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The Book of Life

Harkness, Deborah E. (Book - 2014 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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"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"--
Authors: Harkness, Deborah E., 1965-
Title: The book of life
Publisher: New York :, Viking,, 2014.
Characteristics: 561 pages ;,24 cm.
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
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Summary: "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"--
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ISBN: 9780670025596
0670025593
Statement of Responsibility: Deborah Harkness
Subject Headings: Witches Fiction. Women historians Fiction. Vampires Fiction. Science and magic Fiction. Time travel Fiction.
Genre/Form: Fantasy fiction.
Topical Term: Witches
Women historians
Vampires
Science and magic
Time travel
LCCN: 2014004495
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Jul 28, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It's been a time waiting for this to come out but it was worth the wait. Less draggy than its predecessor and everything, and I mean literally everything, comes back and is dealt with and/or explained. Sometimes that got really overwhelming, I almost wished for a family tree in the back or something since it has been some time since I read the previous book and could have done with a bit of reminding about who everyone was. Some minor stories probably didn't need the attention that they were given but it was nice that they were there. Another thing I found jarring was the POV jumps and the tense changing. There were a few times I had no idea who was speaking until a bit down the page. Those are my only qualms as the book itself brings everything full circle and it is a great ending to a trilogy that I am still surprised that I like.

This long-awaited book, I find, is quite complicated. The story of the Congregation is hard to follow as well as the tangle of the blood-lines of all three creatures.

Also, there is way too much explanation of past occurrences, so readers who have not looked at the 2 previous novels can understand what is going on. This plot device slows up the action and makes the story very heavy.

But, all in all, this last of the trilogy of Diana and Matthew is a triumph for the author, who, incidentally, considered becoming a college administrator! Glad she took another path.

Book 3 of All Souls Trilogy

A Discovery of Witches is one of my all time favorite books. :) I hope the library acquires more than one copy of the last book in the trilogy.

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