Friday, January 10, 2014

Cover Reveal and Excerpt for The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy) by Deborah Harkness

Mulluane | Friday, January 10, 2014 | 7 Comments so far
Due to the generosity of Penguin Group I have been given the opportunity to do a cover reveal with an excerpt for the final book in Deborah Harkness’s All Souls Trilogy, THE BOOK OF LIFE – coming out courtesy of Viking on July 15, 2014. 

The Book Of Life is the eagerly awaited conclusion to the New York Times bestselling trilogy that started with A Discovery of Witches. The first book in the trilogy A Discovery of Witches was an immediate phenomenon, with film rights selling to Warner Brothers, and the second book The Shadow of Night was a #1 New York Times bestseller. For more information about the stunning conclusion to this trilogy, see below or check out

And without further ado, here is some cover candy for you!

Cover Reveal of The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness


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 and translations, 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. (Source: Goodreads)

About the Author:

Deborah Harkness is a scholar and writer specializing in the history of science and medicine. She has received numerous awards, including Fulbright, Guggenheim, and National Humanities Center fellowships. Currently a professor of history at the University of Southern California, her most recent academic publication is The Jewel House: Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution. (Source Penguin Group)


Ghosts didn’t have much substance; they were composed only of 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.

It had been her witch’s sixth sense that someone was in mortal peril that had steered Emily down the path leading to this moment. But the death she had foreseen was her own.

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.

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.

Perhaps it will be easier when they don’t need us anymore, Philippe said more gently. 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.

Diana’s warm alto floated up to the battlements.

Diana and Matthew, Emily and Philippe said in unison, peering down on the cobbled courtyard that surrounded the ch√Ęteau.

There, Philippe said, pointing at the drive.

Even dead, his vampire sight was sharper than any human’s. He was also still more handsome 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 so Emily expected to see the same black hair, so dark it glinted blue; the same celadon 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? . . . Diana looks different, too. More like her mother, with that long coppery hair.

Diana stumbled on a cobblestone and Matthew’s hand shot out to steady her.

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 supernatural grasp of truth that death afforded.

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

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

Diana has always resisted change, Emily said.

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

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♦ Credits ♦

From The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness. Reprinted by arrangement with Viking, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, a Penguin Random House company. Copyright © Deborah Harkness, 2014.

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  1. This looks intriguing. I haven't tried the series yet. I've had a disgustingly poor success rate with contemporary fantasy outside of juvenile literature. {lop-sided smile}

    Fortunately, this looks popular enough, the library might very well help. {Hopeful Smile}

    Anne Elizabeth Baldwin

    1. I normally avoid Vampires except for Anne Rice. I read all of her Vampire books and some of the Witch ones. Once I saw this compared to those my interest perked up. With me it has alot to do with how historical a series is. Give me enough history (and note the Author's Bio) and I can read contemporary fantasy. Just keep forays into this world at a bare minimum.

    2. I avoid vampires, too. The nasty ones are too nasty, and the rest are usually not enough like vampires, if that makes sense. {Smile}

      History helps me, too. I have a much better success rate with historical fantasy than contemporary non-juvenile fantasy. {Smile}

      Anne Elizabeth Baldwin

  2. Oo, thanks for posting this! My mum loves this trilogy so she's going to be pumped :D

    1. Sweet! This was my first cover reveal... ever. I'm all pumped myself!

  3. I am so excited for this! This is my favorite contemporary fantasy series out right now. Love the cover art too. Good job on the reveal.

    1. Thanks for the kind words! And for stopping by :>)


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