Tuesday, July 15, 2014

0 Spoiler-free review of The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

Title: The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy #3)
Author: Deborah Harkness
Publisher: Viking
Published: July 15, 2014
ISBN13: 9780670025596
Ebook, ARC
Genre: Fantasy
Source: NetGalley






Goodreads Summary:
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.

My thoughts:
I have been looking forward to and dreading this book at the same time. After I finished the last book, Shadow of Night, I waited with baited breath until the release of The Book of Life. I also dreaded it because this is the last book in the trilogy. No more Diana. No more Mathew. No more Gallowglass. These characters that I've grown to love fates' will be revealed in this last installment

From the first book Harkness has taken her readers on a journey. In A Discovery of Witches we meet Diana Bishop. A witch who wants nothing to do with being a witch. She meets the seductive vampire, Mathew Clairmont and from there her life gets more complicated. Not to mention she's found an elusive book, Ashmole 782, that has been sought after by practically every creature. In Shadow of Night, Diana embraces her heritage. With Matthew at her side, she travels back in time to hone her craft. In this third book, Diana and Matthew return to the present with many difficulties ahead of them.

From the first page of the book, I was drawn back into the world that Harkness has created. Matthew and Diana arrive back to a mound full of trouble. Not only is Diana and Matthew's relationship against all sort of rules, but Diana is pregnant with twins. Which are of interest to an innumerable amount of people. Also they're still on the lookout for the missing pages of Ashmole 782. Plus many more problems. So many loose ends to tie up in this book! 

I feel like I have been on an exhausting journey with these characters. From the first book to the last I was highly entertained. As I drew close to the ending of this book, I wondered how it was all going to go down. Harkness had me on the edge of my seat. I'm happy with the ending. I think many of her readers will be. I'm sad to see this trilogy at an end. I'm not ready to say goodbye to these characters. But alas, it's time to. I thoroughly enjoyed this series. Thanks, Deborah Harkness!

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