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The Book of Life - Deborah Harkness

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Published: 15th July 2014
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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 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.

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 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 daemons exist, along with time travel. But this world also is recognizably ours, not a wholly made-up setting like George R.R. Martin's Westeros. When done well, as it is here, this sort of fiction provides characters who are recognizably human in their desires and actions even if most of them are creatures with supernatural powers. Through them Harkness succeeds at the hardest part of writing fantasy: She makes this world so real that you believe it exists--or at the very least that you wish that it did.""--Miami Herald" "Harkness has immersed and spellbound readers with her alternative universe. . . . Her ambitious melding of scientific and historical detail is inventive and brings surprising depth. . . . "The Book of Life" brims with sensuality, intrigue, violen

ISBN: 9780670025596
ISBN-10: 0670025593
Series: All Souls Trilogy
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 561
Published: 15th July 2014
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 16.3  x 4.8
Weight (kg): 0.84