The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness


The final part of the All Souls Trilogy held surprises in store that you don’t find often nowadays. Most stories give you enough clues so you get a sense of where it is going to take you, and sometimes you are left with a sense of being cheated, but not so with this book.

I loved the characters, the history and the attention to detail that went into creating a complete back story for the vampires, witches and daemons to keep you entertained through the trilogy.

There was romance but it isn’t all-encompassing of the story, love drives the story forward but sex is not a big part of the book. In fact when the sex scenes do appear they are often glossed over quickly with none of the intimate details revealed and the book is none the worse off. You don’t always need a graphic sex scene to move the story along, sometimes it is harder to write the scene in a few words that conveys a more than adequate picture of the scene.

I lent my copy of a Discovery of Witches to a colleague on Friday and by Monday she had read and returned it and asked if I would lend her the rest until she can buy her own copies. It’s nice that you can introduce people to a book you enjoyed and for them to enjoy it just as much.

I envied her being able to read all three books in a little over a week, there are all pretty substantial in thickness. I would fly through my reading pile at that rate but there always seems to be something else that needs my attention!

She is off to buy her own copies now and will probably spread the word, as a writer you can’t underestimate the reach of someone enjoying your work and telling people about it.



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