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The Book of Life

Harkness, Deborah E. (Book - 2014 )
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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
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
Copyright Date: ♭2014
Subject Headings: Witches Fiction. Women historians Fiction. Vampires Fiction. Science and magic Fiction. Time travel Fiction.
Genre/Form: Fantasy fiction.
Love stories.
Topical Term: Witches
Women historians
Vampires
Science and magic
Time travel
LCCN: 2014004495
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Aug 31, 2014
  • jlmerkle rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great end to a fun trilogy.

Aug 19, 2014
  • sandraperkins rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love these books! The characters are engaging, and the plot is fascinating and compelling. I love that a USC history professor has written these wonderful best-selling novels featuring witches, vampires and daemons (and plenty of history, science and art history). The level of detail is amazing; is Deborah Harkness reporting the true story of these creatures who live among us? That could explain a lot! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the trilogy, and plan to re-read all three books when time permits.

Aug 13, 2014
  • BlueHippo rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I did not enjoy this book as much as the first two. I found it was detailed in places to the point of minutia and it did not move as quickly. However, I did enjoy the overall story and the conclusion of the saga. I must say that I really did not like the characters. Diana, the heroine, comes across as needy. She is always sick or distressed about something. Everyone is always taking care of her. Matthew is this big hunk of a vampire and yet is brought to his knees when he is separated from her. Just not traits I can admire in characters.

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

Mar 10, 2014
  • GinnyAnn rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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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.

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

"To every question I have ever had, or will have, you are the answer."

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

Diana - "Who moved the damn bad?"
Sarah - "Matthew did."
Matthew - "I did no such thing."
Sarah - "In labor we blame absolutely everything on the husband. It keeps the mother from developing homicidal fantasies and reminds the men they aren't the center of attention."

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

"No fangs either. And one last thing: I do not, nor have I ever, sparkled."

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

Chris - "Where were you?"
Diana - "In 1590."
Chris - "Did you get any research done? I suppose that would cause all kinds of citation problems. What would you put in your footnotes? 'Personal conversation with William Shakespeare'?"
Diana - "I never met Shakespeare. Matthew's friends didn't approve of him. I did meet the queen."
Chris - "Even better. Equally impossible to footnote, however."

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

"Ah, yes, the elusive right moment. It never comes, Diana. Sometimes we just have to throw caution to the wind and trust the people we love."

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

"What do you think I have been doing all this while? Crocheting blankets in case you came home with babies and weeping about your absence?"

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

"And if we all did what we should, we would wake to find ourselves in paradise."

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