The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness is coming to paperback on May 26, 2015. The Book of Life is the third book in the All Souls Trilogy, which features a witch, a vampire, and a plot that revolves around an old book that mysteriously appears in Oxford’s library. I enjoyed this trilogy tremendously, and am delighted to be able to help spread the word about the series by offering a giveaway of Diana’s Commonplace Book, which is featured in the story. The contest is open to US entrants only, and the prize is provided by the publisher. If you’re interested, please use the Rafflecopter below!
I always find it fascinating to be able to look behind the scenes and get insight into what inspires an author to write the way that they do. That’s why I’m also happy to be able to share the following Spotify playlist of music that Deborah Harkness listened to while coming up with the story. (The existence of an actual playlist shows that the author is a much more organized person than I am; I tend to jump from artist to artist at a whim rather than sitting down and creating a coherent list of songs that go well together.)
About The Book of Life
THE BOOK OF LIFE is the highly-anticipated final installment of the bestselling All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness (Viking; On-sale: July 15, 2014; $28.95). The trilogy began with A Discovery of Witches which People magazine called, “A wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter or Twilight”. The sequel Shadow of Night debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, and the Miami Herald called it, “Enchanting, engrossing and as impossible to put down as its predecessor…a perfect blend of fantasy, history and romance.” In total, over one million copies have been sold in the States with publications following in 38 countries, leaving legions of fans eagerly awaiting THE BOOK OF LIFE, the satisfying conclusion to this superbly written series.
THE BOOK OF LIFE picks up right where Shadow of Night left off. After traveling through time, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to continue their hunt for the magical alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782, otherwise known as the Book of Life. At Matthew’s ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with one significant exception—ready to face old enemies. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for the Book of Life and its missing pages takes on even more urgency. In the trilogy’s final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and forbidden 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.
About Deborah Harkness
Deborah Harkness is the number one New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night. A history professor at the University of Southern California, Harkness has received Fulbright, Guggenheim, and National Humanities Center fellowships. Her publications include works on the history of science, magic, and alchemy. Her most recent scholarly book is The Jewel House: Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution. She lives in Los Angeles.