The Book of Life
The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Diana Bishop and Matthew de Clairmont are back from the past with a lot more knowledge about themselves and the missing pages from “The Book of Life. But Diana is pregnant with twins and Matthew’s rogue son Benjamin has found out that Weavers can get pregnant by vampires so Diana and Matthew must separate to find Benjamin and put “The Book of Life” back together before it’s too late. The trouble is, not everyone wants them to succeed.

It is some time since the publication of “Shadows of Night” and so when I came to reading this book I had forgotten a lot of what had gone on. Although “The Book of Life” does allude to the happenings in “Shadows of Life” quite a lot, you definitely could not read it as a standalone and in fact, if I had plenty of time I would have re-read the previous two novels before this one.

It is a fact that almost all the characters from the previous books do turn up in this one and at times it does get quite confusing. Nevertheless, the central story of Matthew and Diana’s relationship is still the strongest part of the novel and this is the part which drew me in every time and made me want to read more. I do really like these characters and I really enjoyed the way that the beautiful settings were described without detracting at all from the action. It was all very neatly explained at the end and I did come away feeling very satisfied so I would definitely recommend this book, but only if you have read the previous ones first.

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