The Book of Life - Deborah Harkness

The Book of Life

By Deborah Harkness

  • Release Date: 2014-07-15
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 3,230 Ratings)


The #1 New York Times bestselling series finale and sequel to A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night.
Look for the hit TV series “A Discovery of Witches” airing Sundays on AMC and BBC America, and streaming on Sundance Now and Shudder.
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.
With more than one million copies sold in the United States and appearing in thirty-eight foreign editions, A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night have landed on all of the major bestseller lists and garnered rave reviews from countless publications. Eagerly awaited by Harkness’s legion of fans, The Book of Life brings this superbly written series to a deeply satisfying close.


  • "The Book of Life" earns 5++/5 Ouroboroses...Absorbing, Thrilling Epic!

    By Kat Costa
    EPIC CONCLUSION. ABSORBING. Over the past week, I forced myself not to read the last ten chapters because I "feared" the end that might have someone perish, someone sacrificed, or someone evading justice. It is always a worry one will be less than satisfied when coming to the conclusion of an epic book series that has kept one's interest for so long, that it will just be over with a disappointing climax or some issues left unresolved. I always call it my "French film," a story that just ends, awkwardly. But, I am ecstatic, thrilled, left in joyful tears, that the final book in Deborah Harkness's All Souls Trilogy, The Book of Life, was an extraordinary conclusion with resolutions of justice, retribution, vindication, and hope...hope that the characters in which I've invested my time and emotion will be okay. Although I didn't entirely understand the genetics jargon and research, it was still fascinating, strengthening Harkness's mythology, and adding an air of realism to the existence of vampires, witches, daemons. And Wow! Diana's transformation, pact with the goddess, and literal connection to Ashmole 782 was a fantastic revelation. From Madison to Sept-Tours, from London to Venice, the search for the missing pages and the book, the past brought into the present, and vengeance centuries on hold all converge. Harkness's writing style is engaging and rich with vivid descriptions (case in point: childbirth), but nothing that would make any reader cringe or shy away. Even the battle to vanquish the "monstrous" antagonists (no spoiler, if you've read the first books, you know a battle is coming!) is well-written. She switched from Diana's first-person perspective to the readers third-person viewpoint, but it was a smooth transition, well-paced, and very absorbing. I wanted it to continue and continue. The dialogue blended well with the narrative illustrating the various personalities, the emotion, conflicts, fears, and joys. This has been a joyous journey!
  • All souls

    By MarandaSL
    I love love love this series. I read all three books in a weeks span. I even binge watched the whole first season and can’t wait for more. I’d love to see how the babes have grown and their life afterwards and if Diana ever decides that she loves Mathew enough to become what he is and give up her powers????
  • Harkness is a genius with a big heart!

    By SweetCarolineGemini
    Amazing Trilogy! Harkness’s way above average intellect is evident on every page. As well as her characters ability to be faithful, loyal and loving. Brains and a heart are a hard combination to come by in an author. Pair those with her ability to put you in many places and times and it’s Magic! I have a new favorite author. Please continue this work.
  • Hits lots of my ‘interest buttons’

    By Marina Ariadne
    The medieval settings of parts of the book, medical research, Occitan language, herbalism... The research skills that went into the world-building, settings, plot, and characters made them vivid and plausible. I don’t give 5-star reviews very often, but at least the first trilogy of this series gets that for each title. I like these well enough to gave purchased them in hb, pb, and e- formats.
  • I great final book.

    By cubesly
    Sad that it is officially over.
  • One of my favorite reads of all time

    By V36de276
    Utterly awesome read. Thank you for placing the DeClarmonts into my life. I sincerely hope that more volumes of this amazing family will follow in the future. It's simply too good not to continue.
  • An entirely satisfying end to the trilogy

    By MonetJaz
    I would happily continue reading books in this series should the author choose to continue the story of these amazing characters. I couldn’t put this one down.
  • Wow!

    By Deealegre
    I could not put this trilogy down! It is sooooooo interesting, historical, suspenseful, fun and satisfying! It certainly has made me believe more in goddess “magic”!
  • A wonderful read

    By Timewisher
    The three books are an excellent escape to fantasy and our own historical past. What a combination. Her companion book should be read along side the books as the pictures and references to people, places and things that gave her inspiration add greatly to this wonderful read.
  • Outstanding Read!

    By Barbie Jen Jen
    From the moment I picked up the first book in the "All Souls Trilogy" I was hooked. The trilogy is a delightful mix of fantasy, history, science, and of course a love story. I found myself completely vested in the story and the lives of the characters. I read whenever I had a spare moment to get in a few pages. When the story ended, it was like parting ways with good friends. I wanted there to be more.