Deborah Harkness – The Book of Life

The Book of Life
The Book of Life
Author: Deborah Harkness
Series: All Souls Trilogy #3
Publishing date: 15 July 2014
Publisher: Viking Adult
Status: completed

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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My impression:
This is the final book from this awesome trilogy and one that can’t be forgotten too easily. I finished it logn time ago, but have no idea why I didn’t wrote a review back then. Anyhow, here it is coming.

So in this book Diana & Matthew are back in the present time and they must hide Diana’s pregnancy and lot’s of magical things that had happened while they were in the past. The story became too complicated and all the characters developed some much more than before, that I wasn’t able to stop reading it. And I must say that I feel content.

Being honest, I didn’t expected that my favorite character Gallowglass had such feelings and his story is so complicated, but I surely fell for him harder. Yeah, for a fictional character…

I’m not sure what to write more, because I will write lots of spoilers, so I will leave myself here and will shut up. But you really need to read this book and the whole trilogy, of course. Be sure to check it!

General note: 10/10

Edition read: Книгата на живота (Bulgarian edition)
Publisher: Bard Publishing House (ИК “БАРД”)
Translation: Ventsislav Bojilov, 2014
ISBN: 978-954-6555-43-4

Deborah Harkness – Shadow of Night

Shadow of Night
Shadow of Night
Author: Deborah Harkness
Series: All Souls Trilogy #2
Publishing date: 10 July 2012
Publisher: Viking Adult
Status: completed

A Discovery of Witches introduced Diana Bishop, Oxford scholar and reluctant witch, and the handsome geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont; together they found themselves at the center of a supernatural battle over an enchanted manuscript known as Ashmole 782. Drawn to one another despite longstanding taboos, and in pursuit of Diana’s spellbound powers, the two embark upon a time-walking journey.

Book Two of the All Souls Trilogy plunges Diana and Matthew into  Elizabethan London, a world of spies and subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the mysterious School of Night.  The mission is to locate a witch to tutor  Diana and to find traces of Ashmole 782, but as the net of Matthew’s past tightens around them they embark on a very different journey, one that takes them into heart of the 1,500 year old vampire’s shadowed history and secrets. For Matthew Clairmont, time travel is no simple matter; nor is Diana’s search for the key to understanding her legacy.

Shadow of Night brings us a rich and splendid tapestry of alchemy, magic, and history, taking us through the loop of time to deliver a deepening love story, a tale of blood, passion, and the knotted strands of the past.

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My impression:
I finished this book just before 2 days and I’m still living inside the story. I spent many sleepless night just because I can’t leave the book. It’s so fascinating, you just can’t stop.

I have read the first book more then 17 months ago and in the beginning I had to stop and remember what happened in book 1 and who is this one character, but this passed very fast and I totally sank in the story again.

In this second book Diana and Matthew are back in 1590-91 in England – trying to find a witch, who can teach Diana to use her magic abilities and also to find Ashmole 782. “Shadow of Night” is separated in 5 different parts – every one having a different place, but evolves the story in a way, which the reader can’t expect at all.

I like the way the story is written in a historic way – Deborah Harkness herself is a good historian and definitely knows how to make you feel like you’re in this time as well as the main characters.

Absolutely a story to follow. Interesting, breathtaking and tantalizing. Can’t leave it.

General note: 10/10

Deborah Harkness – A Discovery of Witches

A Discovery of Witches
A Discovery of Witches
Author: Deborah Harkness
Series: All Souls Trilogy #1
Publishing date: 8 February 2011
Publisher: Viking Penguin
Status: completed

When historian Diana Bishop opens a bewitched alchemical manuscript in Oxford’s Bodleian Library it represents an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordinary life. Though descended from a long line of witches, she is determined to remain untouched by her family’s legacy. She banishes the manuscript to the stacks, but Diana finds it impossible to hold the world of magic at bay any longer.

For witches are not the only otherworldly creatures living alongside humans. There are also creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires who become interested in the witch’s discovery. They believe that the manuscript contains important clues about the past and the future, and want to know how Diana Bishop has been able to get her hands on the elusive volume.

Chief among the creatures who gather around Diana is vampire Matthew Clairmont, a geneticist with a passion for Darwin. Together, Diana and Matthew embark on a journey to understand the manuscript’s secrets. But the relationship that develops between the ages-old vampire and the spellbound witch threatens to unravel the fragile peace that has long existed between creatures and humans—and will certainly transform Diana’s world as well.

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My impression:
I read that book more than one year ago. Or probably more, I don’t remember it clearly. But I still remember the story line and how interesting the book was.

I’m very into such stories and plots and the synopsis of the back of the book absolutely took my attention when I saw it in the library. There is not a lot stories like this one. I love staying at the library and starting like this, this book grabbed me.

Diana’s family, her family’s house, the charms, Halloween and everything so witch-y. In other hand, Matthew’s family and story. The parts in France and so much interesting description of everything. I was totally in love. And I still am.

This book is only the beginning of amazing trilogy.

General note: 10/10