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The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy #3)

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  21,107 ratings  ·  3,454 reviews
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 excep...more
Hardcover, 561 pages
Published July 15th 2014 by Viking Adult (first published July 1st 2014)
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Jul 14, 2014 Lyndi marked it as to-read
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.
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
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, somethi...more
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...more
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"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...more
Jan 09, 2014 Kari marked it as to-read
*****************UPDATE 01/09/2014*****************
We have a cover & excerpt!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Eeeeeeek, I’m so freaking excited!!!!!!
Just 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...more
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...more
Sue (YAHollywood)
Review also posted at Young Adult Hollywood.

In this final conclusion of All Souls trilogy, Diana and Matthew return 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 countless of times, I can quote it with my eyes closed, but really don’t take my word for i...more
WOW... The wait was worth it!!!!
This was a captivating book...
I think... The end is only the beginning because...
I need this book Like today!!!!...
omg omg faints!
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 nigh...more
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...more
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 this book did not tie up any loose ends, answer any questions, or really provide any satisfaction for the build-up of the previous two novels.

A few of my main concerns:

Ashmole 782? (view spoiler)...more
Elizabeth Canady
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
Jennifer Davis
Aug 09, 2013 Jennifer Davis marked it as to-read
Please update the Deborah Harkness website with some new info about the All Souls Trilogy! Ready to read Book 3!
Dec 26, 2012 Ashley added it
This needs to come out NOW

Bet you never thought you'd see Jay-Z in a review for "The Book of Life"! Anyway...

3.5 Stars. I liked it (overall...I 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 star

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 undoubtedly. In fact...more
Stephanie Swint
(Release Date July 15, 2014)

Where to start, where to start, where to start....well, let's start at the beginning. This is the third and final installment of the 'All Souls Trilogy' by Deborah Harkness. If you have not read 'Discovery of Witches' that is where this beautiful group of books begins. If you have read it, you may have loved it, or possibly came away a little lukewarm due to the hype surrounding it. I enjoyed 's Discovery of Witches' and badgered quite a few like-minded people until t...more
Georgia ♥ Team Dex ♥
4 Please Don't Let it Be the End Stars

It began with a Discovery of Witches or a witch in particular...
Then a Shadow passed and it forever changed the Night...
Now the Book of Life opens and nothing will be the same.


"If you truly love someone, you will cherish what they despise most about themselves."


I am borrowing the words of Fernando to start putting into words my feelings as I turned the last page of The Book of Life and realised that my journey in this series that spanned eons and times, spe...more
Carys Davies
Dec 29, 2012 Carys Davies marked it as to-read
Shelves: need-to-read
I loved the first 2 books. Don't know how much longer I can't wait for book 3!!!!
Long wait for a disappointing #3. Perhaps it was just too long between books, It seemed to take an age to get back up to speed on the convoluted story lines and relationships.

However, let's be honest, the real attraction all along has been Matthew and Diana's sexy, simmering connection - yet now they're married and very pregnant = their relationship is now reduced to parental roles and responsibilities. Blech,

It could be argued that some women find overprotective husbands sexy. I'm not one of...more
Dec 04, 2012 Redd marked it as to-read
Impatiently tapping fingers.....
Jaime Arkin
I’ve been waiting patiently for this book for what seems like forever. When I saw it at BEA I flailed and then found myself waiting in a line I wasn’t expecting to be in just so I could get it into my greedy hands.

This is the final book in the All Souls Trilogy and ultimately when I turned the last page I was happy with the story Deb Harkness gave us readers and fans.

There is very little I can tell you about this installment without spoiling this for you, so I’m going to keep this short and sw...more
Raymond Ow
I have just finished an advance copy of this book. I was really looking forward to reading it and have been anticipating the arrival of this copy for ages.

I was a little let down by the story line. Don't get me wrong, it is a good story but there were quite a few parts of the story that just doesn't flow. It is very hard to explain without spoilers. I would just say I was pretty let down at how fast Diana told the new characters (that Deborah introduced) her little secret. It just does not make...more
Khamneithang Vaiphei
The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness is the third and final book in the All Souls Trilogy, following the earlier two books in the series - A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night. After two years of impatient but excited wait, witch Diana Bishop, also a historian, and vampire Matthew Clairmont, who is also her husband and a scientist, return from the past to the present to continue their all-important search for the crucial but long-missing pages of Ashmole 782, an enchanted alchemical manusc...more
Branwen *Blaidd Drwg*
"Do not refuse me because I am dark and shadowed. As I am the end, so my lover is the beginning. I encompass the whole work of creation, and all knowledge is hidden in me..."

In this third and final book in the All Souls trilogy, witch Diana and vampire Matthew return to their present day lives to finish solving the mystery of the book called Ashmole 782, otherwise known as the book of life. Families are strengthened, love is tested and deepened, and past deeds and their consequences are brought...more
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