Review From User :
I am looking forward to this novel with much anticipation and joy.
To all the naysayers and fair weather fans out there, I have a few things to say to you.
1) D.H. is a novelist. While she may blog and update frequently, she must not be treated as an on demand writer. As a reader, it is hard to wait but novelists should be regarded for what they do so well. Let's not treat our dear author as a blogger or fan fictionist.
2) Waiting is part of being a reader. JK Rowling also made readers wait and Harry Potter was still a huge hit. Let's not even get into The Game of Thrones.
3) Another beautiful part of being a reader is reading other books and falling in love with other characters. Let other worlds overtake you and return to All Souls in a few short months with renewed excitement.
4) Re-re-re-reading is pretty awesome!
After waiting and imagining all the possible endings, I finally held the Book of Life in my hands. Much to the dismay of my family, I hid myself away in plain sight and completely devoured every single page. Unlike other trilogies or series, I feel satisfied after finishing this book and do not feel like I've been left hanging or that anything was rushed. The story was well put together and completely thought through.
My only criticism is that there are so many characters I want to know more about. They were left just on the surface, were mentioned too quickly, and disappeared just as fast. So many things make up for this and as I already mentioned, I feel satisfied and I can't wait to read this series again and again.
An absorbing novel of romance and revolution, loyalty and family, sacrifice and undying love
We have three souls, or so I’d been told. But only in death could I confirm this … So begins the haunting and captivating tale, set in 1935 China, of the ghost of a young woman named Leiyin, who watches her own funeral from above and wonders why she is being denied entry to the afterlife.
Expand text… Beside her are three souls – stern and scholarly yang; impulsive, romantic yin; and wise, shining hun – who will guide her toward understanding. She must, they tell her, make amends.
As Leiyin delves back in time with the three souls to review her life, she sees the spoiled and privileged teenager she once was, a girl who is concerned with her own desires while China is fractured by civil war and social upheaval. At a party, she meets Hanchin, a captivating left-wing poet and translator, and instantly falls in love with him.
When Leiyin defies her father to pursue Hanchin, she learns the harsh truth – that she is powerless over her fate. Her punishment for disobedience leads to exile, an unwanted marriage, a pregnancy, and, ultimately, her death. And when she discovers what she must do to be released from limbo into the afterlife, Leiyin realizes that the time for making amends is shorter than she thought.
Suffused with history and literature, Three Souls is an epic tale of revenge and betrayal, forbidden love, and the price we are willing to pay for freedom.