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The Book of Life: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy, Book 3) (edición 2014)

por Deborah Harkness (Autor)

Series: All Souls (3)

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El desenlace de «El descubrimiento de las brujas». Un magistral cierre del suspense y la magia de una trilogía que ha cautivado a millones de lectores en todo el mundo. Tras viajar en el tiempo con La sombra de la noche, la historiadora y bruja Diana Bishop y el genetista Matthew Clairmont vuelven al presente para hacer frente a nuevos problemas y a viejos enemigos. Pero la amenaza real para su futuro todavía está por llegar y, cuando lo hace, la búsqueda del Ashmole 782 y sus páginas perdidas cobra aún mayor urgencia. En casas ancestrales y laboratorios universitarios, haciendo uso de conocimientos antiguos y de la ciencia moderna, desde las colinas de la campiña francesa hasta los palacios de Venecia, la pareja al fin desvelará lo que las brujas descubrieron hace siglos. ¿En qué consistía el secreto encerrado en el misterioso Ashmole 782 y después perseguido incansablemente por daimones, vampiros y brujos? ¿Cómo podrán la bruja Diana y el vampiro Matthew vivir su amor y cumplir con su misión bajo el peso de todas las diferencias que los separan? La gran aventura culmina aquí. ENGLISH DESCRIPTION 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. Bringing 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 Matthew's ancestral home, Sept-Tours, they reunite with the beloved 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.… (más)
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Título:The Book of Life: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy, Book 3)
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The Book of Life por Deborah Harkness

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So, more than seven years after I read 'A Discovery Of Witches' I finally read 'The Book Of Life', the last book in the All Souls trilogy and I enjoyed myself. The almost six hundred pages of the book slid by in a curl up on the sofa with a coffee binge read that was relaxing and exciting at the same time. The story was well told. I admired how Deborah Harkness managed to start the novel in a way that caught me up with the previous books without and tedious repetition or clumsy info-dumping and set the tone for a series of highly charged encounters with layer upon layer of secrets behind them. For me, the ending satisfying, resolving the main conflicts and mysteries without being too neat and tidy.

This was the book were Diana finally comes into her own. She's in control of her power, she has children to protect and she's determined to use the Book Of Life to bring down the Covenant that puts her family at risk. It did surprise me that, when Diana finally came into her power, she used it as if she had been born into the de Clarmont family. She slipped on the wealth and entitlement of the de Clarmont's like a tailored jacket and became someone truly formidable. This is no longer the woman we met in 'A Discovery Of Witches'. This is someone who on having finally understood the her options and abilities had been constrained by the power of the Congregation her whole life, took hold of her power and focused it on their destruction. It seemed to me that the various vampires and witches who had conspired to stop her along the way had had very good reason to do so.

There were lots of scenes in the book that caught me by surprise.

I loved that Deborah Harkness gave us a detailed account of the birthing of the twins, drenching it in physicality and making Diana's pain and exertion into something emotionally powerful.

The other scenes that surprised me I loved rather less. These were the scenes where Benjamin abducted and imprisoned witches and live-streamed their gangrape and eventual death and where he killed children as a way of torturing Matthew. Then there were the scenes that showed the terrible things that were done to Matthew. The images are strong and bloody and vicious and I'd rather not have had them in my head. I know that these scenes are no stronger than I might have read in a book by Anne Rice or Clive Barker but I hadn't expected them here. They took the book and Diana into a darker, more violent place that seemed much more threatening than anything that they encountered in their travels in the Sixteenth Century.

It took me almost to the end of the book to understand that this whole trilogy is primarily a love story. I never quite understood why Diana felt so attracted to the monstrous Matthew, a vampire with the blood of hundreds of his own kind on his hands, or how she could accept his sire, Ysabeau de Clermont, who spent decades hunting and killing witches. I know it was supposed to be a grande amore but it didn't feel like that to me. This time around, I was very aware of the de Claremont's immense wealth and unquestioned privilege and how seductive it is. An ancient, remote castle in France, made so much less remote when you arrive by helicopter. A Queen Anne Townhouse, fully furnished and with hot and cold running servants in Central London, given as a wedding gift. Easy, private travel between countries and continents and never ever having to think about the cost of anything. It seemed to me that Diana fell in love with what the de Claremont's offered her as much as she did with Matthew and, by the end of this book, she had made herself a pillar of the de Claremont's power. It seemed to me that I was also being seduced into thinking of the de Claremont as the good guys: as if their good taste in art, their education, their scientific endeavours and their loyalty to each other made their sense of entitlement and the violence that they wrought to keep themselves secure, entirely acceptable. We've travelled a long way from a New England haunted house and a belief that all Creatures are equal and should be free. Diana Bishop's liberalism turned out to be of the deeply conservative kind that grants liberty to others as long as her own privilege is preserved.

Having said all that, this was an enjoyable book with memorable characters, strong emotions, and a clever plot delivered with a skill that made it easy to fall into the de Claremont's world and believe in it.

I recommend the audiobook, expertly narrated by Jennifer Ikeda. Click on the SoundCloud link below to hear a sample.
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1 vota MikeFinnFiction | May 5, 2022 |
I'll write a review of the series as a whole. "What!" you say? How could I have read the series and yet given it a one-star rating? If it was that bad, why didn't I just leave it midway or better still read just the first book. You see, I purchased the whole d***n series and I've hardly ever, in my life, abandoned a book once I've started reading it.

The book is BORING. Even skimming is a task. While the premise of the book had initially fascinated me, the book quickly devolved into an unnecessary and elaborate thesis on just about everything. There's fantasy, sure. And historical references galore. Enough to qualify as historical fiction. But then there's just so much discussion about wine. And tea. And architecture. And anything and everything else the author could think of. You have to wade through a hundred pages to get even five pages worth of information that's actually pertinent to the story.

The romance between Matthew and Diana is sappy and thoroughly unexciting. Matthew, despite having lived for innumerable centuries, has no character to speak of. He looms like an overgrown bat (no pun intended!) and has simply no contribution to make throughout. He might as well have been absent. Diana, despite being a qualified historian, comes across as a highly subservient woman simply pandering to Matthew to make him feel needed.There's no depth to any of the characters, for that matter. With all the time the author has spent on describing yoga poses and Indian food, she'd have done better sketching her characters with more to their persona than just the superficial witch/vampire. Ysabeau, Sarah, Marcus, Emily--there was so much to be done with them than just the bare bones we're presented with.

Book 2 was especially bad with the kind of artistic licence the author has taken with the historical characters. So, almost all the most famous people of the time are daemons, witches, or vampires. Anyone who's got anything going for them is bound to be one of these. And so, Shakespeare, poor human that he is, has nothing original to say. All his writing is either derived from Marlowe or inspired by a time-traveler from the future. Really? It seems Ms. Harkness harbors a special dislike for Shakespeare. And the whole rigmarole is just too much. The whole book could have been written in fewer than fifty pages, for all the content that it provides. And the time travel: how could Diana and Matthew's long presence not affect history? And how convenient that the original Matthew of that period just disappears.... where does he disappear to? how will he pick up the threads once he's back... these questions are all unanswered, and we, gullible and naive that we readers are, are expected to swallow this spiel. And why were Jack and Anne introduced? Like Matthew, they seem to have no part to play.

The third book's not as bad as the second one, but the faults are the same. One good thing is that there's a bit less of Matthew, though just a bit. The whole blood rage thing doesn't work. Neither does the weaver bit. Or the Book of Life. I mean what is the book? How was it made? Who made it? None of the questions that have been raised from the beginning have been answered.

Pathetic. Writing the review has made me even angrier. Wish I could ask the author to refund my money and time. DO NOT READ.

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  Chandna_Agarwal | Apr 8, 2022 |
The last book in the trilogy ties it all together, the pieces assemble into a coherent whole. A bit scary in places, but all is well in the end. ( )
  Bookjoy144 | Mar 2, 2022 |
Pretty riveting climax. My imagination ran wild! ( )
  swbesecker | Feb 28, 2022 |
I am very disappointed in the book. I loved Discovery of Witches and fell in love with the characters. I liked the second book, Shadow of Night, and loved the history behind it. However, I did not like the Book of Life. I thought it was boring and hard to get through the pages. The story didn't draw me in. I don't know if the fact that there was a big time gap between novels, but usually that results in me rereading the novel before it to remind me of the story line. However, I didn't even want to do that and I couldn't wait until the story ended to be finished with the book. ( )
  Brendanor | Feb 26, 2022 |
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El desenlace de «El descubrimiento de las brujas». Un magistral cierre del suspense y la magia de una trilogía que ha cautivado a millones de lectores en todo el mundo. Tras viajar en el tiempo con La sombra de la noche, la historiadora y bruja Diana Bishop y el genetista Matthew Clairmont vuelven al presente para hacer frente a nuevos problemas y a viejos enemigos. Pero la amenaza real para su futuro todavía está por llegar y, cuando lo hace, la búsqueda del Ashmole 782 y sus páginas perdidas cobra aún mayor urgencia. En casas ancestrales y laboratorios universitarios, haciendo uso de conocimientos antiguos y de la ciencia moderna, desde las colinas de la campiña francesa hasta los palacios de Venecia, la pareja al fin desvelará lo que las brujas descubrieron hace siglos. ¿En qué consistía el secreto encerrado en el misterioso Ashmole 782 y después perseguido incansablemente por daimones, vampiros y brujos? ¿Cómo podrán la bruja Diana y el vampiro Matthew vivir su amor y cumplir con su misión bajo el peso de todas las diferencias que los separan? La gran aventura culmina aquí. ENGLISH DESCRIPTION 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. Bringing 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 Matthew's ancestral home, Sept-Tours, they reunite with the beloved 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.

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