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The Book of Life

The Book of Life The highly anticipated finale to the New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with A Discovery of WitchesAfter traveling through time in Shadow of Night the second book in Deborah Harkness s e

  • Title: The Book of Life
  • Author: Deborah Harkness
  • ISBN: 9781472214584
  • Page: 216
  • Format: Paperback
  • The highly anticipated finale to the 1 New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with A Discovery of WitchesAfter 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 hoThe highly anticipated finale to the 1 New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with A Discovery of WitchesAfter traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness s enchant ing 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 re unite 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 miss ing pages takes on even urgency In the tril ogy 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 knowl edge 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 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 Harkness s legion of fans, The Book of Life brings this superbly written series to a deeply satisfying close.

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. I'm disappointed that so many people are refusing to read this book because it's taken so long to come out. Shit happens that pushes publication dates back. Lots of shit happens. And some of you guys are acting like it's a personal affront and the author is just trying to piss you off. You're acting like children. No wonder authors hate reviewers. The book hasn't even come out yet and you're already talking trash.

    3. I am looking forward to this novel with much anticipation and joy. To all the naysayers and fair weather fans out there, I have a few things to say to you. 1) D.H. is a novelist. While she may blog and update frequently, she must not be treated as an on demand writer. As a reader, it is hard to wait but novelists should be regarded for what they do so well. Let's not treat our dear author as a blogger or fan fictionist.2) Waiting is part of being a reader. JK Rowling also made readers wait and H [...]

    4. I guess the good news about Deborah Harkness’s The Book of Life is I didn’t throw it across the room in disgust. I couldn't—it's too damn dumb to make me angry. Mostly I shook my head in bewilderment at the overwhelming idiocy. This last book in the trilogy is pretty much the same as the first two: excessive details, wandering plot lines, horrible pacing, paper-thin characters, and fang-less boring vampires. When I finished reading all 561 pages, I thought: what the fuck. How can something [...]

    5. While I enjoyed this book, I felt it was very disjointed. I mean, don't get me wrong, I got into it, but I felt bothered by her lackadaisical approach to resolving the basic plot points of the world she created. Much like the last novel, I felt like the characters went and did things without rhyme or reason, often inexplicably ignoring the things they should do, to go and drink wine somewhere else. After more than 1500 pages, I felt like she didn't invest much in the climax either-which really, [...]

    6. "If you truly love someone, you will cherish what they despise most about themselves."My Diana and Matthew:Similarly as its predecessors, The Book of Life is another thoughtful and thrilling page-turner. In this final instalment, author will take you on a thought-provoking journey woven into a beautiful paranormal tale that will awaken your imagination and appease even the most demanding readers.All The de Clermonts (and Bishops) are back in present time, together with their never-ending web of [...]

    7. I'm truly shocked that this book recieved such great reviews. Ms. Harkness still spins a great tale, but I thought the whole of this novel was poorly constructed and lacking substance. The conclusions were tenuous stretches at best and she had a lot of trouble tying everything up at the end given the complexities she'd introduced. As a result of her difficulties (and profitability), it's quite clear from this book that there will be additional novels to join what was to be a 3-book series. This [...]

    8. Re-read 12/18/17Much of all the esoteric stuff I loved from the first read was just as enjoyable the second time around, but this time I focused more on the people and the relationships a bit more.Ben, for example, was something of a mystery and less a bogeyman. I may have gotten a bit annoyed with the babies this time, all the focus on them, but to each their own when it comes to that. And then there was a few slow parts that annoyed me but not by much. There was enough really fantastic stuff g [...]

    9. Update June 2017: Upon further ruminations on where the story could have gone, I assembled an alternative ending. (Not a story -- just a synopsis of what would have made me feel better.) Go to the spoiler at the end of the review to read.Update September 2016: I have thought about it some more, and I am still mad about it.What just happened?I threw this book across the room when I finished reading it. I was so disappointed. I adored A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night, but I feel like thi [...]

    10. You can win The Book of Life's paperback, All Souls trilogy swags and Diana's commonplace book in Young Adult Hollywood.In this final conclusion of All Souls trilogy, Diana and Matthew returns to the present time. In Sept-Tours, they reunite with their family, and together, they’ll face the threat of danger, and search for the missing last pages of Ashmole 782.It’s always a sob-fest to see one of your favorite series come to an end. I’ve read A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night coun [...]

    11. This book was flat out boring and a disappointing end to the series. I realized that the series lost it's charm when I was mid way through the book and basically nothing had happened to further the overall story from the previous two books. The book is written in a mix of first person from Diana's POV and will randomly jump to third person, gets annoying rather quickly. The menagerie of forgettable characters gets in the way of the overall story. This book felt like Twilight for adults, smotheri [...]

    12. *****************UPDATE 01/09/2014*****************We have a cover & excerpt!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Eeeeeeek, I’m so freaking excited!!!!!!usatoday/story/life/boJust read the excerpt & it gave me chills, CANNOT FREAKING WAIT!!!!!*************Update 11/26/2013***********************Some pre-order updates for THE BOOK OF LIFE. The Nook edition of THE BOOK OF LIFE is now up for pre-order in the US on Barnes & Noble. You can find it by searching under my name and the title. B&N does not yet [...]

    13. I had a moment's panic when I started this book because there were so many characters everywhere and I didn't remember any of them! But I persevered and many of them disappeared never to be seen again. The rest fell into place and their identities became apparent. Matthew and Diana however seem to have had character transplants. Overnight they have changed from young lovers to old fuddy duddies and I barely knew them any more. They also spent the entire book overreacting to every event and rushi [...]

    14. WOW The wait was worth it!!!!This was a captivating bookI think The end is only the beginning because ************************************************I need this book Like today!!!!g omg faints!

    15. Ok. Ugh. Sigh. Ok. Here's my issue: the first book in this trilogy was SO GREAT, in no small part because I felt like I KNEW Matthew and Diana. There were goings on, and plot , but those things served to further tell me about the characters. In Shadow of Night, and even more so in The Book of Life, the characters exist solely as pawns to move the plot points along. It wasn't until the end of this book that I really felt like we got back to Diana's voice, that this was her story. Also, I feel lik [...]

    16. This marks the conclusion of the All Souls trilogy and I couldn't be happier. From the first book on, this had become my new favourite story about witches and other supernatural creatures.In this third volume, Diana and Matthew are home from their timewalk in the past. They had to leave loved ones behind, which is never easy, and had to discover that disaster had struck in their original timeline as well. Not to mention that Diana is pregnant (with twins no less!) and the enemies are closing in [...]

    17. 4.25 stars"It begins with A Discovery of Witches"Between the absinthe-green covers of this tome lies the final chapter of the All Souls Trilogy, where we find Diana and Matthew still on their search for the elusive Book of Life.Bound in the blood, skin, and hair of daemons, witches, and vampires, the Book of Life is an allegorical alchemical text detailing the history of the three races (henceforth collectively known as the "Bright Born"). Also known as "Ashmole 782" (which sounds like a nightcl [...]

    18. A Discovery of Witches, Book I in the All Soul's Trilogy was fresh and creative, a great story. It had some flaws but all in all it was a well built world, an addition to the fictional realm of witch folklore for adults.Book II Shadow of Night was historical fiction, a name dropping time travel trip filled to the brim with characters from the Crusader states, the Kingdom of Jerusalem, the House of Austria, along with a British monarch and her noblemen. It reeked of elitism, classism, intellectua [...]

    19. I mean, let's face it, this is "Twilight" written by a college professor. The love scenes are embarrassing and clunky, but the archive scenes are hot. All those old books with their archival boxes slowly being removed and their parchment being stroked. The two main characters are tedious and unlikable, but since there are thousands of pages at our disposal, some of them have been filled with other characters you can like. At the end of the day, the plot didn't make a lot of damn sense, but who c [...]

    20. I finished “The Book of Life.” I held it for a moment longer (book-hugger admission), and then dear friends, I moved on. It’s not that I’m not still reeling – I am. Not from the supposed shocking finale, or the usual disappointment that follows a series’ conclusion. This time it was due to my gentle removal from novel-nirvana.I found no faults here. This fitting end to the trilogy was perfection. I loved every minute of it.As the reviews trickle in, I will be in good company undoubte [...]

    21. The third book of the trilogy, with a lot of threads to weave together, creatures to sort out, and battles to fight. Deborah Harkness does it all, and then some, with gasp-worthy moments on and off the battlefields that her vampires, witches, and daemons have to populate, and moments of sheer beauty. I am, simultaneously, well-satisfied, and sorry that the trilogy isn't (at least) a quartet. Wonderful, wondrous, magical, and excellent.I received an ARC from NetGalley. This is an honest review.

    22. Bet you never thought you'd see Jay-Z in a review for "The Book of Life"! Anyway3.5 Stars. I liked it (overallI am pretty sure), but I am going to apologize in advance because this review will most likely end up being a disorganized collection of my thoughts on this book and series, but after finishing it, I don't think I can write it any other way.First off, I would definitely recommend reading a wiki page about Book 2 in the trilogy before starting the third book. Let me explain - I started th [...]

    23. October 2017: Yep, this is still just as fantastic as the first time I read it. I loved the story and the ending and the everything. Now I’m ready for more books with Gallowglass, Miriam, and I could easily do with a million pages of Ysabeau. I’m going to have to reread these more often. Original reviewThis was absolute perfection. I felt there was a lot of loose ends that needed to be taken care of, so I wasn't sure what to expect. It definitely didn't disappoint. I don't want to say too mu [...]

    24. GR asks me, Wht did I think? Well1st read 2 stars2nd read 2.65 starsThird time lucky? Notching up to 3.85 StarsThis time I was better prepared for the useless and disappointing parts. And BR-ing it, helped me better to vent out anger and frustrations.P.S: I desperately pray for a book for Gallowglass. I sincerely hope she does write one else, I'l probably act like a crazy fan and send her emails to give us a story for that poor, awfully amazing charater.

    25. Please update the Deborah Harkness website with some new info about the All Souls Trilogy! Ready to read Book 3!

    26. While this book was engrossing despite itself, it was a frustrating book, at least for me. I am not sure why I feel the need to discuss this book, since there are so many frustrating books out there, but here goes It read as if less attention had been given it by the author than the first two in her trilogy. So frustrating when that kind of thing happens. It was like, in some ways, an outline of what it could have been, despite its 560 or so pages. There were so many times when I had to try to f [...]

    27. A disappointment, I'm very sorry to say2-1/2 stars, generously rounded to 3 in consideration of the previous 2 booksI was so looking forward to the publication of this, the final book in the All Souls trilogy. I reread books 1 & 2 this spring as I impatiently waited for Delivery Day. So I cannot tell you how disappointed I was when I finally got the chance to read The Book of Life.Perhaps the kindest way of explaining my response is that I COULD put this book down. It took me a week to finis [...]

    28. ALL SOULS TRILOGY ROCKS! I enjoyed the further adventures of Matthew and Diana - and all the witches, vampires, daemons that are searching for the Book of Life. The trials they go through to figure out DNA of creatures and warmbloods kept me interested and going until the reveal. I do hope the Bishop-Claimont scion story will continue as the babies grow and learn what and whom they are. There is more to tell of past lives - so many other tales that need to be told!Philippe and YsabeauGallowglass [...]

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