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The Book Of Life: A Novel

by Deborah Harkness

Viking Adult | July 15, 2014 | Hardcover

The Book Of Life: A Novel is rated 4.7692 out of 5 by 13.
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 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.
 
With more than one million copies sold in the United States and appearing in thirty-eight foreign editions, 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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 576 pages, 9.33 × 6.38 × 1.77 in

Published: July 15, 2014

Publisher: Viking Adult

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670025593

ISBN - 13: 9780670025596

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book A great read. Hard to put the book down. Hope to see a sequel of the twins
Date published: 2014-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from outstanding An extremely satisfactory ending to a story that I found hard to put down. Putting the book down was like saying goodbye to good friends.
Date published: 2014-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good ending to the trilogy This final book was a great revelation of the family secrets and ties up,all loose ends. Imtoomwould like to read about the twins in another series.
Date published: 2014-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Read! I couldn't wait for this third book in the series of the 'Discovery of Witches', and it didn't disappoint me. Book of Life is every bit as good and eventful as the first two and I certainly hope it really isn't the last in this series as I'd love to learn what happens with the 'twins' as they grow and develop.
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very involving read I have been waiting for this book for a year. It was so worth it!
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 stars aren't enough! Deborah Harkness has crafted a fitting and beautiful ending to her All Souls Trilogy with this book. Combining history, romance, otherworldly creatures, politics and a great deal of magic, "The Book of Life" brings the thrill ride of the trilogy to a close with a bang. It's a story about how we are much more alike than different, family ties and interactions, how our friends can still surprise us, how lies can harm us and how loyalty and love can bring the most amazing people into your circle of close relationships. This is a book that benefits most from having read the previous two chapters in the story - having read them, I can't say how well this holds up on its own. But, the whole trilogy is worth reading, so start with "A Discovery of Witches" and find yourself in a newly defined world. Bravo!
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A satisfying ending I loved this trilogy and this third book kept me guessing until the end. I am happy to say that while reading I found myself hoping for certain things to happen or not happen and Deborah created a storyline that was not predicable so kept me turning pages from cover to cover. I thought it was a very satisfying end to the story of Matthew
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent!!!! OMG, continued perfectly from the last 2 books... At first thought I might forget some of the characters but remembered so quickly once I opened it up... I actually had another book on the go when this one arrived and I dropped it and opened this and read it in 2 days... Very very fun read... made me laugh and cry! D.H, I will read whatever you have coming next!
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Love This Book!!! I love books, I love all books, the way they smell when old or new, the way i feel when i bring them home and find places for them on my shelves, and of course the way I feel the first time I open them to start a new story. I have waited for this book like all other All Souls fans, watching the days crawl closer until I could get my hnds on it. But wouldnt you know the minute it came to my door, the minute I ripped it from the box I just couldnt open it. I couldnt start the story, I knew that one I started it I wouldnt be able to stop, and I knew that like only one other series I have read that once it was over I would never have that feeling again. I would know the ending to the story, I would have to admit to myself that it was over. If I never read or never finished it I would always have it (Schroedingers Cat type of thing). Finally though I cracked it open and devoured it like a man in the desert devours the last canteen of water he has, slowly and with relish. Harkness has a way wth words, a way that goes straight to your heart. This book made me cry so many ties, from happiness, from memories of my own life it pulled from me and because yes some times it was heart breaking. Matthew and Diana arae 2 of the most well written, realised characters I have ever read!What I would give to sit with them in the library at Sept Tours. This story takes the readerr on journey and at the end of that journey you will want to close the book and race to find the first book and start it again! I know thats what I want to do. It waws a quicker read then the other two. At least in my opinion. The story was so well laid out in the previous 2 books that this one just flowed. I didnt need to close it and look up a definition or peice of art online. I felt like I was there. I dont want to talk about the actual story as I hope that others will experience this book and series the way I have. All i will say in closing is that some books, characters, places and authors leave a mark on you, they touch you and you know you wont ever forget them. This is true, this book has left something on me both literally and figurativly. I had black smudges and green glitter on my hands from gripping it tight for multiple hours at a time. It is the marks on my soull as a reader that will remain for a long long time even after I have put this book back on the shelf to take a rest until the next time I need to escape to a love story and more a family story for a time.
Date published: 2014-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Love This Book!!! I love books, I love all books, the way they smell when old or new, the way i feel when i bring them home and find places for them on my shelves, and of course the way I feel the first time I open them to start a new story. I have waited for this book like all other All Souls fans, watching the days crawl closer until I could get my hnds on it. But wouldnt you know the minute it came to my door, the minute I ripped it from the box I just couldnt open it. I couldnt start the story, I knew that one I started it I wouldnt be able to stop, and I knew that like only one other series I have read that once it was over I would never have that feeling again. I would know the ending to the story, I would have to admit to myself that it was over. If I never read or never finished it I would always have it (Schroedingers Cat type of thing). Finally though I cracked it open and devoured it like a man in the desert devours the last canteen of water he has, slowly and with relish. Harkness has a way wth words, a way that goes straight to your heart. This book made me cry so many ties, from happiness, from memories of my own life it pulled from me and because yes some times it was heart breaking. Matthew and Diana arae 2 of the most well written, realised characters I have ever read!What I would give to sit with them in the library at Sept Tours. This story takes the readerr on journey and at the end of that journey you will want to close the book and race to find the first book and start it again! I know thats what I want to do. It waws a quicker read then the other two. At least in my opinion. The story was so well laid out in the previous 2 books that this one just flowed. I didnt need to close it and look up a definition or peice of art online. I felt like I was there. I dont want to talk about the actual story as I hope that others will experience this book and series the way I have. All i will say in closing is that some books, characters, places and authors leave a mark on you, they touch you and you know you wont ever forget them. This is true, this book has left something on me both literally and figurativly. I had black smudges and green glitter on my hands from gripping it tight for multiple hours at a time. It is the marks on my soull as a reader that will remain for a long long time even after I have put this book back on the shelf to take a rest until the next time I need to escape to a love story and more a family story for a time.
Date published: 2014-07-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Were the other reviewers reading the same book as I was? I loved the first book and liked the second book of this trilogy but was very disapointed when reading this third installment, after waiting a long while for it to be published, I pre-ordered the book and waited impatiently for it to arrive. Upon finishing I found that the story line was disjointed and irratic. I also felt that there were far too many characters. It was as if every single character introduced in her other novels had to appear in this third book. The story felt......well, cluttered would be the best word. The plot was all over the place and the main characters seemed to jump around a lot without much reason. The plot seemed haphazard and jumbled. Overall I was glad I read this book to complete the trilogy, but if this had been book #1 in the series I would not have ready anymore. I gave the book three stars as it was nice to reconnect with Diana and Matthew, however I would not recommend this book to my friends or family.
Date published: 2014-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ENGAGING READ!! This book does not disappoint!! I could not put the book down for very long before I was picking it up again telling myself only ONE more page as yet another chapter flew by!! If you are a fan of this series, READ THIS BOOK!!
Date published: 2014-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was near perfect! A great end to Diana and Matthew's story. This novel was so worth the wait. I read it from cover to cover on my Kobo the day of release. If you're a fan of the series, you'll love this book.
Date published: 2014-07-18

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The Book Of Life: A Novel

by Deborah Harkness

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 576 pages, 9.33 × 6.38 × 1.77 in

Published: July 15, 2014

Publisher: Viking Adult

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670025593

ISBN - 13: 9780670025596

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Sol in Cancer The signe of the Crabbe pertains to houses, lands, treasures, and whatever is hidden. It is the fourth house of the Zodiak. It signifies death and the end of thinges. —Anonymous English Commonplace Book, c. 1590, Gonçalves MS 4890, f. 8r Ghosts didn’t have much substance. All they were composed of was memories and heart. Atop one of Sept-Tours’ round towers, Emily Mather pressed a diaphanous hand against the spot in the center of her chest that even now was heavy with dread. Does it ever get easier? Her voice, like the rest of her, was almost imperceptible. The watching? The waiting? The knowing? Not that I’ve noticed, Philippe de Clermont replied shortly. He was perched nearby, studying his own transparent fingers. Of all the things Philippe disliked about being dead—the inability to touch his wife, Ysabeau; his lack of smell or taste; the fact that he had no muscles for a good sparring match—invisibility topped the list. It was a constant reminder of how inconsequential he had become. Emily’s face fell, and Philippe silently cursed himself. Since she’d died, the witch had been his constant companion, cutting his loneliness in two. What was he thinking, barking at her as if she were a servant? Perhaps it will be easier when they don’t need us anymore, Philippe said in a gentler tone. He might be the more experienced ghost, but it was Emily who understood the metaphysics of their situation. What the witch h
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From the Publisher

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 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.
 
With more than one million copies sold in the United States and appearing in thirty-eight foreign editions, 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.

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. She lives in Los Angeles.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Book of Life “Weaving an extraordinarily rich story of magic and science, history and fiction, passion and power, secrets and truths, Harkness delivers an unforgettable and spellbinding finale that''s not to be missed.” —USA Today “Juicy and action-packed . . . Even at 561 pages, this is one hardcover no one will mind lugging to the beach.” —People “Pure escapist summer fun.” —Jodi Picoult,  Parade “The epic and erudite vampire-witch romance comes to a thoroughly satisfying conclusion in the action-packed All Souls trilogy ender.” —Entertainment Weekly “A stirring, poignant saga.” —Us Weekly “The charm in Deborah Harkness’s wildly successful All Souls trilogy lies not merely in the spells that its creature characters cast as they lurk pretty much in plain sight of humans, but in the adroit way Harkness has insinuated her world of demons, witches, and vampires into ours. . . . From the novel’s poignant opening, Harkness casts her own indelible spell of enchantment, heartbreak, and resilience. . . . She is terrific at bringing her magic world to life, maintaining a fast-paced, page-turning narrative.” —The Boston Globe “This trilogy is a superlative example in a subgenre you could call realistic fantasy—think Harry Potter but for grown-ups or Susanna Clarke’s  Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell . Witches, vampires, and da
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