Review: The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

Posted July 20, 2014 by Charlotte in Reviews / 1 Comment

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

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

Review: The Book of Life by Deborah HarknessThe Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
Series: All Souls Trilogy #3
Published by Headline on July 15, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Historical, Romance
Pages: 592
Format: Arc
Source: Publisher
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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.

Why is it that when a book is really good, it is a struggle to review it? To explain what makes it so good? In the epic conclusion of The All Souls Trilogy, Deborah Harkness has managed to save the best till last with The Book of Life.

All our favourite characters from A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night combine forces, minus a few exceptions – well there was always going to be casualties. Everyone – in their own way – is fighting to protect their family both present and future.

The supporting cast offer heart-touching moments and are a reminder of what it is that Diana and Matthew wish to achieve. There is loveable and loyal Gallowglass, no-nonsense Sarah, queen Ysabeau. As well as a host of newcomers which weave vampires, witches, deamons and humans together. All of them, helping with Diana’s difficult pregnancy, and the race against time to unlock  the secrets of Ashmole 782 and defeat the bad guy.

The love story may be a key element to the book but is the quest of Diana and Matthew that push the book forward. The quest not only for the Book of Life and its secrets but also the protection of all creatures and the extent of Diana’s powers.

The Book of Life is a satisfying conclusion over what the Book of Life actually is, as well as the secrets it contains. I have to be honest, I am disappointed that this series is over. Perhaps in the future I can be hopeful that Harkness may decide in the future to delve once again into this world. Once again Harkness has managed to create a world  filled with not only love and romance but action and history. With characters you can love and hate, but always understand and relate to. This is an unforgettable book, with brilliant characters. Does it really have to end?

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