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The #1 New York Times-bestselling sequel to A Discovery of Witches, book two of the All Souls Series. Look for the hit TV series “A Discovery of Witches,” streaming on AMC Plus, Sundance Now and Shudder. Season 2 premieres January 9, 2021! 

Picking up from  A Discovery of Witches'' cliffhanger ending,  Shadow of Night takes reluctant witch Diana Bishop and vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont on a trip through time to Elizabethan London, where they are plunged into a world of spies, magic, and a coterie of Matthew''s old friends, the School of Night. As the search for Ashmole 782--the lost and enchanted manuscript whose mystery first pulled Diana and Matthew into one another''s orbit--deepens and Diana seeks out a witch to tutor her in magic, the net of Matthew''s past tightens around them. Together they find they must embark on a very different - and vastly more dangerous - journey.

"A captivating and romantic ripping yarn,"**  Shadow of Night confirms Deborah Harkness as a master storyteller, able to cast an "addictive tale of magic, mayhem and two lovers."**

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“A captivating and romantic ripping yarn.”
—E. L. James, “Books of the Year 2012: Authors Choose Their Favourites,” The Guardian

“The joy that Harkness, herself a historian, takes in visiting the past is evident on every page. . . . A great spell, the one that can enchant a reader and make a 600-page book fly through her fingertips, is cast. . . . Its enduring rewards are plenty.”
Entertainment Weekly

“Fans of Harkness’s 2011 debut A Discovery of Witches will be delighted. . . . Harkness delivers enough romance and excitement to keep the pages turning. Readers will devour it.”
People

“Deborah Harkness takes us places we’ve never been before. . . . Shadow of Night isn''t just about wonderfully detailed descriptions of England in 1591, it''s about being there. Readers time-travel as precisely and precariously as Diana and Matthew do. . . . Shadow ends as Discovery did with promises of more to come. Lucky for us.”
USA Today

“Harkness exudes her own style of magic in making the world of late 16th century England come alive. . . . Enchanting, engrossing and as impossible to put down as its predecessor, Shadow of Night is a perfect blend of fantasy, history and romance. Its single greatest flaw is, after almost 600 pages, it’s over. If you’ve already read and enjoyed A Discovery of Witches, picking up Shadow of Night is an absolute requirement. Otherwise, pick up both, and consider your reading list complete.”
—Miami Herald

“Picking up where she left off in last year’s A Discovery of Witches, Harkness proves she’s not suffering from a sophomore slump with this addictive tale of magic, mayhem and two lovers.”
Chicago Tribune

“Rich, period fun, particularly delightful in its witty characterization of historical immortals . . . Shadow ramps up the supernatural suspense.”
—New York Daily News

“This novel is as much a love story about a bygone era as it is about Matthew and Diana. It overflows with a colorful cast of characters, many of whom Harkness has plucked straight from the history books, and Harkness renders the late 1500s in exquisite detail. . . . The writing is so rich, the characters so compelling . . . and best of all, Harkness manages to execute with aplomb the act of answering old questions while posing new ones that will intensify anticipation for the final installment. Readers who have been counting down the days, take heart: The wait was most assuredly worth it.”
—BookPage

“Harkness delights in lining up the living dead and modern academic history. . . . This tale of a feminist Yankee in Queen Elizabeth’s court charms amid the tumult, as the gifted heroine and her groom fight for generations and another sequel to come in order to protect the magical world that’s all around us.”
Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Deborah Harkness is the number one New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life. A history professor at the University of Southern California, Harkness has received Fulbright, Guggenheim, and National Humanities Center fellowships. She lives in Los Angeles.

Visit www.deborahharkness.com and follow “Deborah Harkness” on Facebook and @DebHarkness on Twitter.

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“Why no beard? Have you been ill?” Marlowe’s eyes flickered when they spotted me, nudging me with the insistent pressure that marked him unmistakably as a daemon.

I suppressed an urge to rush at one of England’s greatest playwrights and shake his hand before peppering him with questions. What little information I once knew about him flew from my mind now that he was standing before me. Had any of his plays been performed in 1590? How old was he? Younger than Matthew and I, certainly. Marlowe couldn’t yet be thirty. I smiled at him warmly.

“Wherever did you find that?” Marlowe pointed, his voice dripping with contempt. I looked over my shoulder, expecting to see some hideous work of art. There was nothing but empty space.

He meant me. My smile faltered.

“Gently, Kit,” Matthew said with a scowl.

Marlowe shrugged off the rebuke. “It is no matter. Take your fill of her before the others arrive, if you must. George has been here for some time, of course, eating your food and reading your books. He is still without a patron and hasn’t a farthing to his name.”

“George is welcome to whatever I have, Kit.” Matthew kept his eyes on the young man, his face expressionless as he drew our intertwined fingers to his mouth. “Diana, this is my dear friend Christopher Marlowe.”

Matthew’s introduction provided Marlowe with an opportunity to inspect me more openly. His attention crawled from my toes to the top of my head. The young man’s scorn was evident, his jealousy better hidden. Marlowe was indeed in love with my husband. I had suspected it back in Madison when my fingers had traveled over his inscription in Matthew’s copy of Doctor Faustus.

“I had no idea there was a brothel in Woodstock that specialized in over-tall women. Most of your whores are more delicate and appealing, Matthew. This one is a positive Amazon,” Kit sniffed, looking over his shoulder at the disordered drifts of paper that covered the surface of the table. “According to the Old Fox’s latest, it was business rather than lust that took you to the north. Wherever did you find the time to secure her services?”

“It is remarkable, Kit, how easily you squander affection,” Matthew drawled, though there was a note of warning in his tone. Marlowe, seemingly intent on the correspondence, failed to recognize it and smirked. Matthew’s fingers tightened on mine.

“Is Diana her real name, or was it adopted to enhance her allure among customers? Perhaps a baring of her right breast, or a bow and arrow, is in order,” Marlowe suggested, picking up a sheet of paper. “Remember when Blackfriars Bess demanded we call her Aphrodite before she would let us—”

“Diana is my wife.” Matthew was gone from my side, his hand no longer wrapped around mine but twisted in Marlowe’s collar.

“No.” Kit’s face registered his shock.

“Yes. That means she is the mistress of this house, bears my name, and is under my protection. Given all that—and our long-standing friendship, of course—no word of criticism or whisper against her virtue will cross your lips in future.”

I wiggled my fingers to restore their feeling. The angry pressure from Matthew’s grip had driven the ring on the third finger of my left hand into the flesh, leaving a pale red mark. Despite its lack of facets, the diamond in the center captured the warmth of the firelight. The ring had been an unexpected gift from Matthew’s mother, Ysabeau. Hours ago—centuries ago? centuries to come?—Matthew had repeated the words of the old marriage ceremony and slid the diamond over my knuckles.

With a clatter of dishes, two vampires appeared in the room. One was a slender man with an expressive face, weather-beaten skin the color of a hazelnut, and black hair and eyes. He was holding a flagon of wine and a goblet whose stem was shaped into a dolphin, the bowl balanced on its tail. The other was a rawboned woman bearing a platter of bread and cheese.

“You are home, milord,” the man said, obviously confused. Oddly enough, his French accent made him easier to understand. “The messenger on Thursday said—”

“My plans changed, Pierre.” Matthew turned to the woman. “My wife’s possessions were lost on the journey, Françoise, and the clothes she was wearing were so filthy I burned them.” He told the lie with bald confidence. Neither the vampires nor Kit looked convinced by it.

“Your wife?” Françoise repeated, her accent as French as Pierre’s. “But she is a w—”

“Warmblood,” Matthew finished, plucking the goblet from the tray. “Tell Charles there’s another mouth to feed. Diana hasn’t been well and must have fresh meat and fish on the advice of her doctor. Someone will

need to go to the market, Pierre.”

Pierre blinked. “Yes, milord.”

“And she will need something to wear,” Françoise observed, eyeing me appraisingly. When Matthew nodded, she disappeared, Pierre following in her wake.

“What’s happened to your hair?” Matthew held up a strawberry blond curl.

“Oh, no,” I murmured. My hands rose. Instead of my usual shoulder-length, straw-colored hair, they found unexpectedly springy reddish-gold locks reaching down to my waist. The last time my hair had developed a mind of its own, I was in college, playing Ophelia in a production of Hamlet. Then and now its unnaturally rapid growth and change of hue were not good signs. The witch within me had awakened during our journey to the past. There was no telling what other magic had been unleashed.

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Sheila M
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
A Journey Back in Time
Reviewed in the United States on December 29, 2017
FINAL DECISION: A fine continuation of the story of a witch, a vampire and their search which takes them back in time. I loved how this book developed their relationship and challenged their characters through resurrection of their pasts. THE STORY: Diana Bishop,... See more
FINAL DECISION: A fine continuation of the story of a witch, a vampire and their search which takes them back in time. I loved how this book developed their relationship and challenged their characters through resurrection of their pasts.

THE STORY: Diana Bishop, a witch, and Matthew Clairmont, a vampire, have broken the law of creatures by having a romantic relationship. Jumping off from the events in book one, Diana and Matthew have traveled back in time to Elizabethan England in order to find a teacher to help Diana learn about and control her powers. Although the two seek safety in the past, they find that a whole new host of dangers threatens them and their relationship.

OPINION: A long and meandering journey through Elizabeth''s England where the fictional characters mix with real historical figures, this book develops both the mythology of the trilogy and also the relationship between Diana and Matthew.

I enjoyed seeing these characters approach the challenges that face them. The book, which like the others in the series is over 550 pages, asks for a commitment from its readers. Everything is slow and deliberate -- not boring, not pointless -- and takes its time developing both the characters and the plot. At times during the book, I wondered whether the destination would be worth it. While the conclusion excited me about the finale book in the series, the entirety of the development of the relationship between Diana and Matthew and their own working out of their own challenges from their past snagged me for every page.

The book doesn''t always go in the way that I expected it to and it is certainly an epic read. It does suffer somewhat from being part of the trilogy and the middle book at that. At the end of the book there is no real conclusion -- because there is one more book. Thus, this book doesn''t truly stand on its own and requires reading both the first and third books in the series.

WORTH MENTIONING: The historical expertise of the author is put to good use here. The past feels authentic and I enjoyed using this book as a springboard to learn more about the real historical figures depicted in the book.

CONNECTED BOOKS: SHADOW OF NIGHT is the second book in the All Souls Trilogy. The book should be read as part of the trilogy.

STAR RATING: I give this book 4.5 stars.
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Librarijen
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Not quite as good as the first one.
Reviewed in the United States on December 19, 2018
I was soooo looking forward to reading Shadow of Night because I LOVED Discovery of Witches . However, I did not love this one as much. :( Although I love the detail that makes me feel like I am right there in the book, living the life with Matthew and Diana -... See more
I was soooo looking forward to reading Shadow of Night because I LOVED Discovery of Witches . However, I did not love this one as much. :(

Although I love the detail that makes me feel like I am right there in the book, living the life with Matthew and Diana - the sights, the smells, the textures and temperatures - I felt that this book was unnecessarily long and had too many uneventful stretches. There were parts that I really did like, mostly near the beginning and of course toward the end, but if this had been a stand-alone novel, I''m not sure I would have continued on through some of the mundane middle parts.

This novel is mostly set in the past. The attention to detail is amazing! Beautiful descriptions of the voluminous clothing, intricate hairstyles, wonderful castles, markets and countrysides. I can''t imagine how much research must have gone into writing this. If any of it happens to be incorrect, it''s convincing enough that it would be difficult to dispute. I mean it''s not as if any of us can time travel back to the 16th century in order to do a little fact checking.

I will definitely read The Book of Life , but I am taking a break and reading a couple of new releases that I have been waiting for before I dive back into The All Souls Trilogy
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Barbara
2.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Really boring book
Reviewed in the United States on December 5, 2018
I thought it was going to be as good as the first one but I was wrong. This book is very boring and confusing. I really struggled to finish it because nothing interesting happens, well maybe a couple things but for the most part it’s all the same. Too much description,... See more
I thought it was going to be as good as the first one but I was wrong. This book is very boring and confusing. I really struggled to finish it because nothing interesting happens, well maybe a couple things but for the most part it’s all the same. Too much description, excessively in my opinion. Half way through it and they’re still stuck on the same conflicts without any solutions.
I usually have no issues on reading long books but this one felt more like a “have to finish it” because I’d already spent the money.
Not recommend it at all!
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H. Grove (errantdreams)
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Consider my rating a 2.5
Reviewed in the United States on May 18, 2015
Shadow of Night follows on the heels of A Discovery of Witches. In some ways Shadow of Night is the better book–the text flows more smoothly, not every single character is cranky all the time, and the pacing has improved. However, it has a few flaws of its own.... See more
Shadow of Night follows on the heels of A Discovery of Witches. In some ways Shadow of Night is the better book–the text flows more smoothly, not every single character is cranky all the time, and the pacing has improved. However, it has a few flaws of its own.

First, the time-walking; I have a few problems with how this was carried out. For instance, the historical Matthew conveniently vanishes with future Matthew visiting. I can see how this was the only way Harkness could have the story she wanted, but it’s such a bald-faced deus ex machina. Matthew of course knows the famous historical figures of the time, including queens and emperors, which seems awfully stupid for a creature whose very existence relies on everyone else not noticing that he isn’t aging. Matthew and Diana also seem to have picked a very unstable and dangerous time to visit; I never really figured out why they thought that was a good idea. They’re supposed to not make changes to the past, but how could they possibly not when they’re dealing with such powerful people? And yet of course they don’t end up changing too much despite everything they’re doing that the time-appropriate Matthew wouldn’t have. There’s also the inevitable historical trope of the headstrong woman vs. the overprotective man in her life.

Diana is still a Mary Sue, right down to taking in a street urchin on a whim who then becomes a treasured member of the family. The unique familiar. The need for a highly unusual set of teachers. The jealousy or adoration that everyone feels for her. (Yes, even the relevant emperor becomes besotted with Diana. Don’t tell me you’re surprised.) She’s also still ridiculously easy for people to manipulate; she does a lot of stupid stuff–but of course since she’s a Mary Sue, these things don’t come back to haunt her.

What I really want to know is how on earth Matthew-from-the-future and Diana could possibly expect historical Matthew to not notice (after modern Matthew goes back to the future) that he’s been out of commission for ages. I don’t care how much his friends are determined to shield him from that knowledge, it’s going to be really hard to avoid people, say, asking him where his wife is, given that they got to know everyone. It just doesn’t add up. Again, it’s a hand-waved deus ex machina.
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Sophia D-H
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As an English history nerd I found it fascinating and really enjoyed the historical details
Reviewed in the United States on February 18, 2018
A few days after finishing A Discovery of Witches I was both anxious and hesitant to dive into the second book in the trilogy. The reviews for book two had not been as for book one, with the sense that the author lost her way, but I persisted and was pleasantly surprised.... See more
A few days after finishing A Discovery of Witches I was both anxious and hesitant to dive into the second book in the trilogy. The reviews for book two had not been as for book one, with the sense that the author lost her way, but I persisted and was pleasantly surprised. The second book sends the two main characters traveling back in time to Elizabethan England in an effort to give them a leg up in their search for the mysterious manuscript that started everything and witches who can help Diana figure out her magic. As an English history nerd I found it fascinating and really enjoyed the historical details. I think second books must be the most difficult to write. The world of the story, characters, and plot arc already established as are reader’s expectations. If the first book is a success, it is difficult to top. While Shadow of Night doesn’t top the first book, it was much better than I expected and as a result I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would.
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Janet
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So Frustrated
Reviewed in the United States on June 24, 2020
I watched Discovery of Witches on Sundance and knew I wanted to read the novel. When I finished reading Discovery, I immediately bought the second novel in the series. I''m so disappointed. I am three-fourths of the way through and I''m not sure I can finish it. I want to... See more
I watched Discovery of Witches on Sundance and knew I wanted to read the novel. When I finished reading Discovery, I immediately bought the second novel in the series. I''m so disappointed. I am three-fourths of the way through and I''m not sure I can finish it. I want to know how it all turns out but wish there were Cliff Notes. The author has ruined what should have been a great story: a witch and a vampire travel back in time to find the magical book of supernatural origins. The witch and vampire are both esteemed professors who fell hard in love. SO, how could you eff that up? By not having a good editor, that''s how. Harkness weaves a long, pointless, name-dropping, self-indulgent novel that barely advances the plot and ultimately diminishes any feelings you might have had for the protagonists. (I will probably buy the third novel because it''s set in present day and has the whole cast of characters from the first novel. God, I hope the third one is better.)
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maria mejia
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600 pages of nothing
Reviewed in the United States on October 20, 2020
Ok so I really wanted to like this book. I adored Discover of Witches and was so looking forward to reading Shadow of night. Omg this book was awful. It fell so far flat. One of my biggest issues was in book one both Diana and Matthew were bad ass super intelligent... See more
Ok so I really wanted to like this book. I adored Discover of Witches and was so looking forward to reading Shadow of night. Omg this book was awful. It fell so far flat. One of my biggest issues was in book one both Diana and Matthew were bad ass super intelligent creatures. The fought and took charge. Matthew was extremely protective of Diana. All this changed in the book. For Matthew being a centuries old vampire and knew everyone, he was so incredibly stupid in this. He handled the gossip of Diana being a witch like it was nothing! It''s 16th century England!! Of course there is reason to worry! And all these historical name drops and facts that in no way enrich the story was so boring. Nothing happened. There was no cunning no nothing that Matthew and Diana showed in the first book. Their passion was bleh. The way they handled situations was snooze fest at best. Just what went wrong?!?!? And last but not least, the way matthew handled kit and kits threats to Diana was absolutely ridiculous!!! Like how many times will Kit betray Matthew and he just let''s it slide? I felt there was 600 pages of nothing. I really hope book 3 is better than this
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Amazing Consumer
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Hopefully the third book will be better!
Reviewed in the United States on January 6, 2018
After reading the first book 7 years ago I eagerly looked forward to the continuation of Diana and Matthew’s love story. I bought the second book paying the hardcover price as soon as it was available. Over the years I tried twice to read Shadow of Night. I am happy to... See more
After reading the first book 7 years ago I eagerly looked forward to the continuation of Diana and Matthew’s love story. I bought the second book paying the hardcover price as soon as it was available. Over the years I tried twice to read Shadow of Night. I am happy to report that I finally accomplished my goal. My overall impression is mixed. There were some interesting elements that I liked about the ambiance of the Elizabethan era but I felt the plot got lost in the minutiae. I felt that the author must have rushed the second book to get it published. The plot wasn’t as well thought out and some of the twists were very confusing. I am going to take a break from this series before deciding if I will read the third book. All in all I’m very happy that I finally completed my mission of finishing this book. I only wish that it had been a better investment.
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Kama
1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
A literary disaster
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 30, 2016
After having read and enjoyed the Discovery of Witches, although at times finding the romance between Dianna and Matthew a tad too much, this book was downright painful. It is hard to believe it is written by the same person! They specifically go back in time to find a...See more
After having read and enjoyed the Discovery of Witches, although at times finding the romance between Dianna and Matthew a tad too much, this book was downright painful. It is hard to believe it is written by the same person! They specifically go back in time to find a witch to teach Dianna but 15 chapters in they still haven''t found one. They travel back to the sixteenth century with apparently no awareness of the never ending danger this would put them in. Really??? Dianna (the brave and powerful lioness) has become a rather pathetic and weak female character who brings nothing but contradiction and bad one liners to the story and Matthew''s character is deeply entrenched in victim mentality with absolutely none of the fierce intelligence we saw in the first book. I became so frustrated with the contrast and horrific contradictions I actually cried out "oh come on!!", on more than one occasion. It''s as thought this was written because it had to be. Bad editing to boot! The story goes round and round in badly written circles that reach desperately for a remote semblance of a plot. After recommending the first book to many people and purchasing it for one, I am shocked and most disappointed at this ill attempt at a sequel. WOW! 47% of the way through and I just can''t do it anymore. The only redeeming factor and reason I made it this far, are the historical references which provide the reader with some small thread for the imagination amidst the jarring conradictions that are hard to follow. E.g. Being summoned dramatically to meet the vampire who controls all of London (suddenly appearing in the story out of nowhere) because Matthew didn''t introduce Dianna to him upon arrival... the tension builds dramatically with the knights all getting ready to go to this meeting together. Next, in the dark underbelly of the church (where Dianna who can barely see a thing as mentioned SO many times) she can see the colour of this guys irises after he quickly finishes turning someone into a vampire and then comes over to intimidate Dianna. Matthew acts brooding and the usual threats of violence, anger, blah, then Dianna commandeers the conversation and reminds them that she is under Phillips protection so she cannot be touched by him as the de Clermonts have amnesty from him in London (why they had to go through all of this when everyone knew that she is his wife, hence a de Clermont, is beyond me) then she has a casual chat with him and asks him to send her a witch to train her because she is tired and wants to go home. Nevermind the fact that these are their enemies and there is extreme danger anyone finding out she is a witch because witches are being arrested and tortured all over as we''ve encountered endlessly in ever chapter. Painful. Painful. Painful. How can lead characters change so radically and become so pathetic and downright stupid. How can the premise for the adventure (finding a witch to teach her) be no closer to being achieved, and only remotely attempted, half way through the book? Come on! The characters both now appear weak and utterly exasperating. Diana''s powers have all but disappeared and Matthew''s strength and intelligence are both long gone. Like a weak, love struck teenage witch and a brooding sulky vampire. Let''s not even get into the pregnancy. She falls pregnant as soon as they consummate their marriage (well the third one) and a weak later Matthew can hear the baby? A bit of research on fetal development may have helped here since there is no heartbeat at this stage and practically no difference in blood levels in the female body. Ok so let''s give them this anyway but then Diana''s response is "yeah I know"... Seriously? You''ve built up this story over two books with the imminent threat and danger and rarity of this impossibility and her response is flippant as though Matthew pointed out a missing button! Exasperating!!! For a fantasy novel it reads like a bad teenage romance and for historical fiction it lacks in plot and character. Seldom does a novel actually anger me but this one has managed. Wish I could say I hope the third is better but there is simply no way I can make it through the second to find that out.
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louise m
1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Boring
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 8, 2018
After reading the first book, a discovery of witches, I was so excited to keep reading about Diana and Matthews adventures that I immediately bought the 2 sequels. I am sorely disappointed! The first book was a love story meet fantasy meet magic book and it was written with...See more
After reading the first book, a discovery of witches, I was so excited to keep reading about Diana and Matthews adventures that I immediately bought the 2 sequels. I am sorely disappointed! The first book was a love story meet fantasy meet magic book and it was written with pure genius of how to keep the reader addicted. This book, however, is so tedious and boring! Time travelling back to Elizabethian times seemed a great concept.. but only a third of my way into the book, I genuinely feel let down with all the historical references and have gave up already. I am not in the slightest bit interested in Matthews previous lives.. this trilogy was, as it should be, about the discovery of witches. The book so far feels like the author is trying to fill space in order for this to be classed as a trilogy. Where is the book they went back for.. ashmole 782? There is too much reference to war.. and attire.. Diana is not even the slightest bit interesting.. she just puts up and shuts up. Really boring novel.
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Claire
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Like what happened in MAY????
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 23, 2018
Forced myself to get to the end as having bought the 3rd already I thought its bound to get better!! Nothing much happens of worth in the whole book. Even meeting her dad was boring and was a paragraph practically. There was so much potential, things couldve been so much...See more
Forced myself to get to the end as having bought the 3rd already I thought its bound to get better!! Nothing much happens of worth in the whole book. Even meeting her dad was boring and was a paragraph practically. There was so much potential, things couldve been so much more. Its the first time Ive ever thought - I bet the TV series is better than the books! I had to come on and read the reviews to see if I had slept read through a character dying and something massive happening in May that introduced apparently a new significant character - and literally what I have written is all thats mentioned about it right at the end of the book. So I was left with the worrisome feeling I was going to have to try and slog through that book again to find further references to it. Glad that I wasnt the only one left in the dark.
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Bex
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The Hunt Is On.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 23, 2015
Harkness weaves a really impressive historical fantasy with Shadow of Night as Matthew and Diana travel to the Elizabethan era to try and find the missing pages from Ashmole 782. Perhaps some of the more endearing qualities of this book are also its downfall, but it is a...See more
Harkness weaves a really impressive historical fantasy with Shadow of Night as Matthew and Diana travel to the Elizabethan era to try and find the missing pages from Ashmole 782. Perhaps some of the more endearing qualities of this book are also its downfall, but it is a sensational time capsule none the less. I adored this journey through Elizabethan England, resplendent with famous figures and the creativity of the period; the level of research within this novel is just incredible. Matthew has a unique connection with a number of recognisable figures, even for those readers who are not historians, and whilst this requires an open mind it is also incredibly fun to piece together key moments from the era. A number of events within this book presented an entirely new perspective on A Discovery of Witches as the potential implications of meddling in the past and the "knock-on" effect on people in the future in A Discovery of Witches begin to unfold. I would have liked to have explored this further, particularly relative to how authentic Matthew''s initial meeting of Diana really is, but perhaps that is to come in The Book of Life. In the previous instalment I had heralded Harkness'' approach to Matthew - a headstrong traditionalist with a tendency towards being controlling - as an expression of instinctual, primitive and undeniably animalistic behaviour due to his nature as a vampire. This time, I just don''t like him. I previously found Matthew endearing and was able to rationalise some of his less favourable behaviours, but in this novel he is, to me, a chauvinistic, controlling and unnecessarily dominant husband who no amount of explanation could excuse. Harkness tries to explain that Matthew has slipped back into the time when women were considered lesser than men; a trophy or possession. But that doesn''t work for me. He''s a 21st century man in the golden age of Tudor history because of time travel, not a 16th century gentleman who hasn''t seen the rise of women''s rights. His behaviour towards Diana is frequently abhorrent to me. I equally struggle with Diana''s, "I would die for you" mentality, but perhaps I''m confusing self sacrifice as a take on romance... Complaints aside, I still think this is a really intricate and cleverly crafted book with incredible attention to detail. I feel genuinely excited to keep reading; not just because I''m trying to spot the nods to significant historical events (of which I was really poor!). I hope that the final stage of this initial trilogy explores the impact changing the past had on the future and, most importantly, sees Matthew pull his head out of his backside.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 12, 2019
I was very much looking forward to reading this... I read a discovery of witches, first in the trilogy, years ago - long before this book was written! So I have been waiting a long time but overall felt disappointed and this book just did not hold my attention. So we pick...See more
I was very much looking forward to reading this... I read a discovery of witches, first in the trilogy, years ago - long before this book was written! So I have been waiting a long time but overall felt disappointed and this book just did not hold my attention. So we pick up where Discovery of Witches left off - Matthew and Diana going back in time for Diana to learn how to use her magic... but what followed was a long, very drawn out story of irrelevant details of how amazing Diana is while being unerringly annoying and pathetic at the same time... always some smart ass comment to literally everything people say... I don''t know how many times we get told in the beginning Diana is a historian....I know she is! I don''t need reminding once a paragraph! It all felt like a bit of a wasted opportunity. We spend so much time with famous historical figures yet I wasn''t very interested. Overall, I found I wasn''t very interested. There continues to be so much description about how everything looks and smells... I could appreciate this in the first book, but in the second, it just got on my nerves. Probably because not enough happened to balance out all this detail... I don''t even know how I could summarise this story... it''s so big and so much happens.... while at the same time nothing much seemed to happen at all of any relevance. I''m hoping all the strands of the story are drawn together for the final book and this one will then become worth the effort it took to read it!
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