Review: Book of life by Deborah Harkness

untitled (9)The book of life by Deborah Harkness

“Fall under the spell of Diana and Matthew once more in the stunning climax to their epic tale, following A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES and SHADOW OF NIGHT.

A world of witches, daemons and vampires. A manuscript which holds the secrets of their past and the key to their future. Diana and Matthew – the forbidden love at the heart of it.

After travelling through time in SHADOW OF NIGHT, the second book in Deborah Harkness’s enchant­ing series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home in France they reunite with their families – with one heart-breaking exception. But the real threat to their future is yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for the elusive manuscript Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on a terrifying urgency. Using ancient knowl­edge and modern science, from the palaces of Venice and beyond, Diana and Matthew will finally learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago. ”


It has been a few years since “Shadow of night” but I can definitely say, it was worth the wait. I loved “Shadow of night” and thought it was the best book in the series- that is until “The Book of Life”.

Back from the past, Diana and Matthew are flung back into the frey. Ashmole 782 takes on more of an importance than ever.

I am limited with what I can say because I do not want to spoil one minute of the book for anyone. But what I can say is, that the “The Book of Life” is bigger, better and more explosive than the novels that came before it.

Diana and Matthew are magic together, their love continues to grow despite all the obstacles and threats they face.

As well as being a great romance, “The Book of Life” offers intrigue and a bit of mystery. The best part is that we finally learn what the witches discovered- and it is a doozy.

It is a phenomenal close to an epic series. I hope there are more adventures with Diana and Matthew because I fell in love with them and their world, and it would be very hard to say a final goodbye.