The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness, review by Wendy Ward
I'm not going to lie - the books in Deborah Harkness' All Souls Trilogy are
my favorites! After waiting with excited anticipation for The Book of Life -
the third novel in the trilogy to be released this week - I was fortunate to
receive an advance copy of the book from the publisher. I was a little
nervous about it - I'm' often disappointed in the final book of a trilogy - but
oh my goodness! The Book of Life is BY FAR my favorite book of the three
(and I LOVED the first two).
I don't want to rehash the publisher's summary, but Harkness does an amazing
job of answering every question you might have about Diana, Matthew and
their families. Their search for the mysterious book Ashmole 782 and its
missing pages becomes tantamount in understanding what witches have known for
centuries and how to save their futures. Diana's powers as a weaver are
described and become much stronger in this book- she comes to understand
what this means. The story is set in Matthew's Sept - Tours Chateau in the
present day. Matthew and Diana deal with problems brewing among the vampire
family combined with issues raised by Diana's advancing pregnancy which has
upset the Congregation of Vampires, Witches and Daemons.
Even though it's been two years since Shadow of the Night, you'll have no
problem slipping back into the story line and seeing how things are settled
with Benjamin was defiantly worth the wait! There's plenty of action,
suspense, an awesome plot and endearing characters to keep you turning the
pages and reading well into the night!