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After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting All Souls 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, The Book of Life (Viking), Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences — bringing this superbly written series to a deeply satisfying close.

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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 Harknesss 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 and translations, 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 Harknesss legion of fans, The Book of Life brings this superbly written series to a deeply satisfying close.

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"In the final installment of Harkness's All Souls Trilogy (after Shadow of Night), witch historian Diana Bishop and her vampiric husband, Matthew Clairmont, freshly returned to the present from their sojourn in Elizabethan England, have ample challenges to contend with. They still seek the missing pages of Ashmole 782, the mystical manuscript known as the Book of Life and the key to the origin of all supernatural beings, and now must negotiate the internal politics of Matthew's extended vampire family. Also to be considered is the Congregation of vampires, witches, and daemons, who will not look at all kindly on the impending birth of Matthew and Diana's twin children. Meanwhile, Matthew and Diana are stalked by Matthew's murderous son Benjamin, and to save everyone, Diana must master her skills as a weaver — one of the rarest witch powers. 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. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Deborah Harkness is the number one New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night. A history professor at the University of Southern California, Harkness has received Fulbright, Guggenheim, and National Humanities Center fellowships.

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The Lost Entwife, July 12, 2014 (view all comments by The Lost Entwife)
When I finished SHADOW OF NIGHT, the second book in Deborah Harkness' DISCOVERY OF WITCHES trilogy, I wasn't certain if I would even pick up THE BOOK OF LIFE. Why was that? Well, SHADOW OF NIGHT had me feeling overwhelmed and confused. So many names were being thrown around and so much stuff happening that even pushed the boundaries of fantasy in my mind, that I really struggled with enjoying the story. On top of that the romance was nearly to the sickening level. I'd picked up a fantasy book, and while I don't mind romance at all, this was over-the-top puppy swooning.

Now, there was some of that happening in THE BOOK OF LIFE. The dynamic between Matthew and Diana is near soap-opera level (and don't even get me started on the pregnancy of Diana. Twins? Really?). But what saved THE BOOK OF LIFE from being a total disaster was, once again, the story pushing through. There was drama here, and action, and horror, and stories coming together. And there was the magic.

It wasn't until I was about half-way through that I finally began to feel the excitement that I experienced in DISCOVERY OF WITCHES. I was reminded of what drew me to the trilogy to begin with and became even more convinced, as I read, that I needed to recommend this trilogy to my Outlander-loving friends. Yes, there were moments still when things were pushed a little far, and the relationships were a bit strained (so much testosterone between Gallowglass and Matthew) beyond the borders of reality, but overall, THE BOOK OF LIFE was a fun, satisfying read that kept me up until the wee hours of the morning.
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bb98685, March 31, 2014 (view all comments by bb98685)
Finally! A book with witches, vampires and daemons, written with intelligence and provocative theories. Eagerly awaiting the final story in this trilogy. And I heard that Deborah Harkness will be at Powell's for the launch!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780670025596
Author:
Harkness, Deborah
Publisher:
Viking Books
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Suspense
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
All Souls Trilogy
Series Volume:
3
Publication Date:
20140731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In the final installment of Harkness's All Souls Trilogy (after Shadow of Night), witch historian Diana Bishop and her vampiric husband, Matthew Clairmont, freshly returned to the present from their sojourn in Elizabethan England, have ample challenges to contend with. They still seek the missing pages of Ashmole 782, the mystical manuscript known as the Book of Life and the key to the origin of all supernatural beings, and now must negotiate the internal politics of Matthew's extended vampire family. Also to be considered is the Congregation of vampires, witches, and daemons, who will not look at all kindly on the impending birth of Matthew and Diana's twin children. Meanwhile, Matthew and Diana are stalked by Matthew's murderous son Benjamin, and to save everyone, Diana must master her skills as a weaver — one of the rarest witch powers. 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. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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