For those of us who have been keeping up with the All Souls trilogy, today is a big day. Deborah Harkness’ new novel, The Book of Life, is out today. It’s the final book of the trilogy, and we’ve been waiting for it for two years. After reading all the hype about the first book in the series (“It’s like Twilight for grown-ups!” Is that a good thing or a bad thing??), I decided to give it a try. Honestly, it was a bit of a slow starter, but by the end, I was invested. The second book, Shadow of Night, grabbed my interest much more quickly, because the characters begin the book by time-traveling to Elizabethan England. Cameo appearances by Shakespeare and Marlowe? Sold. So I’ve been looking forward to this book for a while, and I’m excited to see how Harkness wraps up her story. My only concern – it’s been two years since I checked in with Diana and Matthew, and I may be a little fuzzy on my plot details. We shall see.
Here is what Viking has to say about The Book of Life:
The highly anticipated finale to the #1 New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with A Discovery of Witches
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.
With more than one million copies sold in the United States and appearing in thirty-eight foreign editions, A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night have landed on all of the major bestseller lists and garnered rave reviews from countless publications. Eagerly awaited by Harkness’s legion of fans, The Book of Life brings this superbly written series to a deeply satisfying close.