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The Book of Life - Deborah Harkness

The Book of Life

By Deborah Harkness

  • Release Date: 2014-07-15
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 4,058 Ratings


The #1 New York Times bestselling series finale--sequel to A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night, that sets up Time's Convert.
Look for the hit TV series “A Discovery of Witches” airing Sundays on AMC and BBC America, and streaming on Sundance Now and Shudder.
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.


  • Loved all three books

    By nfort001
    Fantastic series, coundnt put them down.
  • More

    By boi4343424242;232
    Wish it would have continued to know more about the children and how they grew up and into which creatures.
  • A discovery

    By Fiona Lily
    I was enchanted by the Trilogy! The only thing I didn’t like was that it ended. Brilliant!
  • The tv-show is way better ^_^

    By RN I kinda hate U all
    I’m torn but it gets five stars either way. Love the beginning and the first chapters go by quick but then there are frigging long descriptions and frankly encounters with characters that slow down the whole thing and makes it rather boring..pedantic:-/ honestly I read diligently till they are going to look for TJ Weston but then I skimmed through couldn’t bear anymore those pointless and lifeless chapters.. went straight where the action was. This to say it would have probably worked better with ten, fifteen chapter less and if the book was too thin it would have probably been better suited for a single novel or one plus its sequel not a trilogy though... I’m glad the tv-show isn’t boring as the book, kudos to the screenplay’s writers for adapting and cutting unnecessary characters and events..I’m very looking forward to the third and last season I bought the book (and audiobook too in an attempt to keep my enthusiasm high..) only for this reason.. had season three been out I would’ve not bought the book at all- sorry..
  • A great end to a great series

    By Frustratededed
    I loved this book as much as the first two. Very entertaining and easy to read.
  • Thrilling

    By Kent the Great
    This book is thrilling and exciting. I loved reading it and it was perfect while under quarantine.
  • Just finished reading the entire series

    By Jesshende
    Where do I begin? The first two books I absolutely loved. They were very well written. The romance, magic and history was very educational. A lot of what this author wrote was very accurate in the pagan world as well as in the 16th century. I loved the build up to book 3. When I opened book three I was so excited to see Diana utterly destroy her enemies but, it seemed to be rushed and there wasn’t much of a fight scene. I was waiting for annihilation and what I got was words and a little magic. I also didn’t understand why she was able to hold the Book of Life in the 16th century without it being absorbed into her body. When she went back to her time and got the book, all of its knowledge and power became Diana’s as her absorbed it this time. And I don’t like how we were left hanging with Gallowglass. He was my favorite character and I’m sorry he didn’t get a better outcome.
  • Love this book!

    By lisin28
    It was a great conclusion to the trio of stories! I enjoyed it very much!
  • Review: All Souls Trilogy 3: The Book of Life

    By LisaHines711
    The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness is the third and final book in her All Souls Trilogy . The sensationally magical story of an American witch with no desire for her powers and the centuries old vampire that irrevocably changes her life. Diana Bishop just spent months in the 17th century preparing herself for the battle to come once they return to the 21st century. Learning she is a weaver and all that entails was an arduous journey for both Matthew and Diana but the battle for the book of life is going to happen and they are as prepared as they will ever be. Picking up long lost friends along the way and learning that those they left behind may not always stay in the past, this book is the culmination of months and months of preparation and while it has a happy ending it is hard won. The changes that Diana manages to make changing the old thought processes of static vampire thinking and the closed off attitude of the witches is beyond miraculous and this book was the perfect ending to the trilogy. Addictive! This series is quite possibly as addictive as Matthew's attraction to Diana! Now also a wonderful TV series on Sundance Channel, I was blown away with how entranced I was with these characters. The main characters, the secondary characters, the world-building. Definitely one of my best reads of 2019! Enjoy!
  • Incredible

    By Kothompson2
    I never review books but this one and the whole series was fascinating. Well done