Book Review: Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy Book #2)

Posted July 27, 2014 by @Angelized_1st in 2014 HF Challenge, Books, Entertainment, Historical Fiction Reading Challenges, Reading Challenges / 0 Comments

Book Review: Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy Book #2)Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
Series: All Souls Trilogy,
Published by Penguin Publishing Group on May 28th 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Historical, Occult & Supernatural, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 583
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 9780143123620
Buy on: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks


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

Rating Report
Overall: 4.9

About Deborah Harkness

Deborah Harkness grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and has lived in western Massachusetts, the Chicago area, Northern California, upstate New York, and Southern California. She’s also lived in the United Kingdom in the cities of Oxford and London.

For the past twenty-eight years she’s been a student and scholar of history, and received degrees from Mount Holyoke College, Northwestern University, and the University of California at Davis. During that time she researched the history of magic and science in Europe, especially during the period from 1500 to 1700. Currently, she teaches European history and the history of science at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Her career in fiction began in September 2008 when she began to wonder “if there really are witches and vampires, what do they do for a living?” A Discovery of Witches is the unexpected answer to that question. The book debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, and was also a bestseller in the UK, France, and Germany. In total, more than thirty-eight foreign editions and translations of volumes from the trilogy have been published. The story of Diana and Matthew continued in two subsequent sequels. Harkness has also written several non-fiction books, and in her spare time likes to blog about wine.


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