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Review: The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy Book #3)

The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy Book #3)
Author: Deborah Harkness
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Release Date: July 15, 2014
Audiobook: 23 hours and 52 minutes
Narrator:  Jennifer Ikeda
Source: Purchased from

Book Description

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.


It's really, really hard to write a review about the last book in a series without any spoilers but I am going to try my best.  If you haven't read book two yet just know the saga of finding Ashmole 782 aka The Book of Life continue with a not so dramatic end.  Diana Bishop (the witch) and Matthew Clairmont (the vampire) are still on the hunt for the Book of Life along with several other demons, vampires and witches.  If you read my review of Shadow of Night then you will know I am not thrilled with the series so far and this final book was just more of the same.  There are still way to many characters and there are still way to many locations.  The author is a great writer but I just feel like the book was...crowded!  No really this book is just so jammed packed with information about blood disease; genetic mapping of demons, witches and vampires; back stories of characters; old characters coming back and new characters introduced; family name changes; location changes on every other chapter and now the main character is changing herself.  Lord, it is a ton to keep up with.  I honestly thought about seeing if the physical book had maps and family trees in it to help the reader keep all of this straight. 
I should talk a bit about other stuff like storyline and characters.  But the overwhelming feeling I got took the words out of my brain.  I liked the bits of snarky humor here and there and the references to regular married couple life.  
Oh that reminds this YA?  There is some hot sex going on here and there that I thought was a bit much for the YA crowd.   
As for the grand finale of the series it was interesting and yet a bit uneventful.  I was hoping something complete AMAZING would happen.  Something cool happened but nothing over the top (in my opinion) and it did not just end.  It feels like there could be a book #4 from the way the book ended or a whole new spin-off series based on some of the newer characters.     

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I recommend this book to older teens due to sex and some violence.


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