Shadow of Night

Shadow of Night

[a Novel]

Book - 2012
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A follow-up to the best-selling A Discovery of Witches finds Oxford scholar and reluctant witch Diana and vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont in Elizabethan London, where Diana seeks a magical tutor and Matthew confronts elements from his past at the same time the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2012
ISBN: 9780670023486
0670023485
Branch Call Number: F HAR NVD
Characteristics: 584 p. ; 24 cm

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bfjafari
Sep 30, 2017

Love all three books. A very fun read.

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Raye27
Jun 21, 2016

Sweep me away, first into a world of paranormality, second into history twisted and changed out of all recognizeable fact. Fun, shaped with new textures and twists, I would recommend this series to any fan of Fantasy or Paranormal Fiction.

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andrearbearman
Mar 16, 2016

I enjoyed this book, although not as much as the first book or the third book. I liked that it was back in history, it was a bit... kitschy sometimes. I do try to not take books, especially fictional, seriously because it's just a bit of fun and entertainment on an otherwise dreary day.

Good story. Love the series.

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auntieLib
Jan 11, 2016

deborah harkness is one of the best authors/storytellers...her works are particularly suited for those who like intelligent stories ...love her

staceyb123 Sep 05, 2015

It didn't take too long to complete. I really enjoyed how the book was split up by parts and not just chapters.

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Wong_Anne
Jun 09, 2015

Harkness began her All Souls Trilogy with "A Discovery of Witches". This is book 2 of the series. It picks up with Diana and Matthew in 1590. The sixteenth century is a dangerous time for witches, particularly for one that is unsure of her power and how it can be used. But is it more dangerous than the present they left behind? Will their time in the past cause changes to the future?

Alchemy, magic, vampires, daemons, and historical people populate this second novel in the series.

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omgidk86
Feb 10, 2015

Loved this book. The detail regarding historical dress and culture was fascinating.

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LT
Jan 17, 2015

Shaggy dog story. Too much posturing and rhetoric from School of Night members, not enough plot movement. Our supposedly liberated heroine goes all limp and passive. Frustrating. I confess, I only read the first third of the book, then gave up.

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jamaicajamaica
Aug 17, 2014

What a disappointment.

I found the first book, A Discovery of Witches, so engaging and the story had so much promise that I was looking forward to the sequel. I don't usually read anything but stand-alone books. Multiple book series always seem to be more about money and keeping readers buying books than writing a good story or even writing well.

Unfortunately this is certainly the case with Shadow of Night.

This book had nothing to do with the first book really. It was basically a treatise on Elizabethan England. Where famous MEN (meh) of the era subsume the protagonists' story.

I kept waiting for the story to begin.

Unfortunately little occurred in this book to propel the story so elegantly begun in the first book forward. Really, don't bother reading it except the last few pages.

No writer worth her salt or with any respect for her readers would put something out like this. It's like a whole book of filler.

I hope her third book is as good as the first. It would be a tragedy if it were not.

That would be turning gold into lead.

hermans Apr 16, 2014

Could not finish the book. Slammed it shut after 500 tedious pages. The main characters seemed to get more stupid with every page. When you keep hoping that they get killed off for their stupidity, it tells you something is wrong. I also will save my time and not read the next one. Sorry, but a Uni. professor and historian who is too stupid to be capable of wiping her own nose... Really. Appears she lost an IQ point for every year she went into the past. And don't get me started on witches who can turn the tides of war, but cannot even save themselves from a few ignorant peasants.

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AnneDromeda Aug 09, 2012

Fans of fantasy and paranormal romance well remember the big splash author Deborah Harkness made last year with her debut novel, *A Discovery of Witches*. That book had it all - yoga, wine collecting, adventures in Oxford’s famed Bodleian Library, and a whirlwind romance with a handsome, brooding stranger who happened to be a vampire. To sweeten the pot, this wasn’t another plodding story about some hapless girl who falls for an immortal himbo with a mood disorder and an offshore bank account. No, heroine Diana Bishop is a witch, fearsome and powerful in her own right. Well, the good news is, she’s back.<br />

*Shadow of Night* picks up right where *A Discovery of Witches* left off, with Diana and Matthew landing in a heap in the 16th century, in search of Ashmole 782 - the manuscript that caused all the trouble in the first book. Deborah Harkness is an historian by trade, so the details on 16th century life are both bountiful and accurate. <br />

The bad news is, these very details may bog down the book for some readers. Fans who found the first book flagged in the second half before finding its way to a mind-bending conclusion will probably also take issue with pacing in *Shadow of Night*’s first half. Fortunately, the action and witty humour that characterized the best parts of book one return by the second half of the book. For those who have been waiting with baited breath for more of Diana and Matthew, *Shadow of Night* will more than likely scratch the itch. <br />

Certainly, fans of *A Discovery of Witches* who also love Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series will find lots to love in *Shadow of Night* - the tirelessly researched historical detail, time travelling, and a heroine coming into her strength are all appeal factors that cross over between the two series. That said, I wouldn’t recommend any readers new to the series start here. While I sense this series is headed for great things, *Shadow of Night* is certainly not as strong an offering as *Discovery*, and the fantasy universe Harkness has created won’t make much sense if read out of order. All in all, *Shadow of Night* is fun summer reading, but not essential to anyone not planning on following the series.

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helenhag1217
Jul 17, 2012

The second novel in the All Souls Trilogy, begun with "A Discover of Witches". Diane Bishop & Matthew de Clermont have gone back to 16th century London, to find a specific alchemical manuscript, and to find a magical tutor for Diane. They meet up with an assortment of notable personages, in England & Austria during their travels. As they endure danger, and meet unexpected people, their bonds of love only strengthen.

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helenhag1217
Jul 17, 2012

'"Witches don't believe in the devil," I told him. Of all the bizarre things humans said about witches, this was the most incomprehensible.'

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