Saturday, July 26, 2014

Review: The Book of Life

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.

I can't even right now.  It can't be over.  It just can't.  WHY IS IT OVER?!?!?

The All Souls Trilogy has been an all time favorite for me and I was excited and equally grief stricken to finally be reading the last installment.  I have to say, I am so very happy with the last book, even though I'm crushed to see it go.  If you were an outsider looking in on my life, you would have laughed to see me stalling with The Book of Life.  I usually devour books, like a hyena to a wildebeest, but this reading session was akin to the start/stop of a beginner driver who guns the gas and then breaks for dear life.  

I'll admit it, the second book in the series wasn't my favorite.  It had just a touch of Second Story Slump.  While Shadow of Night was good for many reasons, detailed historical settings and witchy discoveries, I couldn't shake feeling disconnected from Diana and Matthew.  It was that absence of lush and raw feeling that I sorely missed from the first book, so I was a bit nervous to see how the dynamic would play out in the final installment.  The third book felt so much like a circle being completed but with the characters coming into their own as powerful beings.  We wound up where we started, with globe trotting adventures, high stakes, science and history collision, and Matthew and Diana battling against the powers that be.   It.  Was.  Awesome.  It was epic.  It was everything a final book should be.  I have a feeling my mourning period will be long and wistful.

This Goth Girl Gives It

-This family was more fun when we had fewer medical degrees.

-"Dark doesn't have to mean evil," Sarah said.  "Is the new moon evil?"

-But the sun always rises the next morning.  Fairy tales don't tell you much about what happens to star-crossed lovers in the bright light of day, but somehow you have to figure out how to be happy.

-If you truly love someone, you will cherish what they despise most about themselves.

-Hearts cannot be broken, Diana.  And only love makes us truly immortal.  Don't forget, ma lionne.  No matter what happens.

-I see you, even when you hide from the rest of the world.  I hear you, even when you're silent.

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