Title: Shadow of Night
Author: Deborah Harkness
Genre: Paranormal, Historical, Adventure. Romance
The Blurb: Book Two of the All Souls Trilogy plunges Diana and Matthew into Elizabethan London, a world of spies and subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the mysterious School of Night. The mission is to locate a witch to tutor Diana and to find traces of Ashmole 782, but as the net of Matthew’s past tightens around them they embark on a very different journey, one that takes them into heart of the 1,500 year old vampire’s shadowed history and secrets. For Matthew, time travel is no simple matter; nor is Diana’s search for the key to understanding her legacy. Shadow of Night brings us a rich and splendid tapestry of alchemy, magic, and history, taking us through the loop of time to deliver a deepening love story, a tale of blood, passion, and the knotted strands of the past.
My Thoughts: It is going to be very hard to review this and not give away any spoilers, but I’ll give it a go. It has been a while since I read the first book in the Trilogy ‘A Discovery of Witches’ so I my initial worry was that I might not remember who was who, and what was what. This didn’t happen, phew! SHADOW OF NIGHT picks up immediately after Matthew and Diana zap into Elizabethan England. The plot is complex and extremely well written, do not sneer and think of the teen lit vampire stories – the characters in this book, and it’s predecessor, almost jump out of the pages at you they’re so real. The story is cleverly entwined with real historical figures and events – the one that affects Diana the most is the growing fear of witchcraft and the persecution, torture and executions of hundreds of witches. Diana and Matthew have to complete their mission and return to the present day without doing anything to change the course of history, because even the most minor event could have a huge impact on the present day. The pace of the story is very fast; I rarely read huge tomes of a book, but their adventures kept me glued to the pages. Author Deborah Harkness is a professor of History, and knows her stuff, the sights, sounds and smells of Elizabethan Europe are evoked vividly. As I write this review Harkness hasn’tannounced a date for the third novel to be released, in fact she hasn’t finished writing it; however, I will be front and centre for getting my hands on a copy as soon as the announcement is made.
Rating: A – Excellent it is a real page turner and hard to put down
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