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I did expect more...
am 4. August 2014
I have read "Shadow of Night" and "A Discovery of Witches" and loved both. Accordingly I could not wait to finally lay my hands on "The Book of Life" and find out how it was all going to end. Well, the book was good, I did like it, but I did not love it.
There were so many questions that I wanted an answer to, but unfortunately I did not get that many. So I am still asking myself where the book of life came from. Surely someone made it for a reason? And what about the tree in the fireplace? Just to mention two of the major issues that were left open.
Don't get me wrong, I liked the book, but not as much as I thought I would. Perhaps it's just too simple.
After struggling to keep their love a secret and trying to figure out Diana's power through two books, in "The Book of Life" they do not only do it all rather openly, they even start to trust whomever. And Diana all of a sudden is so extremely powerful and, above all, that much in control of her power, nobody's any longer a match for her.
And Matthew? Well, I don't know, I adored Matthew in the previous books, but in "The Book I Life" he somehow lost appeal. Where did the dominant vampire macho go? OK, granted, it's not easy keep that going while being the husband of the most powerful creature in the world, but I would have liked more congruency for his character.
Over all I got the impression that the author had come up with a great idea that she developed well through the first two books, but that she herself didn't really know where it all would lead. Or where it came from. And so the ending is rather shallow and unsatisfying.