The Book of Life

 It’s finally here!  The final instalment of the All Souls Trilogy!

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.

Book Information
  • Author: Deborah Harkness
  • Series: All Souls Trilogy (3)
  • Genre: Paranormal Romance
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Rating: ★★★★½ 

Magic in the Court

Tracey and I were excited to be invited to the Magic in the Court event on Monday 10th September, held in honour of Deborah Harkness and the release of her second book – Shadow of Night.  Also along were a few other magical authors – Benedict Jacka *squee*, Ben Aaronovitch, Suzanne McLeod and James Treadwell.

The party was held at a location that had a magic all of it’s own – Goldsboro Books.  I’d never been there before but it’s amazing!  If you are looking for a signed first edition of your favourite author, check them out first!  I couldn’t stop looking 🙂

There was a real mix of people attending, fellow bloggers, reporters, publicists and of course the authors! I didn’t get a chance to talk to everyone but it was great to see a few familiar faces and to meet people I had only talked to through twitter.

What is an event write-up without some pics?!

Grete and Tracey meet Benedict JackaSlightly blurry Grete and Deborah HarknessA magical foursome!The magic five and their books!

I managed not to fangirl too much but it was a great pleasure meeting Deborah Harkness.  She is a very gracious lady and is fascinating to listen to.  I was lucky enough to see her again on Wednesday night when she did a talk and book signing at the Waterstones here in Nottingham.  She spoke about her professional work and how she came to write the first book in the series; A Discovery of Witches.  Both books are a wonderful read and I highly recommend them if you are even a little bit interested in history, magic or the Elizabethan era.

Huge thanks to Caitlin Raynor from Headline for inviting us and to Deborah herself who wasn’t fazed by my babbling in the least 😉