Exclusive: The Book of Life Excerpt and Commonplace Giveaway

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness is one of the highly anticipated books of the summer and the final novel in the ALL SOULS TRILOGY. The release date for this book will be July 15th and those who have fallen in love with Matthew and Diana, cannot wait to see how their story will unfold, and just what is in Ashmole 782?! What secrets does it hold? Why does every magical being want to get their hot little hands on it? Inquiring minds want to know.


The highly anticipated finale to the #1 New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with A Discovery of Witches

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.

Superbly Written Series-CHECK. I love deeply satisfying endings to a great series and I cannot wait to get MY hot little hands on this book. Until then, how about a little sneak peek? It does not hurt to read an excerpt again and again.

Ghosts didn’t have much substance. All they were composed of was memories and heart. Atop one of Sept-Tours’ round towers, Emily Mather pressed a diaphanous hand against the spot in the center of her chest that even now was heavy with dread.

Does it ever get easier? Her voice, like the rest of her, was almost imperceptible. The watching? The waiting? The knowing?

Not that I’ve noticed, Philippe de Clermont replied shortly. He was perched nearby, studying his own transparent fingers. Of all the things Philippe disliked about being dead—the inability to touch his wife, Ysabeau; his lack of smell or taste; the fact that he had no muscles for a good sparring match—invisibility topped the list. It was a constant reminder of how inconsequential he had become.

Emily’s face fell, and Philippe silently cursed himself. Since she’d died, the witch had been his constant companion, cutting his loneliness in two. What was he thinking, barking at her as if she were a servant?

Perhaps it will be easier when they don’t need us anymore, Philippe said in a gentler tone. He might be the more experienced ghost, but it was Emily who understood the metaphysics of their situation. What the witch had told him went against everything Philippe believed about the afterworld. He thought the living saw the dead because they needed something from them: assistance, forgiveness, retribution. Emily insisted these were nothing more than human myths, and it was only when the living moved on and let go that the dead could appear to them.

This information made Ysabeau’s failure to notice him somewhat easier to bear, but not much.

“I can’t wait to see Em’s reaction. She’s going to be so surprised.” Diana’s warm alto floated up to the battlements.

Diana and Matthew, Emily and Philippe said in unison, peering down to the cobbled courtyard that surrounded the château.

There, Philippe said, pointing at the drive. Even dead, he had vampire sight that was sharper than any human’s. He was also still handsomer than any man had a right to be, with his broad shoulders and devilish grin. He turned the latter on Emily, who couldn’t help grinning back. They are a fine couple, are they not? Look how much my son has changed.

Vampires weren’t supposed to be altered by the passing of time, and therefore Emily expected to see the same black hair, so dark it glinted blue; the same mutable gray-green eyes, cool and remote as a winter sea; the same pale skin and wide mouth. There were a few subtle differences, though, as Philippe suggested. Matthew’s hair was shorter, and he had a beard that made him look even more dangerous, like a pirate. She gasped.

Is Matthew . . . bigger?

He is. I fattened him up when he and Diana were here in 1590. Books were making him soft. Matthew needed to fight more and read less. Philippe had always contended there was such a thing as too much education. Matthew was living proof of it.

Diana looks different, too. More like her mother, with that long, coppery hair, Em said, acknowledging the most obvious change in her niece.

Diana stumbled on a cobblestone, and Matthew’s hand shot out to steady her. Once, Emily had seen Matthew’s incessant hovering as a sign of vampire overprotectiveness. Now, with the perspicacity of a ghost, she realized that this tendency stemmed from his preternatural awareness of every change in Diana’s expression, every shift of mood, every sign of fatigue or hunger. Today, however, Matthew’s concern seemed even more focused and acute.

It’s not just Diana’s hair that has changed. Philippe’s face had a look of wonder. Diana is with child—Matthew’s child.

Emily examined her niece more carefully, using the enhanced grasp of truth that death afforded. Philippe was right—in part. You mean “with children.” Diana is having twins.

Twins, Philippe said in an awed voice. He looked away, distracted by the appearance of his wife. Look, here are Ysabeau and Sarah with Sophie and Margaret.

What will happen now, Philippe? Emily asked, her heart growing heavier with anticipation.

Endings. Beginnings, Philippe said with deliberate vagueness. Change.

Diana has never liked change, Emily said.

That is because Diana is afraid of what she must become, Philippe replied.

The rest of chapter one can be read HERE if you have not already done so. If you have not read the first two books, I again ask (from a previous post) what are you waiting for? 🙂

Title: The Book of Life
Series: All Souls Trilogy #3
Author: Deborah Harkness
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal | Historical Fiction
Publication Date: July 15th 2014
Publisher: Viking Adult | Penguin
ISBN: 978-0670025596
Available Formats: Hardcover, E-book, Audio
Find it:GoodReads
Pre-order it: Amazon | BN| The Book Depository


How would you like to win a TBOL Holographic button and Diana’s Commonplace book (like the one she used in SON)which contains Diana’s recipes, spells, astrology and more, it also has blank space aplenty for the reader to add journal entries.



The link below will take you to the entry page for the giveaway. I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. I did not know that WordPress has an issue with javescript and I was trying to figure a way around it. Please let me know if you have any problems with the link.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


About Nymerias

I am an avid book reader and when I am not writing for these2 two (now three) blogs that is what I am doing. I love Game of Thrones, Supernatural,Big Bang Theory, Criminal Minds, Blue Bloods, Outlander, Once Upon A Time, The Walking Dead, Fear The Walking Dead and many other shows. I am also a major hockey fan, especially my Detroit Red Wings! I also enjoy classic books and legal thrillers.
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11 Responses to Exclusive: The Book of Life Excerpt and Commonplace Giveaway

  1. Cheryl Bryan says:

    I am so excited about The Book of Life. I love these characters and their story, and although I am somewhat anxious about the ending, I am still looking forward to this last book in the trilogy.


  2. Patricia R. says:

    It’s always interesting to hear about an author’s writing process….


  3. Kendra Larkins says:

    Omg I can not wait it is killing me! I hate it because I listened to the previous 2 books and can’t seem to pick up on any new books.


  4. lolafig787 says:

    This trilogy has captured my heart in so many ways and is going to be so hard to read the last book but I can’t wait!! Thank you for the chance to win!


    • Nymerias says:

      I am looking forward to it as well, very much so. Your welcome. Good luck to you and (everyone else entered) on winning Diana’s commonplace book and button!


  5. Natalie says:

    So excited for this final installment and the hopes of getting my hands on a Commonplace book! So far everything is looking like it is running smooth.


  6. Brandy Ramm says:

    So excited for this book!! I came late to the series, but once I found it I have been in love!!


  7. northwoman says:

    I’m so looking forward to this book I enjoyed the first book more than the second one but I am excited for this one. The rafflecopter worked fine for me.


    • Nymerias says:

      Thank you for letting me know you had no problem with the widget. I was concerned about that. I am excited for this final book. I think it will be very exciting!


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