I received this book for free from Library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
Published by Viking Adult Pages: 561
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Also by this author: A Discovery of Witches , Shadow of Night , Time's Convert
The #1 New York Times bestselling series finale and sequel to A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night
Bringing the magic and suspense of the All Souls Trilogy to a deeply satisfying conclusion, this highly anticipated finale went straight to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. In The Book of Life, Diana and Matthew time-travel back from Elizabethan London to make a dramatic return to the present—facing new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home, Sept-Tours, they reunite with the beloved 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.
It’s time for us to wrap up the All Souls Trilogy and I think I have a book hangover! I never get those but man I didn’t want this to end and keep wanting to pick it up forgetting I finished it. 🙁 After you check out my ramblings go see what Barb had to say about it I bet her thoughts are not as rambly as mine. 😉
Here is what I thought
I am so happy to have finished the All Souls Trilogy but at the same time I am very sad! I loved this trilogy so much!
So many things happen in The Book of Life and since it’s the ending book I can’t really say to much for fear of spoiling things so I will probably talk about the characters and how much I loved or loathed them. 🙂 Many things have happened between Diana first meeting Matthew and discovering the book of life and how she seemed to be the only one who could call it up.
Diana is such a great character and I love the change that happened to her from the beginning to the end. She is such a strong character but she wasn’t fond of magic and tried to pass herself off as human but after meeting Matthew and everything that happened with her calling up ashmole 782 and finding it bewitched and that it seems every creatures wants it, she had to look at magic differently. The more she finds out about the magic inside her and who she is the more she can embrace her magical side and you don’t want to make her made!
I absolutely adore Matthew! He went through some changes as well since meeting Diana and finding his mate. His blood rage makes him more prone to being overprotective and he learned to control it so that he could do what he needed to do and involved being seperated from her for a bit. I love that he finally takes a stand when it comes to his brother and works towards helping his other family members with blood rage.
I felt so bad for Gallowglass who is Matthew’s nephew and the person who has watched over Diana for a long time and his longings for a woman he can’t have. (He needs his own story!) He just makes me think of a hulking Scottish teddy bear and I love him.
Diana’s aunt Sarah has also come a long way from her views on vampires to being in a family mixed with vampires and warmbloods. Something tragic happens, so sad and it is a vampire who helps her through this tragedy and I really liked that even though I hate what happened.
Ysabeau is a character that I really didn’t like much in the first book but then I grew to love her so much. She is Matthew’s mother and a vampire you do not want to tangle with! She is a hardcore character!
I must also mention Baldwin because the author did something I didn’t think was possible in the end she actually made me not hate him as much as I did before. I mean I loathed him he is horrible but in the end he came through for Matthew and Diana and well I still don’t like him but I don’t hate him either.
There are a lot more characters that I love and I could go on and on but I will just mention one more. He is a new addition from this book and it’s Diana’s best friend Chris! He is human and takes finding about creatures pretty much with a grain of salt and he cracks me up!
I really loved how the showdown at the end with the bad creatures vs good creatures and how they all worked together to achieve what that wanted. The author has a great imagination when it comes to vampires, witches and daemons and the amount of thought that went into this who trilogy is great.
I have enjoyed each book in the trilogy but I think I enjoyed this one the most as it was great seeing how everything was wrapping up and the race against time at the end and the taking down of the bad guys who I detested.
I highly recommend this trilogy and can’t wait to dive into the companion novel set in the All Souls Universe called Time Convert and can’t wait for her to write more!