Shadow of NightBook - 2012
"Together we lifted our feet and stepped into the unknown"--the thrilling sequel to the New York Times bestseller A Discovery of Witches
Deborah Harkness exploded onto the literary scene with her debut novel, A Discovery of Witches , Book One of the magical All Souls Trilogy and an international publishing phenomenon. The novel introduced Diana Bishop, Oxford scholar and reluctant witch, and the handsome geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont; together they found themselves at the center of a supernatural battle over an enchanted manuscript known as Ashmole 782.
Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliffhanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana and Matthew into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens.
Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries, delivering one of the most hotly anticipated novels of the season.
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Fans of fantasy and paranormal romance well remember the big splash author Deborah Harkness made last year with her debut novel, *A Discovery of Witches*. That book had it all - yoga, wine collecting, adventures in Oxford’s famed Bodleian Library, and a whirlwind romance with a handsome, brooding stranger who happened to be a vampire. To sweeten the pot, this wasn’t another plodding story about some hapless girl who falls for an immortal himbo with a mood disorder and an offshore bank account. No, heroine Diana Bishop is a witch, fearsome and powerful in her own right. Well, the good news is, she’s back.<br />
*Shadow of Night* picks up right where *A Discovery of Witches* left off, with Diana and Matthew landing in a heap in the 16th century, in search of Ashmole 782 - the manuscript that caused all the trouble in the first book. Deborah Harkness is an historian by trade, so the details on 16th century life are both bountiful and accurate. <br />
The bad news is, these very details may bog down the book for some readers. Fans who found the first book flagged in the second half before finding its way to a mind-bending conclusion will probably also take issue with pacing in *Shadow of Night*’s first half. Fortunately, the action and witty humour that characterized the best parts of book one return by the second half of the book. For those who have been waiting with baited breath for more of Diana and Matthew, *Shadow of Night* will more than likely scratch the itch. <br />
Certainly, fans of *A Discovery of Witches* who also love Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series will find lots to love in *Shadow of Night* - the tirelessly researched historical detail, time travelling, and a heroine coming into her strength are all appeal factors that cross over between the two series. That said, I wouldn’t recommend any readers new to the series start here. While I sense this series is headed for great things, *Shadow of Night* is certainly not as strong an offering as *Discovery*, and the fantasy universe Harkness has created won’t make much sense if read out of order. All in all, *Shadow of Night* is fun summer reading, but not essential to anyone not planning on following the series.
The second novel in the All Souls Trilogy, begun with "A Discover of Witches". Diane Bishop & Matthew de Clermont have gone back to 16th century London, to find a specific alchemical manuscript, and to find a magical tutor for Diane. They meet up with an assortment of notable personages, in England & Austria during their travels. As they endure danger, and meet unexpected people, their bonds of love only strengthen.
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