2015/06/18

Book Review:
The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

Title: The Book of Life
Author: Deborah Harkness
Published: 2014
Language: English
Pages: 561
Rating: 3/5

This is the third and final book in the All Souls trilogy. You can read my review of the first A Discovery of Witches or the second Shadow of Night.

As this is the third book in a series, this review will contain some spoilers.


Summary:
After having traveled through time, Diana and Matthew are back in the present. In ancestral homes, libraries and university labs, the search for the Book of Life and it's missing pages continues, finally revealing what the witches discovered so long ago.


Review:
At last, I've read the final book in this trilogy. As with the previous books, there were some parts I adored and others I didn't care for.

My previous complaints have very much surrounded the love aspect of this story and how much space it takes. In this, it didn't bother as much, though I still find their relationship to be a bit over-the-top. I have, having read three books about Diana and Matthew now, grown somewhat fond of them.

What I liked most about this story is learning more about the origin of the creatures, though I wished we got more in-depth information about this. The whole trilogy is about finding out the answer to this mystery, and yet I found the answer to be a bit anti-climatic. Not because of what that answer was, but because there was so much else going on that it felt like a very small thing.

What bothered me most about this book was that I found the story to be a bit long and some parts to be dragged out. It also took me a while to get invested in the story again, even though it hasn't been that long since I read the last one.

It was a good conclusion to the trilogy. I would recommend these books if you enjoy romance, history, witches and vampires.

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And again... endpapers!


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