Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Book of Life

Deborah Harkness

The highly anticipated finale to the #1 New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with A Discovery of Witches

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.

With more than one million copies sold in the United States and appearing in thirty-eight foreign editions, A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night have landed on all of the major bestseller lists and garnered rave reviews from countless publications. Eagerly awaited by Harkness’s legion of fans, The Book of Life brings this superbly written series to a deeply satisfying close. (from Netgalley)

My Thoughts

It was with a bit of trepidation that i started this, the third and final installment in the All Souls Trilogy. I so enjoyed the first two books and could only hope that the author would end the story of Diana and Matthew in a way that was meaningful.

The Book of Life met all my expectations and more! Diana and Matthew’s love story is put to the test as they battle to break the covenant that could deny their being together and put their children in harms way. There was some great suspense and lots of action.

I have to honestly say that now that all three books are out, I can see myself rereading this trilogy. I enjoyed it that much. I rarely say that about one book, much less a trilogy. So for me, this says a lot.

I am eternally grateful to Penguin Group/Viking, via Netgalley, for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

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