“The Book of Life” (All Souls #3) – Deborah Harkness

Title: “The Book of Life” (All Souls #3)
Author: Deborah Harkness
Released: July 15th 2014
Pages:  561

Rating: 4/5 ★

Description

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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Opinion

It is a great finale, I can’t lie, but after having a few weeks distance from the state of finishing it and now (actually writing the review) I’m certain, that I won’t re-read it that quickly.
Yes, I am the “I-love-to-re-read-books-type” and a breathtaking book is always “re-readable”.
The Characters develope further (good), the storyline becomes more interesting (better) and new characters are introduced (not sure: Another villain Diana and Matthew have to fear? *hrmpf* Could have been done better).
If I’m honest, I didn’t really focus that much on the actual story and the problems, I just loved to read how friends and family bonded, fought together and guess what? They made it.

***  Warning! Spoiler!  ***

After the miscarriage in the past (remember? Timetravel – the second book) Diana is pregnant again and WOW, things are getting totally messed up. (In a good and a bad way). I was so excited for the babys to finally be born (I was having concerns, if I’m actually just reading the book because there’ll be babys in it?) Everything went as smoothly down as possible (no, I’m lying. There were troubles, but the birth wasn’t one of them. Pregnant women in labour are actually … funny.)

****

The conclusion Diana and Matthew got from Ashmole (that sneeky book everyone wants to possess) was rather disappointing, but that’s just my opinion. I really didn’t care that much about that crazy-magic-power-book and maybe that’s why I just shrugged it off.

Nevermind, I’ve enjoyed it and would recommend it to everyone who started the series and also to those who are questioning themselves, if they should. Just try it out!

About the Author

Born in 1965, Harkness grew up near Philadepelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of an American-born father and a British-born mother
Harkness […] studied abroad at Oxford University She is a well-regarded historian of science and medicine, as well as having studied alchemy, magic and the occult.
In 2011, Harkness published her first work of fiction, “A Discovery of Witches”.
Harkness is also the author of the award-winning wine blog, Good Wine Under $20.

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“Shadow of Night” (All Souls #2) – Deborah Harkness

I’ve started this series days before my vacation in Rome and even exploring an ancient city couldn’t get me away from continuing with the second book.

Title: “Shadow of Night
Author: Deborah Harkness
ReleasedJuly 10th 2012
Pages: 584 (Thank you!)
Rating: 4/5 ★

What happens?

If you haven’t read the first book and want to avoid spoilers just read my Opinion (…or better not. I couldn’t prevent myself from SPOILiNG) or switch to “A Discovery Of Witches”.

“Historian Diana Bishop, descended from a line of powerful witches, and long-lived vampire Matthew Clairmont have broken the laws dividing creatures. When Diana discovered a significant alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library,she sparked a struggle in which she became bound to Matthew. Now the fragile coexistence of witches, daemons, vampires and humans is dangerously threatened.

Seeking safety, Diana and Matthew travel back in time to London, 1590. But they soon realise that the past may not provide a haven. Reclaiming his former identity as poet and spy for Queen Elizabeth, the vampire falls back in with a group of radicals known as the School of Night. Many are unruly daemons, the creative minds of the age, including playwright Christopher Marlowe and mathematician Thomas Harriot.

Together Matthew and Diana scour Tudor London for the elusive manuscript Ashmole 782, and search for the witch who will teach Diana how to control her remarkable powers…”


Opinion

Yes. Time travel? You got me!
No, seriously, the first book was an interesting journey through the dusty world of books (Diana Bishop is in love with her job) into the world of Witchcraft, Demons and hot Vampires (okay not hot HOT, but he’s kind of cute). The second book is now more focused on strengthening the plot & characters.
Veeeery good.

Diana and Matthew are now officially a couple and there isn’t anything worse than that (for the law keeping part). In order to get some time (ha.ha.) to think and to learn how to control a) her powers (Diana is some super-witch) b) Matthew (or Diana. Sometimes they don’t get that you can’t control everything!) and c) more enemies in the past (like the guy who wrote the first Faustus. He’s in love with Matthew. But Matthew is in love with Diana. Sooo…. yap. Problems, people!) they travel back to the Elizabethan Times. (Remember: No showers, no baths, no real teethbrushs and and and ….)
I liked the second book … I might’ve enjoyed it even more than the first one because I finally gave in and admitted to myself that I like it. Damn it. I thought my Vampire-phase was over.

You can see the characters grow and become bigger (or more bad) and surer in what they’re doing (I mean Diana.). In the first book she was stumbling more or less around, didn’t really know how to handle everything (but she did it quite well) and she is now facing more secrets, more magic and more totally crazy people who want her for her power or her connection to one of the mighty “Clairmonts” (Matthew in this case).

(You know what’s awesome? Time travel enables you to meet people who are long dead. Like Matthews father. Or his sister (not so good) or … Just Read it okay?)

There will be secrets (again) and occasionally you’ll be reminded of the twilight-series but I can say that proudly: It’s so much better!

Go and read the first (If you haven’t already) and second book and enjoy yourself.

Please, feel free to leave comments of any sort ! 😉

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“A Discovery of Witches” – Deborah Harkness

Best greetings from Rome, my dear followers and readers. Yesterday I was occupied by traditional sightseeing (My feet are still burning) but today I have some time to spare to write my Review! Enjoy 😉 (Obviously, my WiFi was bad enough so that this post was never uploaded. Sorry for that!)

Title: “A Discovery of Witches
Author: Deborah Harkness
Released: February 2011
Pages: 579 pages

Rating: 4/5 ★

What is happening?

“Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research.
Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks.
But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.”

Opinion

Before I start, it was advertised to be similar to the twilight-books, and it’s true. Sometimes I think, the story in their manifest is the same, just more … for adults. Grown up. Sincere.
I loved history as a subject in school and I was glad to read, that she was an historian (Diana). But at one point there was too much history, sometimes I just wanted to scream “Shut up, we get it. You love old, dusty books. That’s okay but I don’t have to know that every ten seconds!”
Also, Matthew (Vampire) … he’s a scientist and after nearly twenty pages of DNA-explanations I got bored. You could easily say what you want to say without talking just “biology”.

But despite this rather annoying flaws I enjoyed the book. The characters have their flaws, of course, as everyone does, but they evelope. I was so relieved that there is no nerve-racking love triangle, because I’m always afraid the girl chooses the wrong one. But really, love triangles are just overused.

EDIT: DANGEROUS: This Book is turning you into an addict, for sure! I’ve currently finished the third book … I’ve read the three in a row without hesitating. They’re great. No more doubts!

What is quite confusing: There are so many new characters introduced (not so much in the first book, but I’m currently reading the sequel. Oh, lord, I’ve already given up.) I’m struggling to keep up. Nevermind, the story is worth it. I’m not really sure why this book is making me stay awake as long as I can to read but if this is the case it has to be good.

It is a book I would recommend to everyone with a love for Witches, Vampires and  Romance (and if you have some interest in history as well you’ll be pleased).

However, this book is more suited for “Grown Up”- Teens. If you’re thirteen or fourteen (or less) I would wait some time. I’m 19 and I liked it but it’s always difficult to connect with main characters if they’re more than 10 years older than you.

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Ich glaube, erst Anfang dieses Monats ist der letzte Teil dieser Reihe in Deutschland herausgekommen. Wie immer, alles was ich sage ist natürlich absolut subjektiv, weil ich richtig mies im “objektiv bleiben” bin. Aber wer sich einen kleinen Tipp holen möchte, ob und wieso er das Buch lesen sollte – dann scrollt weiter 😉

Titel: “Die Seelen der Nacht”
Author: Deborah Harkness
Veröffentlicht: 26. September 2011
Seiten: 800

Bewertung: 3.5/5 ★

Was passiert?

“Diana Bishop ist Historikerin mit Leib und Seele. Dass in ihr zudem das Blut eines uralten Hexengeschlechts fließt, versucht sie im Alltag mit aller Kraft zu ignorieren. Doch als Diana in der altehrwürdigen Bodleian-Bibliothek in Oxford ein magisches Manuskript in die Hände fällt, kann sie ihre Herkunft nicht länger verleugnen: Hexen, Dämonen und Vampire heften sich an ihre Fersen, um ihr das geheime Wissen zu entlocken – wenn nötig mit Gewalt. Hilfe erfährt Diana ausgerechnet von Matthew Clairmont, Naturwissenschaftler, 1500 Jahre alter Vampir – und der Mann, der Diana bald schon mehr bedeuten wird als ihr eigenes Leben …”

Meinung

Am Anfang war ich weniger begeistert. Behutsam habe ich mich an die Geschichte heran getastet und konnte mir eigentlich bis zur letzten Seite eigentlich nicht eingestehen, dass es gut war. Es ähnelt twilight tatsächlich, doch es ist besser, erwachsener. 
Die Charaktere sind vielschichtig und überzeugend, natürlich habe ich im Laufe der Geschichte meine Lieblinge erkoren (wie z.B. Ysabeu, Matthews Mutter) und verfolge die Geschichte mit mehr und mehr Spannung.
Klar, natürlich sind einige Gewohnheiten der Charaktere (siehe Diana: Tausendmal viel zu viel historische Fakten einfließen lassen und das sage ich, als Geschichte-Freak) etwas nervig, aber die Geschichte an sich kann das sehr schnell ausgleichen.


An dem Punkt muss ich sagen, dass ich kaum dass ich das Erste beendet, mir direkt Teil II und III geholt habe. Meine restliche Energie in Rom habe ich abends mit diesen Büchern in Bett verbracht, während ich YouTube verschmähte. Der Suchtfaktor ist auf jeden Fall da.
Also lest es euch durch, wenn ihr auf Vampire, Hexen und gaaaaaaaanz viel tolle Geschichte, Zei… ach nee, das darf ich ja nicht verraten. Psst. Spoiler für Teil II. Aber die Meinung dazu veröffentliche ich auch demnächst.

Greift zu, sonst verpasst ihr was!

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