After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies in The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness. Their search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages finally comes to a close and we discover the real reason why witches, vampires and daemons are on the verge of extinction.
This is a unique story with a creative plot, well-developed characters, suspense, romance, and of course, history. The intricacies of the species along with the scientific research into witches, vampires and daemons adds a nice layer to the story. This combined with the added color of historical events makes for a thought-provoking read. I love stories with supernatural elements set in the real, “normal” world. And Harkness does an excellent job of bringing in the supernatural world and the science world together.
I liked this book but the first two books were far superior. The main characters jumped from location to location, doing a series of things that really didn’t add to the story. I’m not sure if Harkness was trying to write an ‘epic’ but some parts fell flat. There were more than a few jaw dropping moments but they seemed to be over shadowed by the parts that seemed to drag on. This book occasionally slipped from third person to first person narration, and it didn’t seem to have a real function in the storyline. It was a little disconcerting and upset the flow for me. But overall I still enjoyed it and it was a satisfying conclusion though it feels as if Harkness left the door open for possibility more books in this universe. The trilogy on the whole is well written and I thoroughly enjoyed it.