Jul 152014
Review: The Book of LifeThe Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy #3) by Deborah Harkness
Published by Viking Books on Jul 15, 2014
Genres: Adult, Paranormal
Format: eARC from Netgalley
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Rating: four-stars

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.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The trilogy finale is here, and it’s the best book of the series. Picking up right where the second book stops, this story is all about Diana, her powers, and Ashmole 782.

I was worried about whether I would like this volume as I adored the second one, and I credited it to the historical setting. My worries were for naught as this story was utterly captivating. With the focus on Diana’s babies, her powers, and her final search for The Book of Life, there were plenty of situations that demanded attention.

Diana spends a great deal of time still growing into her powers, and her new role as mother-to-be and Matthew’s wife. This shift in her life is one that most mothers understand, and her constant mental reviews and concerns are very believable. The overall focus on family in this book is very rewarding, and heartwarming.

I never liked Matthew in the previous books, but he finally started to worm his way into my affections in this book. It may be due to his reduced presence, or his final acceptance of Diana as a powerful woman, but regardless, I’m glad that I learned to like him by the end of the series.

Overall, this was a great story, and a great way to end the trilogy. Of course, now I’m interested in what happens next, and don’t want this to be the end of Diana and Matthew’s family adventures. There is just so much more that could happen, and I want to read it all.

  2 Responses to “Review: The Book of Life”

  1. Wow! I just realized I have not visited your blog in ages!!!
    I am so sorry.

    Well I read the first two books. But to be honest they were just so freakin long!… and its been so long since I read the last one I don’t remember at all what was going one! – that I was going to skip this one!
    But… ugh! Now you have me wanting to read it!
    So well gee, thanks for that :-/

    • Definitely very long books. It took me a bit to remember everything that was going on, but the length worked to help that. I found the series got better as it went, which was nice.

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