Title: The Book of Life
Author: Deborah Harkness
Series: All Souls Trilogy
Previous Book(s) Review(s):
1. A Discovery of Witches
2. Shadow of Night
Date Started: January 6
Date Finished: January 12
Format: Hardcover from my own shelf
Diana and Matthew are back from their time walk, but not everything is as they left it and they aren’t the same either. Emily – Diana’s aunt – was killed while she was away by Peter Knox. Diana is also pregnant with Matthew’s twins. But that isn’t all that’s causing a controversy. Marcus has taken on a human mate – the beautiful Phoebe who we met in Shadow of Night. Baldwin can sense Phillipe’s blood oath on Diana and is not too keen on accepting the witch into his family. Not for the reasons one might think though. And it turns out that Peter Knox and the Congregation might not be their only enemies. With all this going on maybe Diana and Matthew should have stayed in the sixteenth century.
They can’t go back now, not when the family is in need of them. The Book of Life’s missing pages must be found and Benjamin – Matthew’s deranged son – must be stopped from continuing on in his pursuit of breeding.
So much happened in this book, that it was really hard for me to keep track of everything. Obviously Diana’s endgame was to put The Book of Life back together and learn what was inside it. After tracking down the two missing pages, she does just that – but as the goddess warned her, with a price. Baldwin does finally go about in accepting Diana as one of his family and the way that he does it kind of brought a smile to my face. Matthew finally reveals his condition of blood rage to everyone and the knowledge that it is hereditary. This causes a nice little side plot of going to New Haven and figuring out in a lab – run by Diana’s best friend Chris – if there is possibly a cure. What they come up with instead is definitely not what I suspected. We are reunited with the character of Gallowglass who was always good for a few laughs in the last book. However, in this one, I was glad to see him, but at the same time I wasn’t. His character took a really strange turn and entered a weak love triangle that I wasn’t too intrigued about. Isn’t it possible for two people to care for each other without deeper meaning being involved?
Another thing that I really liked about this book was Diana growing into her powers as a witch and trusting other witches. She’s come a long way since A Discovery of Witches when she wouldn’t join in in her coven’s attempts to include her. She now jumps at the opportunity and the friendships she creates while doing so is a beautiful thing. As for the villains…well, we always knew that Peter Knox was an evil, evil dude. But to have him join up with an even more evil creature in Benjamin was just downright scary.
Final Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. This book was a satisfying conclusion to a really good series. Everything got tied up neatly and I can honestly see a spin off coming that features Diana and Matthew’s children.
Bookshelf worthy? I own a copy and I’m glad that I do.