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The Book of Life (All Souls) (edition 2014)

by Deborah Harkness (Author)

Series: All Souls (3)

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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"--… (more)
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Title:The Book of Life (All Souls)
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Info:Viking (2014), Edition: 1st, 561 pages
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The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

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    The Witching Hour by Anne Rice (vwinsloe)
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Harkness, Deborah. The Book of Life. All Souls No. 3. Viking Adult, 2014.
In The Book of Life, the book, a.k.a. Ashmole 782, is finally reassembled in a most unusual way. The villains are dealt with after a good deal of trouble, the babies are born, the fire dragon is dealt with, and Matthew and Diana, back in their own time, finally resolve their power-sharing issues and resolve some serious political squabbles. The alchemical formula is complete: sex, violence, and the paranormal, with a little history tossed in for flavor. Demons still get short shrift. The book could be 50 pages shorter, but Deborah Harkness gives her readers just what they crave. I also appreciate the detail that Ashmole 782 is an actual manuscript that has been missing from the Bodleian library for years. Four stars for satisfying expectations. ( )
  Tom-e | Jul 17, 2021 |
While this book as well as the previous one were too long and overly convoluted with far too many named characters, her world-building was fantastic, and the story is terrifically imaginative. ( )
  MuggleBorn930 | Jul 11, 2021 |
/sigh. ( )
  TaraF | Mar 16, 2021 |
To say I got frustrated with this series repeatedly would be an understatement - but the payoff is pretty nifty. ( )
  wetdryvac | Mar 2, 2021 |
The final book in the trilogy......now I can go watch the show on Sundance! Can be somewhat graphic with some of the “torture” that occurs, not offensively. The author really does. Great job painting a vivid picture. Ended a bit abruptly. Wonder if we will find out more about this amazing couple! ( )
  XtieHere | Feb 1, 2021 |
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Het zijn niet de sterkste soorten die overleven, en ook niet de intelligentste. Het is de soort die het beste reageert op veranderingen

- Philippe de Clermont, dikwijls toegeschreven aan Charles Darwin
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
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For Karen, who knows why
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Ghosts didn't have much substance.
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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"--

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The highly anticipated finale to the All Souls 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.

All Souls trilogy
Book 1: A Discovery of Witches
Book 2: Shadow of Night
Book 3: The Book of Life

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