The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy, #3) by Deborah Harkness

The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy, #3)

The #1 New York Times bestselling series finale and sequel to A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of NightBringing the magic and suspense of the All Souls Trilogy to a deeply satisfying conclusion, this highly anticipated finale went straight to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. In The Book of Life, Diana and Matthew time-travel back from Elizabethan London to make a dramatic return to the present—facing new crises and old enemies. At Mat...

Details The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy, #3)

TitleThe Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy, #3)
Release DateJul 15th, 2014
PublisherViking Adult
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Vampires, Witches

Reviews The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy, #3)

  • 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 stor...
  • Kristina
    I guess the good news about Deborah Harkness’s The Book of Life is I didn’t throw it across the room in disgust. I couldn't—it's too damn dumb to make me angry. Mostly I shook my head in bewilderment at the overwhelming idiocy. This last book in the trilogy is pretty much the same as the first two: excessive details, wandering plot lines, horrible pacing, paper-thin characters, and fang-less boring vampires. When I finished reading all 561 ...
  • Melanie
    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...
  • Dianna
    While I enjoyed this book, I felt it was very disjointed. I mean, don't get me wrong, I got into it, but I felt bothered by her lackadaisical approach to resolving the basic plot points of the world she created. Much like the last novel, I felt like the characters went and did things without rhyme or reason, often inexplicably ignoring the things they should do, to go and drink wine somewhere else. After more than 1500 pages, I felt like she didn...
  • Lucia
    "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 pre...
  • Emily
    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 no...
  • Bradley
    Re-read 12/18/17Much of all the esoteric stuff I loved from the first read was just as enjoyable the second time around, but this time I focused more on the people and the relationships a bit more.Ben, for example, was something of a mystery and less a bogeyman. I may have gotten a bit annoyed with the babies this time, all the focus on them, but to each their own when it comes to that. And then there was a few slow parts that annoyed me but not ...
  • Jessica ☕
    Update June 2017: Upon further ruminations on where the story could have gone, I assembled an alternative ending. (Not a story -- just a synopsis of what would have made me feel better.) Go to the spoiler at the end of the review to read.What just happened?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 fo...
  • Sue (Hollywood News Source)
    You can win The Book of Life's paperback, All Souls trilogy swags and Diana's commonplace book in Young Adult Hollywood.In this final conclusion of All Souls trilogy, Diana and Matthew returns 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 re...
  • Nathan
    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....
  • Phrynne
    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...
  • Trish
    This marks the conclusion of the All Souls trilogy and I couldn't be happier. From the first book on, this had become my new favourite story about witches and other supernatural creatures.In this third volume, Diana and Matthew are home from their timewalk in the past. They had to leave loved ones behind, which is never easy, and had to discover that disaster had struck in their original timeline as well. Not to mention that Diana is pregnant (wi...
  • Liz
    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'...
  • Jenny
    I mean, let's face it, this is "Twilight" written by a college professor. The love scenes are embarrassing and clunky, but the archive scenes are hot. All those old books with their archival boxes slowly being removed and their parchment being stroked. The two main characters are tedious and unlikable, but since there are thousands of pages at our disposal, some of them have been filled with other characters you can like. At the end of the day, t...
  • Winnie
    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!
  • Darth J
    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"). Als...
  • Joeanne
    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 nob...
  • Melanie
    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 ...
  • Allie
    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 befor...
  • Stacee
    October 2017: Yep, this is still just as fantastic as the first time I read it. I loved the story and the ending and the everything. Now I’m ready for more books with Gallowglass, Miriam, and I could easily do with a million pages of Ysabeau. I’m going to have to reread these more often. Original review This was absolute perfection. I felt there was a lot of loose ends that needed to be taken care of, so I wasn't sure what to expect. It defi...
  • Jaya
    GR asks me, Wht did I think? Well...1st read 2 stars2nd read 2.65 starsThird time lucky? Notching up to 3.85 StarsThis time I was better prepared for the useless and disappointing parts. And BR-ing it, helped me better to vent out anger and frustrations.P.S: I desperately pray for a book for Gallowglass. I sincerely hope she does write one else, I'l probably act like a crazy fan and send her emails to give us a story for that poor, awfully amazin...
  • Stephanie
    A disappointment, I'm very sorry to say2-1/2 stars, generously rounded to 3 in consideration of the previous 2 booksI was so looking forward to the publication of this, the final book in the All Souls trilogy. I reread books 1 & 2 this spring as I impatiently waited for Delivery Day. So I cannot tell you how disappointed I was when I finally got the chance to read The Book of Life.Perhaps the kindest way of explaining my response is that I COULD ...
  • Emma
    What the hell happened?By the end of this book, the only thing you'll realise is that the whole story was completely pointless. All that fannying about from one country to the next and one time to the next was really just a cover for the fact that: a) it is Romeo and Juliet with a happier ending (unsuitable love match due to family conflict) b) it is Twilight (poor vampire husband can't control himself round the mrs) c) it is every 'i'm-a-nobody-...
  • anieva
    While this book was engrossing despite itself, it was a frustrating book, at least for me. I am not sure why I feel the need to discuss this book, since there are so many frustrating books out there, but here goes... It read as if less attention had been given it by the author than the first two in her trilogy. So frustrating when that kind of thing happens. It was like, in some ways, an outline of what it could have been, despite its 560 or so p...
  •  Linda (Miss Greedybooks)
    ALL SOULS TRILOGY ROCKS! I enjoyed the further adventures of Matthew and Diana - and all the witches, vampires, daemons that are searching for the Book of Life. The trials they go through to figure out DNA of creatures and warmbloods kept me interested and going until the reveal. I do hope the Bishop-Claimont scion story will continue as the babies grow and learn what and whom they are. There is more to tell of past lives - so many other tales th...
  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    For more reviews (and the giffy version of this review), Cover Snark and more, visit A Reader of Fictions.Oh my kanye, I’m finally done; I’m finally free. Yes, I’m fully aware that I subjected myself to this torture. I even wrote a post about how terrible an impulse it is but I just had to finish this series. Maybe it’s because I already put so much time into it. Maybe it’s because I liked the first one and I was hoping that would turn ...