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The Book of Life: (All Souls 3) (utgåvan 2001)

av Deborah Harkness (Författare)

Serier: 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"--… (mer)
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Titel:The Book of Life: (All Souls 3)
Författare:Deborah Harkness (Författare)
Info:Headline Book Publishing (2001)
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Ugh -- glad to finally finish plowing through...Ok, probably my own fault for not re-reading #2, but keeping up and catching up with all the characters was exhausting, not to mention trying to make sense of all the vampire protocol (sire vs. father and all the tangled "family" connections) AND all the DNA mumbo jumbo. And where was her editor? the jump around from place to place and third person narrrator to first without warning made this book seem hurried (to publish) and amateurish compared to the first 2. But my biggest complaint was how contrived the plot was. Of course the villain shows up just when things seem peachy (cue the evil music) and continues to pop up when the characters least expect it, and the reader most. If it weren't the last in a trilogy, I would have added this to my "bailed" list. But the ending is less than satisfying and almost begs for #4,(which I won't read) ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
The third book in the All Souls Trilogy is by far the most entertaining—full of humor and intrigue. Matthew and Diana, who is now pregnant with twins, time-walk back to present-day Step-Tours where tragedy awaits. But that's just the beginning. As the search for the Book of Life and a cure of the vampire's blood rage ramps up, a brilliant scientist named Chris Roberts, an old friend and colleague of Diana's, turns up and offers his help. Chris's lab is full of scientific advancements. I almost felt like I needed to take a molecular biology class to keep up. Then, when Matthew leaves on a quest to form a new scion, the loyal Gallowglass is left to protect Diana. I love Gallowglass. He's such a hunk—he can carry my books anytime. And it's so cute how he calls Diana Auntie, even though he's hopelessly in love with her. The action is non-stop as the babies are born, the Congregation is dealt with, and the monster, Benjamin Fox, if finally subdued. In the end, the discovery that all creatures are a mix—some even part human—is something that relates to modern times where, even now, tensions over racial inequality runs high.

I was sorry to read the last page but will take away many things from the All Souls Trilogy. Amount them, a higher respect for ancient history, old books and manuscripts, and the study of science. But since the books are primarily an epic love story between the vampire, Matthew de Clermont, and the witch, Diana Bishop, I will also consider the notion that love—no matter how dangerous and difficult to obtain—is always worth the struggle. ( )
  PaulaGalvan | Sep 9, 2020 |
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  5083mitzi | Jul 22, 2020 |
I initially rated this novel four stars after a marathon reading session. However, waiting until the next day to write a review I realized that there were some overall problems with this novel that resulted me in giving this just 3 stars.

First off, I loved the first novel in this series, "A Discovery of Witches." I still loved the second novel, "Shadow of Night' but thought that several hundred pages should have been cut from that novel. Deborah Harkness is a historian and at times you just got lost in all of the minutiae detail that she included. It is great for a thesis paper on Elizabethan times, not that great to read in a novel.

"Book of Life" takes places after all of the events in book two. We have Diana Bishop and her husband and mate Matthew Clairmont back in the present day after spending time in Elizabethan England for Diana to learn how to use her magic and grow stronger. Diana is pregnant with twins. Diana and Matthew fear for their friends and families safety and are doing whatever is needed in order to put Ashmole 782 back together.

Overall I liked this book and thought it was an above average read but not a great read for me. The reason why is that several things just did not work for me.

First, whenever Diana was speaking it was in the first person but then it would shift to third person for everyone else. That was maddening to me and I honestly don't get why Ms. Harkness chose to do that. It kept yanking me out of the story to go from being in Diana's head and then randomly it would shift to third person perspective. Frankly to make this a stronger novel it should have been told from first person from Diana and Matthew's point of views.

Second, Diana is still way too wishy-washy a character for me to deal with. There comes a point in the novel when Diana and Matthew have to be separate and she just sits around and practically wails about it. Also all readers know how strong Diana is but she is still reluctant to use her powers to kill someone who was quite ready to kill someone that she cares about. I feel like we had to deal with a similar situation in "A Discovery of Witches" and to have it re-played with different players did not make it any more palatable now. Also the character of Diana's voice has changed. If you read book one, two, and then this one she does not sound like quite the same character anymore. One could argue that due to the events in book one and two of course she would be altered, but I don't know how else to say it besides her voice was different to me. I re-read book one and two this past weekend to just refresh my memory and reading all of these books back to back like this I have to say that she feels like a totally different character.

Third, I can honestly say Deborah Harkness trying to explain through Diana how she uses her magic was just confusing. Mentioning threads, colors, etc. was just too much. I had a vague idea of what Diana's magic was supposed to look like but was still plenty baffled by it.

Fourth, once again the entire purpose of these three novels was to put Ashmole 782 back together to find out what is so important about that book. Don't expect to anyone even doing anything about that until the very end of this novel. Once again be prepared to be forced to read a lot about vampire politics and other issues related to them. Which brings back my point that having this told from Matthew's point of view would have made the novel stronger. Reading about vampire politics from Diana's not great understanding started to drive me batty (pun intended).

Fifth, the ending of the novel about what was in the Book of Life was pretty much a let down. I guessed this in book one and for Diana to act like this was a secret that would change the world I was a bit baffled by it. Readers will already be aware of the great big secret that changed the world if you just go back and read the first novel. I felt like I was reading Dan Brown's "Lost Symbol" again and ending up disappointed when I found out about the book that would change the world.

The way the ending of the novel is left I could definitely see some follow-up books set in this world with just different characters.

I would recommend to all fans of Deborah Harkness who want to find out what happens to Diana and Matthew. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
All things considered, I read this book in something of a whirlwind, and will likely reread the entire trilogy again over the coming summer (or early next fall, these seem to me quite like fall reads) in order to get a better grasp of the finish to such a wonderful trilogy. I'll likely go back and edit these reviews as they come, but needless to say: I was not disappointed.

I'll be brief for the sake of time tonight, but Harkness not only got me interested in vampires - anyone who knows my usual taste in literature will know what a Herculean feat that is! - but in love with the lore of their world, as well as reinventing the lore of witches, daemons, and other creatures that live alongside humans. There was plenty to be done in this final book, I believe that's part of why it was a fast read. Could it have been longer, and would I have enjoyed that? Absolutely. However, I believe the unanswered questions and curiosities make the world seem all the more alive, as though I could go to an island in Venice and find Diana freshly haggling with the Congregation.

Hopefully, she's getting their heads out of their asses, and Becca and Philip will grow up to be the strong, interesting, curious, passionate people that their (impossible) parents very much seemed to be in these books: the fact that I can say this all in the present tense, as though they nearly truly exist, I hope speaks for itself. ( )
  priorfictions | Jun 24, 2020 |
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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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