Shadow of Night
by Deborah Harkness
Series: All Souls Trilogy #2
Publication date: July 10, 2012
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Purchase: Barnes and Noble/Amazon/Book Depository
Night is the second book from the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. You
can see my review of Discovery of Witches here. I could not wait to get back to
Diana and Matthew’s story and unlock the secrets of Asmole 782. I am delighted
to inform you that Shadow of Night delivered all that I hoped for and more.
Harkness brings the past to life as we travel back in time and adds new depth to the
characters that I adore. I literally consumed this and cannot wait for the
final novel. If I had to sum up my opinion in three words they would be;
captivating, beautiful and breathtaking.
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.
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.
literally picks up right where Discovery of Witches left off. Diana and
Matthew find themselves landing back in Elizabethan London. Diana is thrilled to be able to visit a
period she has studied but finds herself woefully unprepared. She quickly realizes that even with her
education she is completely out of her element.
From her speech to her mannerism it is obvious to all; she isn’t from
around here. With the aid of Matthew’s
eccentric friends, they will work to assist Diana with these skills, secure a
witch to train her and find the lost copy of Asmole 782. The tale that unfolds
is absolutely breathtaking, filled with suspense, romance, danger and iconic characters
throughout Elizabethan history.
characters in the All Souls Trilogy are flawed, fleshed out and I absolutely
adore them. Diana finds
herself out of her element. Her witchcraft is acting all sorts of bonkers. She
is living in a time when witches are burned at the stake, the clothes are
barbaric and women have no rights. In
this novel we get to see tremendous growth in Diana. Her love and understanding
of Matthew grows. She becomes more confident in her own skin and continues to
be loyal, fearless and stubborn. I loved watching her discover her talents as a
witch. This provides both funny and frightening scenes as her inability to
control them creates mayhem. Then of course there is Matthew *swoons*. In this novel we learn
so much about him and what has molded the modern day version. His history is both
fascinating and sad. We get to see a darker side of Matthew as he confronts his
past. He loves Diana but things are holding him back. I loved discovering his inner-workings. Diana peeled back his layers, bringing them closer together. The soft, tender
side of Matthew was beautiful. There are
a few flash forwards to present time and the characters we love. This provides
insight into how Matthew and Diana are changing the future. We spend most of the novel in
the years 1590 and 1591. This affords us the opportunity to witness history,
attend the queen, and meet many historical characters. Harkness did a fantastic
job of weaving them in the tale and giving them voice. I adored getting to know Gallowglass and Matthew’s father. The Queen and other characters gave me the chills and I feared for Diana.
has an incredible gift for world-building. She brought the Elizabethan era to
life. Her interpretation of the queen, the atmosphere, and the smells of London
lifted the tale right from the pages and I become completely immersed. It is immediately
evident that a tremendous amount of research went into writing this novel. I
was delighted by the historical accuracy and believability. From the buildings, merchants and furnishing, Harkness's imagery was enthralling. The characters she introduced were fleshed-out, and my feelings toward them reflected that. Shadow of Night held my attention and kept me up late two evening in a row, but it was worth every sleep-deprived minute. Harkness spun twists and turns into the plot that completely captivating me. We travel all over Europe and I loved all the little details. The fear of discovery and the atmosphere of the times, especially towards witches made this tale very suspenseful. The romance between Diana and Matthew was genuine and beautifully portrayed. There was coupling and it was done beautifully. Even the most delicate reader won’t
be offended. Watching their growth as a couple kept me spellbound. Together
they share loss, love, fear, jealousy and a binding that will last forever. I found
myself completely invested in their story. While I am once again drooling for the next
book, it is also bittersweet for me. The knowledge that its publishing will bring this tale
to an end is a sad one. I am not yet ready to let go of Matthew and Diana. While it did not end on a huge cliffhanger you are left knowing things are developing and this tale is far from over.
Shadow of Night and the entire All Souls Trilogy to everyone! It has elements
that will appeal to a large audience; history, witchcraft, vampires, daemons,
time-travel and romance. For my YA fans, if you loved Grave Mercy and Harry
Potter you will enjoy this trilogy. Deborah Harkness is on my auto-buy list and I
look forward to book three which is not yet titled. I will bring you news as I receive it.
I want to
thank Viking/Penguin publishing for providing this finished copy in exchange
for my unbiased review.
I gave this
novel 5 overflowing cups of coffee out of 5.
Thanks to the publisher I have a finished copy of Shadow of Night
and some awesome swag to giveaway to one lucky US/Canadian follower.
Here is an image of the buttons and tattoo.
You will learn their meaning when you read the book.
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From now until July 6th you can win a signed ARC and
samples of special fragrances created for Matthew and Diana on
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