Book Review: The Book of Life (Re-Read)

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Author: Deborah Harkness

All Soul’s Trilogy #3

Re-Read, pages: 561

Goodreads Synopsis: 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.

Review: I’ve finally finished re-reading The All Soul’s Trilogy and while I wasn’t a huge fan of the middle story (review here), I was a fan of The Book of Life. PS — the cover of this book is the reason I read the series in the first place. I actually saw this cover multiple times at the bookstore and it always caught my eye. The story once again picks up where the last ends, with a cliff hanger that has the reader eager to know what happens. I love that in this story not only do the characters grow, they grow together and they do this at times by themselves and not always with each other. Something, that in life I think is really important. There’s more mystery and suspense in The Book of Life than Shadow of Night, in fact it reminds me more of A Discovery of Witches and I think that’s why I like enjoyed it. Is it better than A Discovery of Witches? No, but it’s a satisfying ending to the Trilogy — with respect, love, honor, and loyalty. Let’s not forget, while this entire story deals with Ashmole 782, it also deals with the segregation of different “species” — humans, vampires, witches and daemons, and how to overcome that segregation, there is definitely more meaning to this story than a love story or a mystery but coming together as one.

Overall Rating: 4/5 stars

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