Sunday, March 1, 2015

Review: The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

The highly anticipated finale to the #1 New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with A Discovery of Witches. 

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.

Received for review.

Having read and enjoyed the first two books in the trilogy I approached this with some hesitation, hoping that it would fulfill my hopes and provide a satisfying resolution to the story.  Thankfully the author delivered beautifully on everything that had been promised in previous books.  This was a genuinely satisfying conclusion to the trilogy.

Despite having close to six hundred pages and weighing enough to cause a serious bruise if you drop it on your toe this was a nicely paced read.  The action and desire to see how it all ended had me flipping the pages as fast as I could read them.  

As with the first two books this was beautifully written.  Fans of the series should find this just as enjoyable.  I certainly recommend it.

★★★★ = Really Liked It

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