Posts Tagged ‘Deborah Harkness’

I usually do Book Beginnings posts every other Thursday, but I stumbled upon a new book a couple of weeks ago that I wanted to share with you.  While C & I were on vacation, we were shopping at Target and I spied a new release that finishes a trilogy I have read and really enjoyed.  The name of the book is “The Book of Life” and it is written by Deborah Harkness.  The first books were “A Discovery of Witches” and “Shadow of Night”. 

Here are the first lines:

“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.”

Doesn’t that make you just want to jump into the story and let it take off with you? I think I sped-read through this book because I wanted to know how Ms. Harkness pulled together all of the story lines into one grand conclusion and it is one GRAND conclusion!  The characters are smart and complicated in their own ways, but the writer makes you care for (almost) all of them for different reasons.  If you like fantasy fiction, please give this trilogy a go.  You won’t be disappointed.

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It is time for another edition of Book Beginnings!  Join me and other bloggers over at Rose City Reader for this great literary link party which will go live tomorrow.  Today I am bringing you the first couple of lines from Deborah Harkness’s follow-up to “A Discovery of Witches” called “Shadow of Night”.

"We arrived in an undignified heap of witch and vampire.  Matthew was underneath me, his long limbs bent into an uncharacteristically awkward position.  A large book was squashed between us, and the force of our landing sent the small silver figurine clutched in my hand sailing across the floor."

These words make you wonder just where they arrived and what the significance of the objects mentioned are.  You will just have to read the book to find out.  This is the second book in the All Souls trilogy and I can’t wait for the finale!

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