Shadow of Night

Harkness, Deborah E.

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Shadow of Night
A follow-up to the best-selling A Discovery of Witches finds Oxford scholar and reluctant witch Diana and vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont in Elizabethan London, where Diana seeks a magical tutor and Matthew confronts elements from his past at the same time the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2012.
ISBN: 067002595X
Characteristics: 584 pages ;,24 cm.


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Feb 10, 2015

Loved this book. The detail regarding historical dress and culture was fascinating.

Jan 17, 2015
  • LT rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Shaggy dog story. Too much posturing and rhetoric from School of Night members, not enough plot movement. Our supposedly liberated heroine goes all limp and passive. Frustrating. I confess, I only read the first third of the book, then gave up.

Aug 17, 2014

What a disappointment.

I found the first book, A Discovery of Witches, so engaging and the story had so much promise that I was looking forward to the sequel. I don't usually read anything but stand-alone books. Multiple book series always seem to be more about money and keeping readers buying books than writing a good story or even writing well.

Unfortunately this is certainly the case with Shadow of Night.

This book had nothing to do with the first book really. It was basically a treatise on Elizabethan England. Where famous MEN (meh) of the era subsume the protagonists' story.

I kept waiting for the story to begin.

Unfortunately little occurred in this book to propel the story so elegantly begun in the first book forward. Really, don't bother reading it except the last few pages.

No writer worth her salt or with any respect for her readers would put something out like this. It's like a whole book of filler.

I hope her third book is as good as the first. It would be a tragedy if it were not.

That would be turning gold into lead.

Apr 16, 2014
  • hermans rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Could not finish the book. Slammed it shut after 500 tedious pages. The main characters seemed to get more stupid with every page. When you keep hoping that they get killed off for their stupidity, it tells you something is wrong. I also will save my time and not read the next one. Sorry, but a Uni. professor and historian who is too stupid to be capable of wiping her own nose... Really. Appears she lost an IQ point for every year she went into the past. And don't get me started on witches who can turn the tides of war, but cannot even save themselves from a few ignorant peasants.

Feb 03, 2014
  • cat_moda rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This is book two of a trilogy and like some part 2s it is average. This part of the story was long and boring. It just dragged on and on and on, then you finally get to the end and your disappointed because nothing interesting or exciting happened in an almost 600 page novel. Although I understand book two basically is a bridge between books two and three, but this was a freaking long and tedious bridge.

Aug 17, 2013
  • Marshmel rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Actually better than the first. Lots of romance and more witch spells as she learns her powers

Jun 03, 2013
  • ShamaBole rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

the first book was okay, so I picked up the sequel. This is just historical research about the Elizabethan era - as much as I have read about these names I can't say they enthrall me for their own sake - with not a lot of soul. The protagonist gasps a lot and in pretty incompetent and after about 100 pages I completely lost interest.

Jun 03, 2013

AWESOME... Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night. Awesome...I cant wait to find more from the author.

Apr 17, 2013
  • LaimaA rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

At times this reads more like a historical biography than a novel, but there's enough in here to keep most people entertained. It definitely could have been edited down to improve the pace.

Apr 16, 2013
  • MLKim rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

What a slog to get through this book, I thought it would never end. Tedious descriptions of places, meals, clothing, Matthew's famous friends, but almost nothing happens. I felt like I wasted my time reading this, I won't be reading the next one.

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Aug 09, 2012
  • AnneDromeda rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Jul 17, 2012
  • helenhag1217 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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Jul 17, 2012
  • helenhag1217 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

'"Witches don't believe in the devil," I told him. Of all the bizarre things humans said about witches, this was the most incomprehensible.'


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