Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness



Like a lot of others I have been waiting for Shadow of Night since Diana and Matthew stepped out of the present into the past at the end of A Discovery of Witches.  I was not disappointed in Shadow of Night.  It lived up to all my expectations.  It was typical of middle books in a trilogy.  Some things were solved.  Most things were not but everything was put in place for book three.

Here is what Goodreads says:

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.

One of the main strength of Deborah Harkness’s writings is the detail to history that is included in her books.  I felt like I was back in Elizabethan England meeting people I had only read about.  The details about every day life added to the depth of the story. 

Matthew and Diana had to carry the bulk of the story.  They were great characters in A Discovery of Witches and they just got better in Shadow of Night.  Many of the side characters were unique to the time period but some carry over to the present.  They were all well drawn and added to the story line.

The main plot is still in place but the action in Shadow of Night was aimed at acquiring what was needed for when they returned to the present.  Nothing was solved. The problem is still there.  There are just more ways to solve the problem now then there were before.

I received an eARC of Shadow of Night from both Netalley and Edleweiss.  The only problem with reading this before it is published is that I have a longer wait for the next book.  So far these is not a title or date for book three.

Viking Adult published Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness in 2012.

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