Though I posted about The Book of Life (part of the A Discovery of Witches trilogy) before, I wanted to share an excerpt with you — and a chance to win a paperback copy! Read to the end of the post for contest details.
The paperback releases TODAY and I think you’ll love it. If you haven’t read the other books in the series, now is the perfect time to pick them up. The boxed set is available here.
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The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
July 15, 2014
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.
Remember last week when I mentioned that the conclusion to one of my favorite trilogies was coming out? Well, now you can win a button to celebrate the occasion! Leave me a comment below with your favorite witchy read and your email. Giveaway open from June 4-June 11.
If you’re a long time blog reader you know that I read and reviewed A Discovery of Witches and then waited with bated breath for its sequel Shadow of Night. I’ve re-read both books more times than I can count, gaining new insights each time I pick them up. Since Shadow of Night came out in Summer 2012 I have been eagerly awaiting the final book in the trilogy.
Today I am happy to share chapter one of The Book of Life. Click over to this site to read it. Keep watching this space for a book giveaway later this summer!
If you need something to tide you over until The Book of Life is released, check out the great soundtracks Deborah Harkness made to go along with the first two books in the series (Discovery of Witches Soundtrack, Shadow of Night Soundtrack.
Shadow of Night: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy)
Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
Published July 10, 2012
*There are spoilers for A Discovery of Witches ahead.*
Summary: This book picks up just where A Discovery of Witches left off — Matthew and Diana have been forced to flee the present because the Congregation doesn’t approve of their interspecies relationship. Though she performed the spell, Diana wasn’t sure what time they were traveling too until they got there. Elizabethan England is everything that Diana hopes it will be and more. Because it is her area of study at Oxford, she easily becomes wrapped up in experiencing life in the past and in historical inquiry. However, it’s not all fun and games in the past (and really what fun would that be for a book?) Matthew and Diana have jobs to do while in the 1500s: they must find Ashmole 782 and Diana must learn to control her magic. All of this becomes more complicated when Matthew quickly reverts to his not-so-nice sixteenth-century behaviors in the past! Everyone in the present (Ysebeau, Sarah, Marcus, etc) quickly notices that by going back the two disrupted the timeline.
It should come as no surprise that I loved this book as much as Harkness’s last! Her characters are believable supernaturally, something that is not generally the case in the “Twilight” era. Diana is the scholar that I always wanted to be and I too always dreamed of going back to Elizabethan England. Everything that Diana and Matthew experience in the 1500s feels new and exciting, which is mostly due to Harkness’s own research interests. Deborah Harkness, like her fictional counterpart Diana, is an Elizabethan scholar. She wrote The Jewel House: Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution. I was taken with not only the historical setting but also the complex ways in which Harkness weaves together her characters. She knows so much about their back stories that it sometimes took me a little while to catch on to how certain people were connected (and it was a good thing!). I love a little challenge, and a history lesson, with my book.
Blogger’s Note: I received a review copy of this book from Viking.
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