Series: All Souls Trilogy,
Published by Penguin Publishing Group on May 28th 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Historical, Occult & Supernatural, Paranormal, Romance
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IT BEGAN WITH A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES.
The #1 New York Times–bestselling sequel to A Discovery of Witches—“as enchanting, engrossing, and impossible to put down as its predecessor” (Miami Herald)
Historian Diana Bishop, descended from a line of powerful witches, and long-lived vampire Matthew Clairmont have broken the laws dividing creatures. When Diana discovered a significant alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library,she sparked a struggle in which she became bound to Matthew. Now the fragile coexistence of witches, daemons, vampires and humans is dangerously threatened.
Seeking safety, Diana and Matthew travel back in time to London, 1590. But they soon realize that the past may not provide a haven. Reclaiming his former identity as poet and spy for Queen Elizabeth, the vampire falls back in with a group of radicals known as the School of Night. Many are unruly daemons, the creative minds of the age, including playwright Christopher Marlowe and mathematician Thomas Harriot.
Together Matthew and Diana scour Tudor London for the elusive manuscript Ashmole 782, and search for the witch who will teach Diana how to control her remarkable powers...
The second book in Deborah Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy is titled, Shadow of Night. The book picks up where A Discovery of Witches left off with Diana and Matthew traveling back in time to 1590. Hoping to get their hands on the manuscript before its been spelled, the lovers soon discover that the past may be more dangerous than their present and that Matthew may not be the man Diana thought she knew.
I really enjoyed this book. Not only did readers get the opportunity to meet some fun new characters, but the mystery surrounding the manuscript became even more interesting. Diana and Matthew always seemed fated to be together, and Shadow of Night provides more clues to how these two are connected. What made this book so much fun to read was all of the adventures Diana and Matthew embarked in Europe. Whether it be in France, Prague, or England, Harkness makes each place feel unique, and provides the reader with a glimpse of history from a perspective that may not have been previously given. The supernatural has long interested man, and the manner which Harkness brings that side of the 16th century to the forefront was highly fascinating. The characters are very believable in the situations we find them in, and the villains we meet have agendas that only enhance the mystery surrounding the manuscript. If you liked A Discovery of Witches, than you must continue on with the All Souls Trilogy. Shadow of Night is a book that can’t be missed!
This is my eighth completed review for the 2014 Historical Fiction Challenge