The final foray into the world that Harkness has created, we step into the story where the last on left off… here’s the blurb courtesy of GoodReads:
After traveling 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 at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency. In the trilogy’s final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.
I wish I liked this better, but when you throw a book down in rage on more than one occasion then it’s just not to be. We open with a completely and utterly unnecessary charater death that has literally no effect on the story line at all, except to make people sad. It was a wasted character from the start, and the reason that I think that this character existed in the first place was to prove how “with it” the author is with modern times. If this death had any bearing on the story maybe I would think differently about it, but I fail to see the importance of it in the first place.
Many of the things that were discussed in the first two books, such as setting up a “counter covenant” were completely forgotten about – again showing that despite the pages and pages of discussing these things, actually doing something with them was wasted, and therefore… what was the point in writing them in the first place.
One of the things that did particularly make me throw the book down in rage was the pop culture references. Maybe one would have been okay, but having three in quickly successive pages without having had, like, any in the previous two books, and then none again in the resulting book. Especially the “sparkly” reference, and then talking/referencing Mulder and Scully, just… no. [The other one was a Buffy reference].
In the world that Harkness has created there are four “species” within the world, human, vampire, witches and daemons. This would be okay if each species were treated equally in the story but that’s not the case; daemons are creative, vampires are the intelligent creatures that have endured and manipulated the centuries, witches have the magical powers and natural abilities… humans… have nothing. They are cast aside and forgotten about, and this annoyed me – they may as well not have existed in this world at all.
The plot itself was quite infuriating as well. The book was really slow to get going, and then rushed through the finale as though the author had forgotten that she was actually ending the story. There was a hint of further story to come, which I hope doesn’t materialise.
I think one of the reasons I stuck this out was because I just wanted to know how it ended, and considering my other half really enjoyed the storyline I wanted to see it through, but unfortunately I couldn’t see the bright side, just the irritation and for that reason I only gave this book two stars on GoodReads.
Have you read this book? What did you think?