Review: The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness


Rating: ☆☆☆
Title: The Book of Life
Author: Deborah Harkness
Series: All Souls Trilogy #3
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Audience: Adult
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Jennifer Ikeda
Length: 24 hours (561 pages)
Publisher: Viking Adult; Recorded Books
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Source: Library
Content Warnings: rape, torture, child abuse, reference to pregnancy loss


Bringing the magic and suspense of the All Souls Trilogy to a deeply satisfying conclusion, this highly anticipated finale went straight to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. In The Book of Life, Diana and Matthew time-travel back from Elizabethan London to make a dramatic return to the present—facing new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home, Sept-Tours, they reunite with the beloved 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.


Finally, this moderately interesting series comes to an end. I loved the concept and lore of this series, but I was consistently underwhelmed by the plot and characters. I was more invested in the characters by this final book, and it was my favorite of the series because WE FINALLY LEARNED THE SECRETS OF THE MANUSCRIPT! The pacing was still off; the plot would get super focused on one thing, then almost completely drop it to focus on the next thing. This book took some dark and strange turns. I don’t think it’s worth the hype, but I’m glad I finished this series.

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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