All the stars for this trilogy
I don’t know how to begin this review.
Maybe saying that I barely took notes while listening to book 2 and didn’t take any for book 3 of this trilogy?
That made for more than 50 hours nearly without thinking about jotting down anything helpful for my reviews.
Not smart but that’s how enthralled I was by this story.
While Shadow of the Night centered around time travelling, the Book of Life is all about family.
The very few notes I still took when reading Shadow of Night were these ones:
“Engrossed. Moving (both dads). Enlightening (history). Interesting and “real” (how would you time walk? Not altering the past? How can you stand to say goodbye all the time (Jack and Annie).
Matthew’s nephew who stayed silent for centuries till he met Diana again
Amazing (Diana learned with the witches)
Elizabeth (Monarch) and Emperor of Austria (enamored with Diana)
Cryptic much? Yes and yet saying everything in just key words!
In The Book of Life, I was sad to say goodbye to these characters.
Matthew and Diana’s love outshines everything and Diana had an amazing growth. Gone is the witch afraid of her powers, she now will embrace them and use them like the Goddess would.
You have everything: loyalty, love, courage, dedication, nobility, friendship, family, ordeals ….
This trilogy is what would happen if the Da Vinci Code and the Pillars of the Earth had a kid with What the Wind Knows.
You have a ROMANCE in capital letters, between a vampire and a witch. This is an epic romance. The one you read only in books and even on like that is hard to find.
You have a quest and a mystery to solve: chasing the Ashmole 782 through the centuries and countries. You follow the clues, discover horrifying secrets and are hunted by elusive yet mad vampires.
You also have tons of academic references and learn a lot about HISTORY and witches. That was truly fascinating for an avid and curious reader like me. I have read some find this series tedious and boring, I found it FASCINATING.
You have an outstanding SUPPORTIVE CAST of characters! From Isabeau, gorgeous yet lethal, to Myriam prickly and deadly to Gallowglass (I loved his brogue and am still hoping he’ll find happiness), going through unruffled best human friend Kris and Jack plus so many more.
You have impeccable writing and perfect pacing. I honestly think Deborah Harkness has mastered her craft!
I can’t thank Bex @mummyisreading enough for making me read this amazing trilogy as she never stopped gushing about it!
I just wish that I could have a book about Gallowglass because he deserves his own HEA.
Have you read this series? Because you should! And listen to the audiobook as the narrator is just perfect!
Thanks for reading!