Saturday, July 19, 2014

Review of The Book Of Life-book three in the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness

When A Discovery of Witches first came out in the winter of 2011 the first thing that caught my eye was the fabulous cover  but what was inside was the first fantasy I'd read in a long time that totally captured me and this 579 page book held me in thrall.

Click HERE to see my review

So when in the summer of 2012 I was prepared to not like it as much and I was wrong and was totally blown away in this second book of her trilogy.

Like the first book this one was long 592 pages but the pages just flew and I hardly noticed until I was at the end and wanted more.
And it's not just one thing about this mini-series that captured me but everything, from the historical detail to the fantastical yet recognizable world building. From the over the top characters and we can't forget the utter perfection of her dialogue that made this the incredible page-turner it was.
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So it was pretty much a no brainer that I had to get my hands on the last book in the trilogy and Penguin was kind enough to send me a galley with the stipulation that it not be reviewed until close to release day which almost killed me but I prevailed.

And I was once again willingly drawn right into the pages of this 592 page nail biter, rich and poignant and hopeful and brilliant.
And I'm happy to bring you my review of The Book Of Life

  • ISBN-13: 9780525427803
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/15/2014
  • Series: All Souls Trilogy , #3
  • Pages: 592

Series overview:
Diana Bishop always knew she was a witch but until she found an ancient, enchanted text in a university library and met a devastatingly handsome vampire she didn't know both would be her destiny.

The Book of Life:
Diana and Matthew have returned from their successful time-walking, name-dropping journey of the 16th century married and Diana improbably pregnant with twins only to find tragedy and turmoil waiting for them in the 21st. It seems their time away left more unanswered questions about the ancient text they went to the past to investigate. Its now more important than ever to find The Book of Life and discover its secrets because it may be the only thing that will save their own family but it also may hold the secrets of all the earths creatures.

The Book of Life is an amazing end to Deborah Harknesss All Souls Trilogy. She continues to manipulate history and expertly mixes science and fantasy.  Her mastery of words is again evident in her mellifluous narrative showing her skillful blend of prose and conversation and she doesnt ignore the extreme importance of the minutia and the mundane. Her eclectic blend of fantastical, mythical and fanatical characters is supremely portrayed and will not be soon forgotten once the story ends.
The trilogy is intricately interlaced and should be read in order.
Deborah you
ve brought me along as a willing traveler on this incredible journey and I cant wait to see where we travel to next.

Deborah Harkness
 is the number one New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night. A history professor at the University of Southern California, Harkness has received Fulbright, Guggenheim, and National Humanities Center fellowships. She lives in Los Angeles.

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  1. I think I held my breath while reading your review because I was so nervous about what you would say about it. I adore this trilogy and it is always hard to read negative things about something you love. ;) So glad you loved this too!!

    1. LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it Kindlemom.
      I'm just amazed since I started reviewing editorially how short my reviews are :)

  2. I've been hearing some good reviews for this book, which makes me so happy because I really enjoyed the series so far. I haven't read The Book of Life yet but I'm completely dying to get the chance to.
    Monique @ Mo_Books

    1. Oh, come back and tell us what you think Monique :)
      thanks for commenting!

  3. I'm listening to The Book of Life now. I'm at 92% and expect to finish today. It is quite the nail biter, for sure.

    1. It really is Melanie, do you think it lived up to all it's hype?