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"The Book of Life" Book Review

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Chrissy has been a avid read and enjoys sharing her opinions of books with others


The Review

The Book of Life is the third book in the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. It is time to finish the war that had begun; only this time our characters find that the amount of people backing them is more than expected. As Diana and Mathew continue trying to take down the existing laws and all they stand for, they gain a huge occasion to celebrate, two new infants, who prove that everything that was once known was wrong and begins to put everyone else into questioning mindsets. With their new information and better understandings about each other and themselves from their previous adventures, Diana and Mathew begin the tedious task of going against century old laws in a very direct way that has their family and friends concerned and willing to fight alongside them, especially when the darkest secret has to be faced once and for all.

Like its predecessors before it, The Book of Life is a well-written book that causes emotions to rise to the surface. Harkness is able to cause the feeling of urgency making the reader want to read faster because it could save a life or change a policy that is in place and needs to be changed. I find this to be surprising and often a bit anxiety ridden because I had grown attached to the characters and hated to feel like danger was around the corner and nothing was going to stop it. And though the book was fast paced and kept me turning pages, I find that I wish a little more time would have been given to some characters in the Congregation. I feel it would have helped the story out a bit, though it would have probably added more pages to the already 500+ page book.

I really enjoyed how the character grew and thought that it did finish the story up with a nice red bow. I could see smaller novels or other adventures the main characters could embark on, but even without it I don’t mind. It was very entertaining. It brought up some major questions into view on survival of creature of all kinds and even answered questions on how vampires, witches and daemons are connected in this storyline. The ideas that The Book of Life present to the reader, helps them appreciate life as it is and really begin to gain some prespective of that of what we question more often than not. Even though it is fiction and these creatures don’t exist, you once again wonder if maybe it could happen. And if it did happen and was happening around us now, would it be like what this delicious story had us to see, or would it be something else.

Though the book kept me thinking and exploring ideas that stemmed off its vision, I find that I am questioning a few smaller details of the characters, even though it had revealed some of those answers, I felt like it could’ve been elaborated on to give the reader a better idea on how the main characters came up with this solution or explanation. Even with the few critiques I have mention, I still rather enjoyed the book and found that only after putting a ton of deep thought into it did I find any issues to begin with.

I would recommend The Book of Life to anyone who has read the first two books in the trilogy. It would create a ton of confusion if you just picked this book up and started reading it without the prior knowledge from the first two books in the All Souls Trilogy. I would rate this book 3 stars out of 4 stars.

Additional Information: All Souls Trilogy

The Book of Life is the third and final book in the All Souls Trilogy. Over all the trilogy ran smoothly and kept you entertained. I believe that Harkness could have gone more into other things relating to the daemons and other aspects in the trilogy, but was overall impressed. I do find that this book has made me think about our lives and other aspects that make me want to question things around us and why certain things haven't been done. However, I will leave that for another day.

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I definitely recommend the trilogy to all those interested in a new look on witches, daemons, and vampires with a twist on how they could co-exist along side of us. It is heavily about a couple who go against laws in place well before they were together.

I would rate the All Souls Trilogy 4 stars out of 5 stars. Overall, it is a pretty good trilogy, but I would have loved the ideas presented in this book and would have loved to have the different ideas elaborated on more. For example, I would love to have seen more into the life of the daemons in the book and a little more information on certain side characters that didn't get a whole lot of background while others would flourish. I do hope to see that an off series is created for the different other characters that could have a better light shone on their life styles and how they conduct themselves in the world that they live in. That would truly be a sight to see.

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