Book Review: The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness


Book Description

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.

Book Review

Ashmole 782, The Book of Life, sounds like a bible.  I guess in a way it is.  It’s an enchanted alchemical manuscript that holds the truth about all supernatural beings. Witch, Diana Bishop, and vampire, Matthew Clairmont, are now mated and are back from the past, where they went in search of the books missing pages. They have not found all the missing pages but they are one step closer.  The problem is, they are not the only ones searching and past deeds are now coming to light. The book not only holds great power but it can tell you where daemons, witches and even vampires came from.  It might even shed some light of how blood rage came to be and how Matthew and Diana were able to conceive where no vampire can. The dangers the De Clermont and Bishops are facing are growing stronger every day but so is their love for each other and their growing family.  Will that be enough?

It was a two year wait for the final installment. It didn’t necessarily pick up where book two left off. However, once you got started you were able to follow along without missing a beat. The trilogy itself was very creative and intriguing. The love of Matthew and Diana was apparent throughout the whole story as well as the love for their whole family.

All the characters had a story to tell, whether it was science, history, their romantic interludes or magic itself.  The story was intricately woven together just like the weaving magic of Dianna Bishop.

I highly recommend the whole series

5 stars



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