"The Book of Life" by Deborah Harkness

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"The Book of Life" by Deborah Harkness

The highly anticipated finale in the 'All Souls Trilogy'

The Book of Life book coverAfter waiting so long for the conclusion of this series, this book immediately starts out where the second title left off. We come into the story having left Diana and Matthew discovering themselves and their relationship through time. It's broad reaching implications follow them seamlessly into this last installment.  Diana is quickly discovering her power, and Matthew is slowly coming to terms with the implications of his blood rage and place in the de Clermont family hierarchy. Back is the intensity of detail that readers love in the first two books. The dialog is well orchestrated and each character has an amazingly strong voice. We revisit every character and many threads that were hinted at in the very first book come together in this conclusion. Where once Matthew was the creature with a boundless strength and knowledge, it is Diana we rediscover as central to the recovery of the 'Book of Life'. Her personal discovery, the revelations of history, and the manipulation of the Congregation all culminate in this final installment. Over arching themes of family and fidelity, love and loss, past and present, power and helplessness prevail in this intricate plot.

You might want to revisit the earlier titles in this series before tackling this tome. 

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