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The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy 3) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Deborah Harkness

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What a rich, thrilling and educational tale is... A captivating and romantic ripping yarn (Guardian - E L James)

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)

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Fall under the spell of Diana and Matthew once more in the stunning climax to their epic tale, following A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES and SHADOW OF NIGHT.

A world of witches, daemons and vampires. A manuscript which holds the secrets of their past and the key to their future. Diana and Matthew - the forbidden love at the heart of it.

After travelling 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 in France they reunite with their families - with one heart-breaking exception. But the real threat to their future is yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for the elusive manuscript Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on a terrifying urgency. Using ancient knowl­edge and modern science, from the palaces of Venice and beyond, Diana and Matthew will finally learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 WHAT A GLORIOUS ENDING TO THE ALL SOULS TRILOGY! 21 juin 2014
Par Online Book Reviews - Publié sur
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.

The Book of Life takes the reader on an enthralling ride with a sense of urgency as Diana and Matthew's past returned to haunt them, throwing hurdles at every possible corner. Deborah Harkness skillfully steered the two main protagonists through dark and dangerous worlds, bringing to the fore the political intrigues of the stunning world she created in the book. It is not just about magic and fantasy, Deborah Harkness evocatively laces the story with unchanging truths which will resonate well with many readers. It deals with issues of ignorance and past deeds in a subtle way without being too obvious, yet clearly understandable, and how these can have implications in the now and future.

The suspense is endless, there is no dearth of romance and the action sequences as sparkling as noon-day's sun. The prose is as beautiful as ever, and the narrative as clear as crystal. The characters have taken a giant leap from their previous roles but ever endearing, dynamic, and full of life. More than the character of Matthew, Diana's assumes much more significance, ever lovely and appealing, even as her life takes a turn for better or worse.

In this sweeping and magnificent conclusion to the All Souls Trilogy, the action and adventure is fast and furious, without ever letting up, and there are a slew of surprises bringing to an end the mystery surrounding the enchanted manuscript and what it means for Diana and Matthew. History, science, romance, action, intrigue, mystery, paranormal, suspense, magic - name it and it's there in this stunning book. After a long wait of two years what else can we expect but an exceptional story that is a fitting conclusion to a stellar series the likes of which we do not come across too often!

#This review is from uncorrected e-proof advance reader's copy which I received in exchange for honest review.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Veronica Roth Take Note, This is How You End a Series! 6 juillet 2014
Par Mathlete - Publié sur

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. It's a little sad to have waited two years for the conclusion and after a week of reading, having to say goodbye to the characters of this amazing trilogy. I thought Deborah Harkness did a wonderful job wrapping everything the plot without being predictable or leaving gaping plot holes.

The Book of Life is all that I hoped it would be. It was hard to put down and I believe fans will not feel the same letdown felt with the Divergent trilogy. I fully recommend it as a quick read. It took me a week during my daily commute to work and a few hours before going to bed to get through the 576 pages. Definitely worth the wait.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Saves the Best for Last! 15 juillet 2014
Par VampireNovelFan - Publié sur
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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. I came for the paranormal but I appreciate the amount of research that went into the historical aspects of the book, the strong writing, the humor, the horror, the drama, and the romance. The chemistry between Diana and Matthew is the best part of the reading experience. By the end I felt like I went on a journey with the characters and that to me is a sign of a successful story. Though this is the end of the trilogy I think there is enough left to write another one and I wouldn't be surprised to see it down the line.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 A big let down for me- *Spoiler free review* 20 juillet 2014
Par Heather K - Publié sur
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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. All of these extra people and their minor storylines weighed the plot down so much. It became sort of jumbled and confusing. I'm not sure why the author didn't just keep her focus on the main characters.

3) The lack of secrecy: I'm so confused! In the previous books, Diana and Matthew guarded the secret of their relationship, the quest for the book, and the secrets of Matthew's family fiercely. In this book? They let it alllll hang out. They tell everyone EVERYTHING! Everyone seems to know what they are searching for, that Diana is pregnant, simply everything! I have no idea why this had them throwing caution to the wind. They freaking told an entire class of students what they were researching. It was madness. Then they are looking for the person "leaking their secrets"... it could be the pizza boy for all they know! It was truly bizarre.

4) Diana's familiar: I won't say too much about this topic so I don't give away any spoilers, but I was utterly confused about the change in the firedrake's personality throughout the story, especially towards the end.

5) The haphazard plot: It honestly felt like the author didn't think this trilogy through very well. It was like the author had a brilliant idea for the first book and then had no idea how to carry it through. The third book had to reveal some mind blowing things to fit with all the buildup, but instead it was a collection of jumbled tangents. The main characters jumped from location to location, doing a series of things that didn't really make sense. They seemed like chickens with their heads cut off. The book didn't seemed planned. It was almost as though the author was making it up on the fly.

6) The blood rage thing: I hated this plot point. Blood rage was supposed to be this crazy thing, but some deep breathing and zen meditation seemed to snap all the characters out of it?? I was so confused as to why it was this big issue to begin with if it was that easy to control. I would have preferred it be a mindless, insane thing instead of the nuisance it was made out to be. It was a poorly fleshed out concept that could have been more powerful.

7) The Book: Okay, what is the deal with that book? We never truly get answers. I still am left wondering who created it and why. If you are reading this story thinking that something wondrous will be revealed, don't hold your breath.

8) Plot inconsistencies: There are so many plot elements that make no sense or are left dangling. I don't want to go into them all because I want this review to be spoiler free, but there were many instances where the book contradicts itself.

All in all, this book was a huge bummer. I give it 2 stars, mainly for nostalgia because I was happy to visit with these characters again.

Oh, and can Gallowglass get his own book? Pretty please?

**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Sort of 3.5 stars, really. A satisfying but less-than-perfect ending to the series 18 juillet 2014
Par gadget lover - Publié sur
I have been waiting for the last installment of this series with bated breath, and recently re-read A Discovery of Witches and The Shadow of Night in preparation of this book.

The good news is that this book ties the plot up neatly, bringing everything to a sense of completion, so that you don't have the feeling of being cheated at the end of the series. A lot of the favorite characters from previous books show up, and some of the usual bit of fun with Harkness is there (including the little "easter eggs" for fellow historians, who will find some of the experiences familiar).

I enjoyed reading the book as the end to the series- and certainly I recommend reading it to anyone who has read this series.

That being said, I think the book is less successful than its predecessors, and the main reason is that there is just "too much" in it.
Harkness introduces too many new characters, many of whom do very little to further the plot of the book, and really are just more names and more confusion . There is also at least one sub-plot that takes up a considerable portion of the book and that I found completely unnecessary (without spoiling - this is the New Haven plot, which I think really could have been cut out of the book. The same result could have been achieved in about 2 pages using existing characters and places). And then there was just an over-the-top feeling in descriptions of wealth, power etc. I mean, yes, in this genre the protagonists are usually extra powerful, extra wealthy and so on, but here it went perhaps a bit too far.

While the earlier books in the series had richness of detail, plot and characters, they all seemed to connect and make sense. Here, I felt that Harkness was trying to achieve the same richness without it being merited in the plot. Focusing mostly on existing characters would have made the plot stronger.

Still, all this being said, the book is well worth reading together with the rest of the series, and I did swallow it up in about two days of steady reading, which is a testament to Harkness's storytelling and the desire to see her characters through to the end of their story.
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