by Deborah Harkness
Published July 10th 2012 by Viking Adult
“Together we lifted our feet and stepped into the unknown”—the thrilling sequel to the New York Times bestseller A Discovery of Witches
Deborah Harkness exploded onto the literary scene with her debut novel, A Discovery of Witches, Book One of the magical All Souls Trilogy and an international publishing phenomenon. The novel introduced Diana Bishop, Oxford scholar and reluctant witch, and the handsome geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont; together they found themselves at the center of a supernatural battle over an enchanted manuscript known as Ashmole 782.
Now, 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.
Deborah 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.
I was super excited about getting an ARC of this book. I am a huge fan of A Discovery of Witches and am now a huge fan of Shadow of Night. Shadow of Night picks up right where Discovery left off, so if you have not read the first book, I highly advise you to do so before reading Shadow of Night, otherwise you may be a bit confused, oh and you will also be missing out on a super awesome story!
I don’t want o give too much away, but in Shadow we learn more about both Matthew and Diana, as they learn more about themselves. We are introduced to quite a few historically famous people, who just happened to be friends with Matthew in Elizabethan England, unfortunately, even though Diana expects to have intelligent conversations with some of these men, she soon learns that not all of Matthew’s friends are as accepting of her as she would have hoped. This causes both tension and problems for the new couple.
The longer Diana and Matthew stay in Elizabethan England, the more they change history, causing ripples that run all the way through to modern day, little hiccups that the rest of the family, still in modern times, must strive to clean up in order to cover-up Diana and Matthew’s time jump. This was a neat way of keeping the reader connected to what was going on in the present time, so that we were not left wondering what was going on with Ysabeau and the rest of the de Clermont family.
Overall, I have nothing but positive things to say about this book and I highly recommend it to anyone who read the first book, if you have not read Discovery, please do so and follow up with this one. I recommend this book more to adults, this is because there is sex in this book, it is not super graphic but it is described in some detail. The positive is that this is sex between a married couple in order to consummate the marriage and make it official in both the human and supernatural worlds, and to prove their love for eachother.
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