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Product Details

  • Series: All Souls Trilogy (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult (July 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670025593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670025596
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (539 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

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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Praise for The Book of Life

“Weaving an extraordinarily rich story of magic and science, history and fiction, passion and power, secrets and truths, Harkness delivers an unforgettable and spellbinding finale that's not to be missed.” —USA Today

“Juicy and action-packed . . . Even at 561 pages, this is one hardcover no one will mind lugging to the beach.”
—People

“Pure escapist summer fun.”
—Jodi Picoult, Parade

“There is no shortage of action in this sprawling sequel, and nearly every chapter brings a wrinkle to the tale. The storytelling is lively and energetic, and Diana remains an appealing heroine even as her life becomes ever more extraordinary. A delightful wrap-up to the trilogy.”
—Publishers Weekly

“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.”
—Booklist

“The witch Diana’s and the vampire Matthew’s quests to discover their origins and confront the threats to their star-crossed union tie up as neatly as one of Diana’s magical weaver’s knots. . . . It’s still satisfying to travel with these characters toward their more-than-well-earned happy ending.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“The adventure never lets up. . . . History, science, and the unpredictable actions of paranormal characters with hidden agendas all swirl together to create a not-to-be-missed finale to a stellar series.”
—Library Journal

Praise for Shadow of Night

“Deborah Harkness takes us places we’ve never been before. . . . Readers time-travel as precisely and precariously as Diana and Matthew do. . . . Shadow ends as Discovery did, with promises of more to come. Lucky for us.”
—USA Today

“Fans of Harkness’s 2011 debut A Discovery of Witches will be delighted. . . . Harkness delivers enough romance and excitement to keep the pages turning. Readers will devour it.”
—People

“The joy that Harkness, herself a historian, takes in visiting the past is evident on every page. . . . A great spell, one that can enchant a reader and make a 600-page book fly through her fingertips, is cast. . . . Its enduring rewards are plenty.”
—Entertainment Weekly

“Enchanting, engrossing and as impossible to put down as its predecessor, Shadow of Night is a perfect blend of fantasy, history and romance.”
—Miami Herald

Shadow of Night pretty much defines excellence. . . . Shadow boasts even more action than the first book—Elizabethan England, after all, wasn’t the best place to advertise your presence as a witch, what with the burnings and all. Harkness peppers the cast with intriguing cameos. . . . Adults who’ve sorely missed the wizardry, romance and adventure of the Harry Potter books or love The Hunger Games will find much to adore.”
—Dallas Morning News

“Fascinating . . . Harkness immerses the reader in the historical and political milieu of late 16th-century London and Prague, where the search for the alchemical philosopher’s stone consumes royalty and commoners alike.”
—Los Angeles Times

“A captivating and romantic ripping yarn.”
—E. L. James, “Books of the Year 2012: Authors Choose Their Favourites,” The Guardian


Praise for A Discovery of Witches

“A wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter or Twilight . . .  An irresistible tale of wizardry, science and forbidden love, A Discovery of Witches will leave you longing for the sequel.”
—People

“Romantic, erudite, and suspenseful. . . . Harkness attends to every scholarly and emotional detail with whimsy, sensuality, and humor.”
—O, The Oprah Magazine

“A thoroughly grown-up novel packed with gorgeous historical detail, with a gutsy, brainy heroine to match. . . . Harkness writes with thrilling gusto about the magical world. Whether she’s describing a yoga class for witches, daemons, and vampires or Diana’s benignly haunted house, it’s a treat to suspend disbelief.”
—Entertainment Weekly

“Delightfully well-crafted and enchantingly imaginative . . . An enthralling and deeply enjoyable read, it has some of the same ineluctable atmosphere that made Anne Rice’s vampire books such a popular success.”
—Miami Herald

“A scintillating debut . . . Harkness imbues Bishop and Clairmont’s romantic adventure with an odd charm, a sweet joy in the life of the mind.”
—Seattle Times

“Readers who thrilled to Elizabeth Kostova’s 2005 blockbuster, The Historian, will note the parallels, but A Discovery of Witches is a modern Romeo and Juliet story, with older, wiser lovers. Blood will flow when a witch and a vampire fall for each other. Author Deborah Harkness, a UCLA history professor, brings vast knowledge and research to the page.”
—Cleveland Plain-Dealer

“Enthralling . . . a rollicking mystery.”
—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Harkness works her own form of literary alchemy by deftly blending fantasy, romance, history, and horror into one completely bewitching book.”
—Chicago Tribune

More About the Author

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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153 of 166 people found the following review helpful By Online Book Reviews TOP 500 REVIEWER on 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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113 of 123 people found the following review helpful By Mathlete on July 6, 2014
Format: Hardcover
** 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
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47 of 55 people found the following review helpful By VampireNovelFan on July 15, 2014
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I will be honest and admit that I didn't re-read the prequels prior to diving into this one. It's been a couple of years since I read Shadow of Night so my memory was fuzzy on certain details and as a result, toward the beginning of this book I felt a little lost. It didn't last for long though as Harkness weaves the story together very well incorporating important developments from the other novels into this one. It definitely feels like a third book so you don't want to start here.

If you've been waiting patiently for this one then it was worth the wait. It's a satisfying final act and at this point I'd say it's my favorite of the series because I want to read it again. Harkness is prolific, but the pace felt just right this time around whereas in the earlier novels it occasionally felt slow. Either that or I finally adjusted to her writing style. I was hanging onto every word and the suspense created just the right tension, especially toward the end. I couldn't put the book down. It struck an emotional chord with me which was a pleasant surprise. After about a third into the book I was completely invested in the outcome for Diana and Matthew as they had so much counting against them and their family. And it only compounds as the story goes on. Diana's growing powers, Matthews secrets, the plot twists, the villains, they were all very entertaining.

Aside from feeling lost after having not re-read the other books, my only other criticism is that I thought it was a little crowded character-wise. I could keep up with core supporting characters, but often enough I found myself mixing up the rest.

These books offer a mix of everything which is what makes them so fun.
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