Published 56 minutes ago by Arlene Kilgore
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good Ending
    This final book of the Book of life trilogy was very good and had a fascinating ending. I highly recommend it.
    Published 5 hours ago by Judith
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great job!
    Wonderful conclusion. Wrapped up the trilogy well. Would love another book, but I feel this book did a great job ending the series.
    Published 17 hours ago by Teacher23
    5.0 out of 5 stars Really excellent series..
    I especially loved the smooth writing. No effort to be transported to these amazing places and times. Read more
    Published 1 day ago by JenniHul
    5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful.
    This was the perfect ending for the trilogy. I wish it could gon and on. I will read anything Ms. Harkness writes.
    Published 2 days ago by Barbara De Simone
    5.0 out of 5 stars The All Souls Trilogy is the best books I've read in a long time
    The All Souls Trilogy is the best books I've read in a long time. Very engaging and a interesting view of history. The Author is after all a history professor. Read more
    Published 2 days ago by Jay L. Specht
    3.0 out of 5 stars Tree of life
    All in all it was an interesting story however at times it was very hard to follow. It took we forever to finish it as it was good at putting me to sleep. Read more
    Published 2 days ago by Barry
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent finish!
    This last book of the trilogy wraps up beautifully. It certainly gives one pause and hopefully will wake up those in our society who are so adamant about keeping their prejudices... Read more
    Published 4 days ago by Elaine
    4.0 out of 5 stars I did enjoy it, but it was no where near what ...
    Overall, I did enjoy it, but it was no where near what the first two were. The ending left me feeling a little bit let down. I felt like it should have had a bigger ending. Read more
    Published 5 days ago by Betsy
    5.0 out of 5 stars All Souls Trilogy
    A trilogy of books that I won't soon forget. I felt completely absorbed in the story from the moment I began reading through the very end.
    Published 6 days ago by Jessica Reed
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    Deborah Harkness is a professor of history at the University of Southern California. She has received Fullbright, Guggenheim, and National Humanities Center fellowships, and her most recent scholarly work is The Jewel House: Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution. She also writes an award-winning wine blog.

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