The Book of Life

Harkness, Deborah E.

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Book of Life
"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"--

Publisher: New York :, Viking,, 2014.
ISBN: 0670025593
Characteristics: 561 pages ;,24 cm.


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Feb 19, 2015
  • danomcd rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Feb 08, 2015
  • bookbee rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

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

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.

Jan 14, 2015
  • cat_moda rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The first book in the All Souls Trilogy was the best, each book in the series got progressively worse. It is a great story and excellent writing, however the novel was bloated. It annoys me when books (or movies) are longer than necessary, this story could have been cut in half. It was a lot of filler and I found myself skipping sentences and then paragraphs and then whole pages because the novel was trying my patience. Ms. Harkness is a great writer and the series as a whole is a great story, but she could have gotten to the key plot points a lot sooner.

Dec 31, 2014
  • Ellie1970 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Skip it..don't waist your time. the first two books where excellent but this one was so bad I'd swear it was written by a different author.

Oct 29, 2014
  • alexica rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

I read the first book "A Discovery of Witches, and it was fine. But I would have recommended it only to fans of this genre, however. Jumping to the third book in this series, was a definaite mistake because there are so many characters and so many plot points that I was totally confused and didn't finish the book. If I had read the second book before the third, I might have found "The Book of Life," more engaging but I think you really need to have an interest in witches, vampires and daemans to begin with to get the most out of it.

Oct 26, 2014
  • sirreil rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Really enjoyed this series and didn't want to put this book down. Liked the way it came full circle. Hope you enjoy it as well. Thank you.

Oct 20, 2014
  • M_ALCOTT rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Given the build up from books 1-2("A Discovery of Witches" and "Shadow of Night"), I was expecting a more fiery and explosive ending with Diana and Matthew and company against their enemies and the Congregation. But, still a good end to the trilogy.

Sep 30, 2014
  • iRead26 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

First book was my favourite of the three. There's not much human left to Diana in this book which is what I enjoyed about the previous books. Resolution was very fast and a bit too easy. Really enjoyed the author's magical theories but would have liked more character development. And there is one loose end that wasn't tied up--maybe a spin-off with Gallowglass?

Sep 08, 2014
  • kaz59 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What a great finale. Great series overall.

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Oct 20, 2014
  • M_ALCOTT rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

"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

Oct 20, 2014
  • M_ALCOTT rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

"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

Oct 20, 2014
  • M_ALCOTT rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

"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

Oct 19, 2014
  • M_ALCOTT rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

"Well, no vampire ever knocked up a girl on Buffy. Not even Spike. And God knows he never practiced safe sex."-Chris

Oct 19, 2014
  • M_ALCOTT rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

"Whichever creatures had introduced Joss Whedon to our world had a lot to answer for."-Diana

Oct 19, 2014
  • M_ALCOTT rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

"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

Oct 19, 2014
  • M_ALCOTT rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

"Blood may speak loudly, but I always prefer tales told by the heart."-Fernando

Oct 19, 2014
  • M_ALCOTT rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

"Bah. The Musketeers were all tossers."-Gallowglass

Aug 09, 2014
  • StephanieC81 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

There was something miraculous in the juxtaposition of a father's strength with his daughter's vulnerability.

Aug 09, 2014
  • StephanieC81 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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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