Fall under the spell of Diana and Matthew once more in the stunning climax to the All Souls trilogy, following A Disocvery 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 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 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 knowledge and modern science, from the palaces of Venice and beyond, Diana and Matthew will finally learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.
©2014 Deborah Harkness (P)2014 Penguin Audio
The narrator for this book finally gave more emotion and feeling and it really made a difference. Overall the series was great and I would recommend to anyone who enjoys fantasy books.
And I am sad I've finished it. Well done Deborah on such a magically woven story. Jennifer Ikeda is becoming my favourite story teller. Together this was just awesome. I am a little sad that I've come to the end. Thank you.
I was really concerned the plot to this might become obvious as Diana and her babies became a weak link in the line of defense, but I am pleased it wasn't the case at all. Some aspects of the story are glossed over, looked at with hindsight, but overall I think the author has done a great job in concluding this story. Deborah Harkness has a good sense of humour and Jennifer Ikeda delivers it well.
Right from the beginning I have enjoyed this series of books and I think that it ends really well with the Book of Life. It doesn't drag and if I have one negative I would have to say that it could probably have gone a little slower and some circumstances could have been explained a little better but that doesn't mean that I didn't understand what was going on. All the characters were great and well thought out and there were very few new characters brought in for the last book.
Great narrator and some interesting characters but for me it just lacked the x factor - a bit slow in places. undecided as to whether I will read the 2 prequels
This is easily the best audible I've heard by far!! Such a great job done!!
The whole series is so amazing I couldnt break in between and i am so sad its finished.
The development of truely complex characters is the best I have ever enjoyed.
it is all emcompasing with references to many history people, events and im sure plenty of other facts that i may have missed but felt a part of them as the story was told.
This was my favorite series of all time and definitely an all rounder for anyone with an appreciation for great writting.
"Worth The Two Year Wait!"
I discovered this series two years ago, I loved the first two audiobooks And yes it's been a long wait for the third book but it was so worth it. Because of how long ago it was I have spent the last last week listening to the first two books. And what a wonderful week it was.
If you like some readers are expecting a full blown old fashioned war, you will be disappointed. The Author was true to her charecters. The vampires are imortal with centuries of political intrigue and manipulation. And the times of old where you go onto a battlefield and slaughter your enemy are long past. Wars are fought with numbers of alies,money and intrigue and being very sneaky. This is a wonderfully woven book, secrets are revealed and most answers given. This series combines my two favorite genres paranormal romance and historical romance. The Author is a History Scholar who has studied the history of science and magic between the 1500's and 1700's so you know you are getting a wonderfully accurate view of history. Especially the second book which was set in the 1590's. I honestly loved this third book as much as the other two. It is a little more gruesome than the other two with the main bad guy being a psychopath. This book is a wonderful journey with unexpected twists and turns to keep you on your toes.
I liked the narrator, thought she did a pretty good job. And honestly all these books are around 24 hours of listening more than double your average audiobook. With all three books I've got 70 hours of wonderful listening. This book is definately worth the credit. If you haven't read the series yet get all three, you'll have the advantage of having the series already finished. If you are already a fan you'll love this one too.
I was so disappointed with this book. Having loved the first two in the series, this one just left me frustrated. There were even times when I threatened to give up.
Whilst I am usually forgiving of the odd weak point in a story line (and for my favourite books and characters, I can turn almost blind to weak points), I found myself picking gaping holes in this plot line from the start, and it left me extremely frustrated
(I had listened to the first two books in the series again, immediately before starting this third book - so I was all wound up for a great conclusion, with the characters and plot and problems fresh in my mind).
I'm trying not to risk any spoilers here, but I feel the need to rant a little.....1) what happened to all the secrecy and avoiding the Congregation of the first two books - in book three, there seems to be a tendancy to share the problem /issue with all and sundry? 2) The blood rage thing just goes on and on, and there's just no consistency in its manifestations?? 3) How many houses are they going to flee to - and is it all just to display the family's enormous wealth, portrait and porcelein collections? Boring! 4) The whole Baldwin thing - yawn again - no consistency, again..... 5) Gallowglass - from being such a central character in this book - what happens to him??? And as for Matthew walking into a trap - come on!!!! The man is ancient - he should be a little more cunning!
Nope, I'm afraid this book failed outright for me. I think the author had a handful of good, exciting scenes, and a sound enough conclusion to the whole thing......but the meandering, waffly route she took through those scenes, just weakened the whole book. Individually, there were a whole host of good ideas they were just all strung together badly. The only two characters who held it together consistently, and who I felt were true to their characters throughout the series, were Sarah and Isabo.
If you're a fan of this series....maybe you'll be less critical than I am, and will enjoy it. And maybe if you aren't expecting too much, you won't be disappointed.....Good luck.
"True to the book and presented beautifully"
The atmosphere I thought could only come of the page while reading and yet here the sight and sounds filled my time and brought this adventure to a fitting conclusion.
The tone of the narrator carried the emotion and timing as much as the words adding even more to what I considered a perfect book to begin with.
Thank you for the experience made whole.
The grave minder these books are more than just " get on the supernatural bandwagon" they have flesh and substance, sorry about the pun but they are individual gems in their own right not just let's churn out similar themes and make cash until the vampire ghost trend moves on
I always wanted to be a fly on the wall when Chris learnt there were other things than students and tutor at university
Reading the book I laughed a lot
Hearing the same section I gasped laughed and cried
"Perfect ending to a great trilogy"
This is the third book and it doesn't disappoint. Having been swept from Elizabethan England back to modern day France and America the story continues it's intrical plot. The story is about love but about beginnings too and about fighting politically and physically for freedom. It becomes very intense in places and you truly swept up with emotion, caring for the main characters as though you have a claim to them. I will continue to follow this author and her books.
The idea that two people effect races all over the globe.
She read with pace and emotion. I don't have time to read.
Very emotional, some tense moments
"Want another book in this series!"
I have thoroughly enjoyed this 3 book series. I am really going to miss the whole lot of extended family characters of vampires, demons and witches, along with the humans of course!
The story has kept me interested from Book 1 and unusually, I enjoyed the historical detail that was incorporated as it was not overdone and did not getting boring.
My only disappointment is that it has finished - hoping there will be a Book 4!
"Great story... dreadful narration!"
There's no question that Harkness can spin a yarn... even if she gets tedious at times and the historical inaccuracies make me wince. When she writes a new book though I'll probably give it a try.
She murders every *single* accent that isn't her native American. English, French, Spanish... and her idea of Scottish nearly took my skin off. And considering huge swathes of the trilogy are set in Europe IT HURTS. Why on earth don't publishers actually get these people an accent coach? Consider carefully whether to buy these audiobooks if you're British (and don't say I didn't warn you).A further bugbear are all the mispronunciations. Laboratory rhymes with lavatory apparently. If you're narrating and aren't sure how to pronounce an unusual word, surely you should CHECK rather than just having a wild stab?
"OK, but not as good as the first two books."
I keep trying to, to see if I missed something the first time round. So far I haven't managed it.The story just seems to be an awful lot longer than it has to be. The birth of the twins goes on forever, and all the prissy angst about swearing during labour just made me yawn.
The narration is also hard going at times. The Scottish accents are absolutely dreadful. No Scottish person ever sounded anything like Gallowglass or Hamish. These characters appear more in this book than the first two, so the voices need to be listenable or it's hard to focus on what they're saying, not how it's being said.
I like Sarah for her refusal to be anything other than herself. Down to earth and feisty. Diana seems to spend a portion of this book being cowed by Matthew which is annoying after her earlier determined independence.
We get to know Gallowglass much better and he's a more integral part to the story, had he sounded 'right' I think he'd have been my favourite.
I really enjoyed the first two books, I am disappointed that The Book of Life is slower, and less gripping. It's not a bad book, it just didn't live up to my expectations.
I'm left wondering what happened to Hancock too, no mention of him at all.
Bad accents really spoil the pleasure of this third instalment, for example we are clearly told that a character is Scottish, he then displays an Irish accent whose lack of authenticity hasn't been matched since Dick van Dyke's Cockney accent in `Mary Poppins' !
brilliant third book, I wanted more of it until the end but now its finished, don't know what I'll do now as I need more
"Great story, nice with all the different accents"
It's up in the top there, even though the book was a little boring here and there. I have been looking forward to this book for a long time, but it was hard to get through here and there.
The birth of the babies I found awesome, and that they're both so different. I love Matthew's protectiveness and Benjamin's issues with the witches I found horrifying. Terrible to read!
the different voices/accents. However, when she did Diana's voice she often dragged out some of the words, also when she was talking about the characters she did that. That was a bit annoying and at a certain point you start to pay attention to that so it starts to bug. I loved her French, Spanish and Scottish accents and the way she gave every character their own "voice". And the emotions she put in the voices was really well done as well!
I love the story, don't understand all the negative points I've read in several places. Yes, there are some things mentioned that don't add anything to the story, like Gallowglas being in love with Diana or that she got that toaster for Christmas, but overall I liked it a lot and hope there will be a story about Gallowglass and one about the babies growing up!
Absolutely loved it as I did the two before... Gutted not to have another to follow....
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