The Book of Life

Deborah Harkness. Viking, $28.95 (560p) ISBN 978-0-670-02559-6
In the final installment of Harkness’s All Souls Trilogy (after Shadow of Night), witch historian Diana Bishop and her vampiric husband, Matthew Clairmont, freshly returned to the present from their sojourn in Elizabethan England, have ample challenges to contend with. They still seek the missing pages of Ashmole 782, the mystical manuscript known as the Book of Life and the key to the origin of all supernatural beings, and now must negotiate the internal politics of Matthew’s extended vampire family. Also to be considered is the Congregation of vampires, witches, and daemons, who will not look at all kindly on the impending birth of Matthew and Diana’s twin children. Meanwhile, Matthew and Diana are stalked by Matthew’s murderous son Benjamin, and to save everyone, Diana must master her skills as a weaver—one of the rarest witch powers. There is no shortage of action in this sprawling sequel, and nearly every chapter brings a wrinkle to the tale. The storytelling is lively and energetic, and Diana remains an appealing heroine even as her life becomes ever more extraordinary. A delightful wrap-up to the trilogy. (July)
Reviewed on: 05/19/2014
Release date: 07/15/2014
Genre: Fiction
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