Review: The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

thebookoflifeSeries: All Souls Trilogy #3
Published by: Headline
ISBN: 0755384776
ISBN 13: 9780755384778
Published: July 2014
Pages: 592
Format reviewed: Paperback
Site: Author Site
Goodreads: Book Page
Stars: Four out of Five

‘The Book of Life’ by Deborah Harkness is the third in the All Souls trilogy, a series I unfortunately haven’t been able to read yet! After reading this though, I’ll certainly be going back to the start to read them in order.

This is the final installment in the All Souls series, and we see Diana and Matthew return to present time after their time in 15th century Europe and their search of ‘The Book of Life’. Their return feels weighty because things have not paused while they were away, so they come back to hear of what has happened – deaths and challenges – and must face the results of what happened.

Other characters not seen for a while also return, and even if I haven’t read of them before there is a huge sense of fun and happiness to see everything come together once more.

It’s hard to say much more about this novel because a lot of it would be considered spoilers – all I can say is that there are battles and creatures, a lot of action and heartache, moment of magic and beauty, and it all comes together in a weave of wondrous acclaim. It seems this book has been a long time coming, and it feels like a satisfying end – one that would always leave you wishing there was more to come, but more as a sign of good writing and engaging characters, rather than loose threads.

I hope that after I’ve read the first two books, I’ll return and expand on this review!

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