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The Book of Life: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy) (edição 2014)

por Deborah Harkness

Séries: 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"--… (mais)
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Título:The Book of Life: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy)
Autores:Deborah Harkness
Informação:Viking Adult (2014), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 576 pages
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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 |
Listened to audio narrated by Jennifer Ikeda.

This is the final book in the trilogy of witches, vampires and demons.

Matthew and Diana have returned from their time travelling trip to continue their search for Ashmole 782 and it's missing pages. All the while managing Diana's pregnancy and the threats against them.They go from being secretive to telling almost everyone about what's going on and it seems very odd when they split for a time. The split is explained but it doesn't seem to fit, it felt like it wasn't really part of the overall story.

I'm a bit conflicted by this story, it seems to go on forever and not in a good way. It's bogged down with excessive details about irrelevant things. The story TELLS us it's urgent they find Ashmole 782 and reunite the pages but the characters often seemed to get sidetracked with mundane, ordinary events. It's almost a year from the time they return from the past to when they reunite the pages. Lots of distractions and then the ugliness with Matthew's son which felt unnecessary as well. The story finally picks up towards the end, somethings are resolved, some things aren't fully explained and we get a side dish on the stupidity of racism. In saying all that I still liked the book, well most of it, I just didn't love it.

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  wyldheartreads | Dec 14, 2020 |
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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"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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