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The Book of Life: All Souls Trilogy 3 [Englisch] [Broschiert]

Deborah Harkness
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15. Juli 2014 All Souls Trilogy 3
Fall under the spell of Diana and Matthew once more in the stunning climax to their epic tale, following A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES and SHADOW OF NIGHT. A world of witches, daemons and vampires. A manuscript which holds the secrets of their past and the key to their future. Diana and Matthew - the forbidden love at the heart of it. After travelling through time in SHADOW OF NIGHT, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchant-ing 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 in France they reunite with their families - with one heart-breaking exception. But the real threat to their future is yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for the elusive manuscript Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on a terrifying urgency. Using ancient knowl-edge and modern science, from the palaces of Venice and beyond, Diana and Matthew will finally learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.

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  • Broschiert: 582 Seiten
  • Verlag: Headline (15. Juli 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0755384784
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755384785
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,3 x 23,4 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 292 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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What a rich, thrilling and educational tale is... A captivating and romantic ripping yarn -- E L James Guardian Intelligent and off-the-wall...irresistible to Twilight fans The Sunday Times Spellbinding... Unputdownable Woman & Home This is a glorious, finely-wrought gem of a book: intelligent, thoughtful, intricate... I could lose myself in here and never want to come out: what better accolade can there be? ...Utterly enchanting on every level -- Manda Scott A bubbling cauldron of illicit desire...all the ingredients for an assured saga that blends romance with fantasy Daily Mail A vast, sexy, historical romp of a novel. There's no doubting Harkness's vivid imagination Daily Mirror An inventive addition to the supernatural craze...has exciting amounts of spells, kisses and battles, and is recounted with enchanting, page-turning panache Marie Claire

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Deborah Harkness is a historian of science and a professor of history at the University of Southern California. She spent several years in Oxford doing research (and really did once find a missing manuscript in the Bodleian Library!). She has written THE JEWEL HOUSE: ELIZABETHAN LONDON AND THE SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTION as well as the three novels in the internationally bestselling ALL SOULS trilogy, A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES, SHADOW OF NIGHT and THE BOOK OF LIFE.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Die Reise endet... 25. Juli 2014
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Endlich, nach einer zu langen Wartezeit, ist der Abschluß der Trilogie um Diana Bishop und Matthew Clairmont erschienen – und sie enttäuschte mich in keiner Weise. Nachdem die beiden ersten Romane sehr unterschiedlich waren (der erste eher moderne Urban-Fantasy, der zweite historische, übernatürliche Geschichte), war ich sehr gespannt, wohin Deborah Harkness ihre Leser im dritten Roman führt.

Erneut erfreut sich der geneigte Leser an historisch korrekten Details (zumal Deborah Harkness als Geschichtswissenschaftlerin und –dozentin mit mehreren akademischen Abschlüssen ihr beträchtliches Wissen einfließen läßt), am exakten Lokalkolorit und einer wunderbar vielschichtigen Sprache.

Auch treten – Vorsicht Spoiler – vertraute Figuren auf, wie zum Beispiel Matthews keltischer Cousin Gallowglass, dessen Geschichte mich sehr berührte. Auch begegnen wir historischen Persönlichkeiten, wie Elizabeth I, Steven Procter oder Walter Raleigh. Die Art, in welcher Harkness diesen Personen Leben einhaucht, gefällt mir ausgesprochen gut, vor allem, da sie glaubwürdig erscheinen. In manch einem historischen Roman ist das dem Autor nicht gelungen.

Die Geschichte beginnt dort, wo der zweite Band endete, und führt Diana und Matthew zurück in die Gegenwart. Und endlich, nach spannungsgeladenen, facettenreichen und aufwühlenden Ereignissen, gilt es, dem Geheimnis von Ashmole 782 auf der Spur zu bleiben, welches sie durch faszinierende Orte in Europa führt.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good ending to a very entertaining trilogy 17. Juli 2014
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Luckily I stumbled quite late onto the first two books, so it was just a few days wait for me to read the final book.

I was really well entertained by all three books which provide an interesting twist on all the popular vampire-romance-books out there.

Of course I read the Twilight series, and this trilogy by Deborah Harkness is much wittier, much more complex and includes more three-dimensional characters. Yet they aren't really completely developed in my opinion: Matthew is way too old-fashioned and dominating in his attitude towards women and sometimes ridiculously insecure in his mate's feelings for him, though Diana really goes to extreme lengths to prove them to him. There's little character development for Matthew in all three books (he kind of stays the "macho" and control-freak he was in the first book with minor improvements in the last book), and though Diana really undergoes a development in finding out who she really is, she stays insecure about herself until about the middle of the last book.

The first book really made me interested in finding out more about all the characters and the secret of Ashmole 782, and I found all the settings the action took place in very well depicted. If I reviewed all books separately I would give it five stars.
The romance started quite conventionally for this kind of genre, but I couldn't quite understand Diana's patience to the in all aspects overly controlling Matthew especially in the second book.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Oh, where art thou gone? 19. Juli 2014
Von Mia
Format:Taschenbuch
Achtung, ich gehe auf den Inhalt des Buches ein!

Zunächst mal: ich habe "a Discovery of witches" und "Shadow of the Night" schon mehrmals und mit großer Freude gelesen und mit der entsprechenden Ungeduld auf diese Fortsetzung gewartet, in der Hoffnung, es sei auch ein großartiges Finale der Serie.
Leider muss ich meine Rezension jetzt aber in zwei Teile teilen, statt einfach nur 5 Sterne zu vergeben und mich zu freuen:
Zum "Lesegefühl": es handelt sich hier -ebenso wie bei den anderen Büchern der Reihe- um einen echten "page-turner", es bleibt die ganze Zeit ziemlich spannend und man will wissen, wie es weiter geht. Aber:
zum Inhalt: ich bin enttäuscht. Ok, es gibt ein Ende, Ok, das Buch und Matthew und Diana kommen darin vor, aber was mir wirklich gefehlt hat ist eine Verknüpfung der losen Enden aus Buch 2 und 3. Ich hatte in Buch 2 das Gefühl, dass Verin irgendeine wichtige Rolle spielen würde in Buch 3, musste mich aber die ganze Zeit fragen:
Was ist jetzt nochmal so wichtig an Verin? (außer ihrem Vater)
Noch viel schlimmer ging es mir mit Philippe. Ich habe wirklich bis zur letzten Seite gehofft, dass Diana irgendwo in diesem Buch auf den Trichter kommt, jetzt doch mal an seine Seite zu eilen, wie sie es versprochen hat (der Abschied der beiden ist meiner Meinung nach eine der stärksten Szenen der ganzen Serie). Ich wurde bitter enttäuscht.
Und dann kommt auch noch der Handlungsstrang um Gallowglass hinzu und er verläuft ebenso im nichts.
Außerdem fehlte mir die Verbindung von Diana zu den Toten; angeblich steht sie doch "zwischen den Welten"?! Also jedenfalls nicht in diesem Buch. Da steht sie einfach nur mitten im Leben.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen WHAT A GLORIOUS ENDING TO THE ALL SOULS TRILOGY! 21. Juni 2014
Von Online Book Reviews - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness is the third and final book in the All Souls Trilogy, following the earlier two books in the series - A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy) and Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy, Bk 2). After two years of impatient but excited wait for readers, witch Diana Bishop, also a historian, and vampire Matthew Clairmont, who is also her husband and a scientist, return from the past to the present to continue their all-important search for the crucial but long-missing pages of Ashmole 782, an enchanted alchemical manuscript, commonly known as the Book of Life. This is no ordinary book as it holds the key to the origin of all supernatural beings. Its massive importance is widely known and a lot of evil forces are also searching for it.

Set in Matthew's Sept-Tours chateau, the duo had to deal with teething troubles brewing among the vampire family. Benjamin Fuchs, the vampire son of Matthew, is stalking them with intent to cause them grievous harm. In order to protect everyone, Diana needs to sharpen her skills as weaver, which is one of the rarest but most effective witch powers. Added to this is the advancing pregnancy of Diana with twins which upset the Congregation of vampires, witches and daemons. It is a ticklish situation because relationship between vampires and witches is considered unacceptable and against the covenant. Dark forces are at work seeking to destroy or separate them. Diana and Matthew must handle the delicate situation with wisdom and astuteness, and at the same time meet troubles head-on to survive.

The Book of Life takes the reader on an enthralling ride with a sense of urgency as Diana and Matthew's past returned to haunt them, throwing hurdles at every possible corner. Deborah Harkness skillfully steered the two main protagonists through dark and dangerous worlds, bringing to the fore the political intrigues of the stunning world she created in the book. It is not just about magic and fantasy, Deborah Harkness evocatively laces the story with unchanging truths which will resonate well with many readers. It deals with issues of ignorance and past deeds in a subtle way without being too obvious, yet clearly understandable, and how these can have implications in the now and future.

The suspense is endless, there is no dearth of romance and the action sequences as sparkling as noon-day's sun. The prose is as beautiful as ever, and the narrative as clear as crystal. The characters have taken a giant leap from their previous roles but ever endearing, dynamic, and full of life. More than the character of Matthew, Diana's assumes much more significance, ever lovely and appealing, even as her life takes a turn for better or worse.

In this sweeping and magnificent conclusion to the All Souls Trilogy, the action and adventure is fast and furious, without ever letting up, and there are a slew of surprises bringing to an end the mystery surrounding the enchanted manuscript and what it means for Diana and Matthew. History, science, romance, action, intrigue, mystery, paranormal, suspense, magic - name it and it's there in this stunning book. After a long wait of two years what else can we expect but an exceptional story that is a fitting conclusion to a stellar series the likes of which we do not come across too often!

#This review is from uncorrected e-proof advance reader's copy which I received in exchange for honest review.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Veronica Roth Take Note, This is How You End a Series! 6. Juli 2014
Von Mathlete - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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** ABSOLUTELY NO SPOILERS AHEAD **

I was a big fan of the first two novels in this series, A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy) and Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy) and waited with exciting anticipation for The Book of Life: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy) to be released. I was fortunate enough to receive an advanced readers copy from the publisher last week and was not disappointed.

I'm not going to rehash the publisher's summary by restating the plot of Book of life, but believe me - the journey Deborah Harkness takes us with Diana and Matthew is wholly amazing. Their search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages becomes tantamount into understanding what the witches have known for centuries and how to save their future. Although it has been two years since Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy) was released, you will find it very easy to get back into Matthew and Diana's storyline. And seeing how things are settled with Benjamin was definitely worth the wait. There was plenty of action and suspense to keep you turning the pages.

For all of us who were disappointed in how Veroicia Roth ended the Divergent series with Allegiant (Divergent Series) last year have no fear with Deborah Harkness - she does an amazing job concluding the All Souls trilogy.

This was a wonderful end to the series. It's a little sad to have waited two years for the conclusion and after a week of reading, having to say goodbye to the characters of this amazing trilogy. I thought Deborah Harkness did a wonderful job wrapping everything the plot without being predictable or leaving gaping plot holes.

The Book of Life is all that I hoped it would be. It was hard to put down and I believe fans will not feel the same letdown felt with the Divergent trilogy. I fully recommend it as a quick read. It took me a week during my daily commute to work and a few hours before going to bed to get through the 576 pages. Definitely worth the wait.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Saves the Best for Last! 15. Juli 2014
Von VampireNovelFan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I will be honest and admit that I didn't re-read the prequels prior to diving into this one. It's been a couple of years since I read Shadow of Night so my memory was fuzzy on certain details and as a result, toward the beginning of this book I felt a little lost. It didn't last for long though as Harkness weaves the story together very well incorporating important developments from the other novels into this one. It definitely feels like a third book so you don't want to start here.

If you've been waiting patiently for this one then it was worth the wait. It's a satisfying final act and at this point I'd say it's my favorite of the series because I want to read it again. Harkness is prolific, but the pace felt just right this time around whereas in the earlier novels it occasionally felt slow. Either that or I finally adjusted to her writing style. I was hanging onto every word and the suspense created just the right tension, especially toward the end. I couldn't put the book down. It struck an emotional chord with me which was a pleasant surprise. After about a third into the book I was completely invested in the outcome for Diana and Matthew as they had so much counting against them and their family. And it only compounds as the story goes on. Diana's growing powers, Matthews secrets, the plot twists, the villains, they were all very entertaining.

Aside from feeling lost after having not re-read the other books, my only other criticism is that I thought it was a little crowded character-wise. I could keep up with core supporting characters, but often enough I found myself mixing up the rest.

These books offer a mix of everything which is what makes them so fun. I came for the paranormal but I appreciate the amount of research that went into the historical aspects of the book, the strong writing, the humor, the horror, the drama, and the romance. The chemistry between Diana and Matthew is the best part of the reading experience. By the end I felt like I went on a journey with the characters and that to me is a sign of a successful story. Though this is the end of the trilogy I think there is enough left to write another one and I wouldn't be surprised to see it down the line.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen A big let down for me- *Spoiler free review* 20. Juli 2014
Von Heather K - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
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 story was building up for something important, something powerful.

The second book was also pretty successful for me. It was lovely in the way that historical fiction is pleasurable for me. I also have a deep love of time-travel books, so I was practically guaranteed to fall head over heels.

A lot of time has passed since the second, and my expectations were sky high for the third. Unfortunately, the careful world-building fell to crap in the final installment. I'll try to break down my main issues with the story without giving away any spoilers.

1) The POV switches: I have very specific opinions about lots of POVs in the a story: Namely, I hate them. This book had at least 5 different points of view, which irritated me to no end. Why not just two? Those extra points of view just seemed lazy to me, just a way for the author to do some "telling" and less "showing" about the characters. To make matters worse, the author switched from 1st to 3rd person throughout the book! Talk about a headache. It was a terrible choice, in my opinion.

2) The number of characters: This book was like a who's who from the previous two books. I swear, no one was left out. There were so many people re-introduced that I had a hard time keeping track of everyone. The story felt so... cluttered. All of these extra people and their minor storylines weighed the plot down so much. It became sort of jumbled and confusing. I'm not sure why the author didn't just keep her focus on the main characters.

3) The lack of secrecy: I'm so confused! In the previous books, Diana and Matthew guarded the secret of their relationship, the quest for the book, and the secrets of Matthew's family fiercely. In this book? They let it alllll hang out. They tell everyone EVERYTHING! Everyone seems to know what they are searching for, that Diana is pregnant, simply everything! I have no idea why this had them throwing caution to the wind. They freaking told an entire class of students what they were researching. It was madness. Then they are looking for the person "leaking their secrets"... it could be the pizza boy for all they know! It was truly bizarre.

4) Diana's familiar: I won't say too much about this topic so I don't give away any spoilers, but I was utterly confused about the change in the firedrake's personality throughout the story, especially towards the end.

5) The haphazard plot: It honestly felt like the author didn't think this trilogy through very well. It was like the author had a brilliant idea for the first book and then had no idea how to carry it through. The third book had to reveal some mind blowing things to fit with all the buildup, but instead it was a collection of jumbled tangents. The main characters jumped from location to location, doing a series of things that didn't really make sense. They seemed like chickens with their heads cut off. The book didn't seemed planned. It was almost as though the author was making it up on the fly.

6) The blood rage thing: I hated this plot point. Blood rage was supposed to be this crazy thing, but some deep breathing and zen meditation seemed to snap all the characters out of it?? I was so confused as to why it was this big issue to begin with if it was that easy to control. I would have preferred it be a mindless, insane thing instead of the nuisance it was made out to be. It was a poorly fleshed out concept that could have been more powerful.

7) The Book: Okay, what is the deal with that book? We never truly get answers. I still am left wondering who created it and why. If you are reading this story thinking that something wondrous will be revealed, don't hold your breath.

8) Plot inconsistencies: There are so many plot elements that make no sense or are left dangling. I don't want to go into them all because I want this review to be spoiler free, but there were many instances where the book contradicts itself.

All in all, this book was a huge bummer. I give it 2 stars, mainly for nostalgia because I was happy to visit with these characters again.

Oh, and can Gallowglass get his own book? Pretty please?

**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Disjointed 16. Juli 2014
Von Dianna - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I liked this book the least of the series-there are loose plot points, characters dropped without warning, and vast swaths of the novel where nothing happens. Like the Book of Shadows, things which should be priorities(For example, in that book, Diana's magic) are inexplicably ignored for minor plot diversions, to the point that the climax-when it does happen, is not only disappointing, but convoluted as well. Maybe it's because the first and second half of the novel seem to be very different; the first half of the novel is much stronger. In the second half, the story slows down, the focus of the entire plot changes, people seem to do things out of character and Harkness introduces several elements, but then drops them. The result is a disjointed ending that starts and stops several times. That being said, I was entertained, but I suspect that Harkness was rushed and didn't quite know how to weave the whole thing together.
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