The Book of Life

The Book of Life

All Souls Trilogy, Book 3

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...
Publisher: 2014
ISBN: 9780698163478

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History, romance, intrigue, paranormal - a complex trilogy with smart, relatable characters, lots of science and a fast exciting plot. Recommended by Maryn.


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Raye27
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!

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falconroom
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,

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andrearbearman
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.

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arashidragon0
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!

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Meadowsweet138
Jun 29, 2015

An amazing close to an otherworldly trilogy

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ShamaBole
May 07, 2015

The testosterone in this book is ridiculous. It's like a parody but the author is serious. Populated with a host of rather irritating and ornery characters, from the protagonist's guardian (who is a know it all who is always putting her down) to her best friend (another weird caricature)

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danomcd
Feb 19, 2015

I tried to read the last in this series but it just continued to the confusing stupidity of the second book. I stopped after a couple chapters and figured I would spend my time reading something I actually cared about hearing how it might end.

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bookbee
Feb 08, 2015

I had a hard time slogging through this book. I enjoyed the first two, but found the final to be slow and shallow.

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robinredoak
Feb 01, 2015

Disappointing. First two books were excellent in this trilogy. This last book, while well researched, moved ponderously and worst of all lacked any character development of arch villain, Benjamin. There is no examination of the motivations for his hatred and thirst for revenge. Blaming it all on "blood rage" was lazy and leaves the reader wondering if Harkness has grown bored with her subject.

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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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Nov 05, 2014

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