Shadow of Night

Shadow of Night

Book - 2012
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A follow-up to 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
Characteristics: 584 pages ; 24 cm


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Feb 18, 2021

I skim read the first book in the series because there was too much irrelevant detail in it. The second book was more interesting to me because it was set in Elizabethan England. However, still way too much irrelevant detail.

ArapahoeTiegan Jan 24, 2021

I found myself almost needing to put this book down a few times in the beginning. I hated how Matthew would control Diana and how she just went along with it. The historical aspect was kind of cool, but seemed unnecessary to the overall story with Diana and Matthew. I also did not like the feeling of so much flip-flopping and just running around for the sake of it. How many witches were called to help Diana only to then not work out for one reason or another? Ridiculous. Prague felt pretty unnecessary - it was just a way for Matthew to be jealous of someone because they dared to pay attention to Diana. Annoying. There were so many ways I feel this could have been smoother and added more to the story, but none of it actually happened and what was felt obnoxious compared to how things were presented in book one.

Oct 27, 2020

The author's ability to weave history into the plot was nonetheless remarkable! I think I enjoyed this second book most of all.

Oct 20, 2020

I loved the first book but having difficulty with the second. Drags on. Not liking Matthew. Can’t stand his friends. Keep thinking Diana should leave Matthew, he’s not the man she married. I will finish it but hope it gets better.

jrbubbles1 Oct 16, 2020

In this second installment in the series, Matthew and Diana travel through time to locate and enchanted manuscript and find Diana a teacher so she can learn how to properly use her magic powers. Matthew has to confront his feelings for his father. Him and Diana get married even though it is prohibited for a witch and vampire to marry. I enjoyed reading this book.

Mar 08, 2020

Book Two of All Souls Trilogy

Feb 17, 2020

Endless. Needed a good editor to cut it down by about half.

Dear Author,

You dont need to put everything including the kitchen sink into your story. You know lots of things. That's just great. Save some of what you know for your next 6 books.

Yours truly
A Reader

Dec 06, 2019

Loved this book

Nov 14, 2019

A slow middle book with no ending
A witch and a vampire hide out in 1590 Europe while she learns to control her powers.
After timewalking from present day, Diana has to learn to live in Elizabethan England, adapt to the customs of the day, and attempt to blend in. Lots of historical figures pop in and out, friends of Matthew in the "School of Night", and she feasts on the living history. But it is only when she is at Sept-Tours that the book really brings the same sense of place that the first book did. She learns about the nature of her witch powers from a coven, and her family grows in size, including a nephew named Gallowglass.
The sense of place that was so common in each of the locales in the first book is not as vivid, except in Sept-Tours with Philippe (Matthew's father). In addition, the book drags on and on in places with hardly anything happening relative to the mystery of magic, rather than just politics of the day, yet there are two fairly important events regarding children that are practically ignored as commonplace (with seemingly no emotional impact at all). There are also major happenings that happen elsewhere in time, and you only hear about them as throwaway news, including the death of a significant character.
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow her on social media.

Dec 23, 2017

I loved A Discovery of Witches (the 1st book of the All Souls Trilogy). The first time I read Shadow of Night (the 2nd book of the Trilogy), it was very tough to read. The pacing, especially the first part of the book was really difficult to follow. There were so many characters! But after the first few chapters, it began to pick up. The 2nd time I read the book, the first few chapters made a lot more sense and the pacing didn't bother me at all. The author Deborah Harkness puts so much details into the books, that it takes at least 2 reads just to absorb it all. The more you read, the more you notice how wonderful the plotlines are. Bottom line: don't get discouraged. It is well worth it. I loved the Trilogy! The 1st and 2nd book are my favorites. These books got me reading again. Now I want to read more fiction!

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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.

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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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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