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The Book Of Life (The All Souls Trilogy Book 3) by Deborah Harkness Review

Hi ForeverBookers, I've just finished the third book of my favourite trilogy EVER, The Book Of Life!

5 Stars!

Spoilers below if you haven't read the previous books!

It starts where Shadow Of Night finished, with Diana and Matthew having just returned from the past. In the first chapter Diana learns of a death of a family member of hers.  Matthew is there to look after and protect his wife who is also the mother of his unborn twins.

Ysabeau and Diana definitely become more like mother and daughter in this book. They trust each other to do the best for Matthew. Diana is Philippe's blood sworn daughter after book 2, but in book 3 we can see a motherly bond over Diana from Ysabeau. Philippe's bloodsworn children don't except Diana as one of them, however as they weren't there to see the blood oath happen.

Matthew is revealed as the de Clairmont assassin because he was ruthless before he met Diana. When he was ordered to do something, he did it. Since Diana came into his life this has changed. Now, he'll only kill if she or their children are threatened.

Benjamin, Matthew's vampire son calls his phone and he tells him he knows of the book of life. The story really starts from there...

Spoilers for the whole All Souls Trilogy below...

This is still my favourite EVER trilogy just because the main characters, Diana and Matthew hold a special place in my heart. I've loved their romance ever since I first read the books, years ago. I like how there's no question about their love for one another as well as the fact that they stay together through everything (apart from Matthew's little bit of doubt in having a forbidden romance with a witch in book 1. It's not that he doesn't love Diana. Just that he doesn't want to see her come to harm).

I also love the other side characters too. From Ysabeau and her ways to Sarah and her's, they are all significant to the story. None of the characters are unimportant. They all play a role somewhere.

The villains in the trilogy are worthy villains too. Peter Knox is my favourite villain of any book series, just because he knows what he wants and nothing is going to stop him from getting it, apart from his ultimate demise. Also, Baldwin, an antihero doesn't like Diana or her relationship with his brother to begin with. He does accept Diana in the end though. This was good to see because we saw, as the reader Baldwin come to accept Diana and Diana come to accept Baldwin in the end too.

I'm giving The Book Of Life five stars! It wraps the story up beautifully. Later this year we're getting more from these characters in The Serpent's Mirror, which I can't wait for...

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