Book Review: The Book Of Life (The All Souls Trilogy #3) by Deborah Harkness

“To every question I have ever had, or ever will have, you are the answer.”

Published in 2014 and the third book in Deborah Harkness‘s All Souls Trilogy, The Book Of Life sees 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 their family and friends.

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 as the couple will at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.


After absolutely loving A Discovery of Witches and enjoying Shadow of Night, I was eager to read the final book in the trilogy and finally get some answers about Ashmole 782.

Die-hard fans of this series seem to have been let down by this final book, and I agree that there are a few areas that are still left unclear, and not all of the answers are as shocking as you would expect with the very lengthy build-up. Maybe because I didn’t have to wait years for a final sequel, having read these books over three months, and maybe because I’ve been watching the TV adaptation alongside reading, but I feel like it rounded everything up really well.

Most of all, I loved this series for its fantastic characters, and this instalment definitely delivers on that front, with many blasts from the past returning with some massive twists in their wake.

So much about this book blew my mind, and I feel like Diana and Matthew gave me everything I wanted from them. Overall, this was a brilliantly written and atmospheric series. I’m definitely going to miss these characters and their chemistry, and I already feel like I need another classic vampire story to fill the fantasy void that this is sure to leave in my reading habits.


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