Diana, the wishy-washy witch, and Matthew, the passive aggressive vampire hunk, are on the run from a pervasive evil...and who on earth can they trust???? They have family problems, they have vampire/witch/daemon problems. All kinds of conflict is afoot. How's that for vague?
I think the pacing was the thing that improved most from Shadow of Night to this volume. While I often found myself bored or wondering when something noteworthy would happen in book #2, I rarely felt that way reading The Book of Life. More focus and more action were absolutely necessary to make me like this book.
I enjoyed revisiting some of my favorite characters in this volume...namely the boisterous Gallowglass and the irritable Ysabeau. I was also tickled to see some much-needed character development and growth in Mathew and Diana. I mean, really. It took Diana long enough to "grow a set" and really ramp up the magic.
Some annoying things:
- Some threads left undone
- ALL THE NAMES of characters I didn't remember from earlier in the series (not the writer's fault)
- Vampire/witch/daemon politics that were muddled at times
Overall, though, worth reading if you're interested to know how the series will end. Diana is a badass in some spots, which I really appreciated.
Pub. Date: Today! July 15, 2014
Source: From a reading buddy.