I thought I was prepared for everything coming together but oh my, I didn’t know the half of it! The blood rage becoming more real and more defined was worrying, especially where the twins were involved. From almost the start I was in tears and as the book progressed, other things made me emotional. The surprise from the past – YES! I admit I cried with joy 😉
The Book of Life is written as beautifully and as cleanly as the first two books. Sometimes the pace was slow but it’s something I have come to expect and there was always something interesting going on so it didn’t feel like wasted time. Diana, oh I just love her and everything she does and, without giving away spoilers – Ashmole 792 – WOW, I expected something spectacular but I didn’t see that twist coming.
If I have one problem it is that the De Clairmonts are seen as so powerful but they don’t seem to actually do anything. Eventually however they hatch a plan – and once they do you kind of see why they took a while to get to it!
Matthew is much better being back in the 21st Century and away from the time when women should be seen and not heard. He seemed much more together and aware of his tendency to overprotect and try to reduce it. Diana always gave as good as she got, mind you, which is one of the things I love about her.
The birth scene was just perfect – everything I had hoped for, with humour as well. Poor Gallowglass!
I’m really sad the series has come to an end but I can’t wait to see what Deborah Harkness will bring us next.