Shadow of Night

I ve read some of the comments and reviews on here for the book and I just have to start out by saying that with the advent of blogs review pages etc there have been many folks who believe that t

I've read some of the comments and "reviews" on here for the book and I just have to start out by saying that with the advent of blogs, review pages, etc, there have been many folks who believe that they would make excellent book reviewers. I have to say the long commentary on here of them moaning and groaning and being annoyed by an author makes me want to go stick a pencil in my eye.That being said apparently many people believe that the cosummation section of the book should have been in detail. I'm here to say that I personally believe that leaving something to the imagination is a BEAUTIFUL thing. Fifty shades of grey is SMUT and to go into graphic detail in SON would have made me want to hurl. So thank you Deborah for not being super graphic.I love historical based fiction and that is exactly what this book's structure tends to follow. Yes it is a love story and it is about witches and vampires, but guess what, it is the details that some folks are moaning and groaning about that really set the scene. Because of the way Deborah gives detials I can vividly picture every part of the book in my mind. To me that is fantastic writing. So if you are looking for a dirty romance novel go find Fifty Shades. If you actually want to read something that has substance/historical references then read this trilogy.Popular Shadow of Night Author Deborah Harkness is Book IT BEGAN WITH A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES.Historian Diana Bishop, descended from a line of powerful witches, and long lived vampire Matthew Clairmont have broken the laws dividing creatures When Diana discovered a significant alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, she sparked a struggle in which she became bound to Matthew Now the fragile coexistence of witches, daemoIT BEGAN WITH A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES.Historian Diana Bishop, descended from a line of powerful witches, and long lived vampire Matthew Clairmont have broken the laws dividing creatures When Diana discovered a significant alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, she sparked a struggle in which she became bound to Matthew Now the fragile coexistence of witches, daemons, vampires and humans is dangerously threatened.Seeking safety, Diana and Matthew travel back in time to London, 1590 But they soon realize that the past may not provide a haven Reclaiming his former identity as poet and spy for Queen Elizabeth, the vampire falls back in with a group of radicals known as the School of Night Many are unruly daemons, the creative minds of the age, including playwright Christopher Marlowe and mathematician Thomas Harriot.Together Matthew and Diana scour Tudor London for the elusive manuscript Ashmole 782, and search for the witch who will teach Diana how to control her remarkable powers. My life has been a series of left turns that nevertheless took me in the right direction though it didn t always seem so at the time I went to college to be a theater major and ended up studying the Renaissance I went to grad school to become a college administrator and loved to teach so much I became a college professor instead I thought I wanted to be a Tudor Stuart historian, and found myself a historian of science I started blogging because a friend needed help on a project in 2006 and am still blogging about wine today I started writing a novel in the fall of 2008, and it became a New York Times Bestseller in February 2011 A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES The second volume in the All Souls Trilogy, SHADOW OF NIGHT, came out in July 2012 and debuted at 1 on the NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller s List What s next The final volume of the trilogy, of course THE BOOK OF LIFE, coming July 15 2014 to the US, UK, Canada, and Republic of Ireland.. Good Kindle Shadow of Night Request to Readers of This Review who LOVED the bookPlease stop NOW & do not read this review. Based on the ridiculous & repetitive comments left by lovers of this trilogy, many of you cannot handle opinions that do not conform to your own & feel the need to call me stupid, tell me I have no right to read this book, & other nonsense. If you feel that way, FINE. Just stop telling me! I don't care! I don't troll lovers of this trilogy & tell them they are morons for liking the books, so I'd appreciate it you'd return the favor. I've been REALLY patient for years, but I'm kinda over that now. Thanks!Because this is such a long book (too long), I'm going to give periodic reviews--every 100 pages or so--then write an overview of the book that wraps everything up about the book I hate. I already say hate because it's apparent from the first 97 pages I've read that Harkness makes all the same mistakes/repeats all the same themes from the first book. Warning--my review will have spoilers. I mean, I will try not to divulge really important events (if they actually happen, ha ha) but I may discuss things that you the future reader of this book may not want to know. As for the first 97 pages of this novel, nothing happens. Matthew and Diana arrive in late 16th century England (1590) and we meet Christopher Marlowe, Walter Raleigh, Henry the duke (who I assume is also a historical figure) and assorted other characters, some of whom are daemons and vampires (Christopher Marlowe is a daemon whose nickname is "Kit"). They spend a whole lot of time talking and trying to figure out why Diana is so weird (apparently the two brainiacs Matthew and Diana are surprised that her 21st century American mannerisms, speech and personality are out of place in Elizabethan England) and when it is revealed she is a witch and a time-spinner (I think that is the term used), a cover story is created to explain her sudden appearance in Matthew's life and where she came from. What kills me about this story is that it is impossibly complicated, bizarre and unbelievable and any good liar knows that the more complex a lie, the harder it is to remember. So Diana (who has yet to impress me with her intellectual abilities) is struggling to remember her life story, how to write the Elizabethan way (the description of her practicing her script is ridiculously long and boring), and trying to convince everyone that yes, she is a witch (ha ha).Eventually Matthew decides to get to the business that brought them to this time period: finding a witch professor for Diana so she can learn to be a witch. Their whole method of going about this is idiotic. Wouldn't you think they would have searched history (before leaping into the past) looking for a witch professor? Diana's a witch and a scholar--wouldn't she know who in the past would have been a great teacher for her? Matthew lived in this time period so wouldn't he know? I mean, he seems to freaking know everyone else historically important of that time period. No, they went into the past with no idea of who could help her and so Matthew decides to put out what amounts to a 16th century craigslist advertisement. This is what Diana says about that: "The late 16th century really isn't a good time to openly ask around for a witch, Matthew." Ha, you think so? The interview with the witch (who resembles the cartoon version of a witch down to a wart on her nose) goes as well as everyone expected--that is, it's a complete disaster. So now the witch (to protect herself from being labeled as a witch) is now claiming that Diana made her sick, yadda yadda yadda and while some members of this over-peopled household are worried about the rumors, Matthew is arrogant and says, "Eh, it's just gossip. It'll blow over." He is supremely stupid for a vampire who has lived through many ages and has seen what village gossip can do--it can get his wife burned at the stake. So someone (who knows which character because there are too damn many of them) says, hey, the village elder and religious leader are coming to accuse Diana of being a witch (which is hilarious because she is the most useless witch ever) and Matthew is like, eh, no biggie, and they all sit around bantering and exchanging witticisms as if they are at a cocktail party. At the end of this chapter, Matthew is summoned by his father to visit him and Diana goes too (of course). It is also revealed that not only is Matthew a vampire extraordinaire, he is also a: member of the Congregation, a member of the Order of Lazarus and a spy. I'm a little foggy on the spy stuff because I just didn't care and the explanation made no sense to me--something about Protestants and Catholics blah blah blah. Thus, it is already obvious to me that this sequel is following the same path as the first book: lots of extraneous details about clothes, Diana's writing practice, food and the idiotic conversations between the characters which I'm guessing the author thinks are amusing (they aren't); Diana is still the most awesome-ist witch ever...who can do nothing practical; when trouble finds them, they change location; and now apparently Matthew isn't just a highly intelligent vampire, he is also friends with anyone who matters and a member of two (at page 97) powerful secret organizations AND a spy. My oh my he is a busy guy. No wonder he hasn't had time to have sex with his wife yet. I don't know why the author has to make these two characters so incredibly powerful and (at least as far as Matthew is concerned) influential. They are like super-paranormal-heroes whose fatal flaws are their incredible stupidity (and inability to plan ahead). So from page 97 to page 298 guess what happens? A whole lotta nothing. Well, nothing that moves the plot forward, whatever the hell the plot is in this book. Here are a few noteworthy events:1. Philippe, Matthew's father (who is also a vamp), marries them again. There are pages of the pre-wedding ceremony, the wedding, the wedding party...and for those of you waiting with breathless anticipation (I don't know who you are, but you will be bummed) for their passion (ha ha) to be consummated--it is! And it's the most boring sex scene ever. Total snoozer. These two have about as much passion and chemistry as worms mating. Say what you will about the Twilight series, but at least Bella and Edward had passion. 2. Diana kills a witch. Whoopsie. Guess we have to relocate. Again.3. So, I'm more thrilled by this...the reappearance of the stretchy black pants! Woo! How did this happen in 16th century England you ask? Well, Matthew (who is a tailor among all his other fantastical skills) cut up and then sewed together a pair of his hose so she could have something resembling her beloved stretchy black pants. I'm so happy for her. 4. I have a problem with this sentence: "Matthew considered telling me that it was a secret but wisely refrained" (page 222). The book is being told from Diana's perspective, so how does she know what Matthew is thinking? How does she know he wisely refrained from speaking? This is poor writing and equally poor editing. 5. Another nitpick (I could do this more because the book is full of stupid sentences but I'm selecting the ones that really irritate me): Diana is in London and comments that the carriages she sees in the streets look nothing like the carriages in Jane Austen films. Oh, Diana, you scholarly moron. Maybe that's because Jane Austen was born two centuries later (late 18th century) and the movie people did their research and used carriages appropriate to the time. Sigh.5. Gallowglass calling Diana "Auntie" is annoying as hell.I can't figure out this book. There's just no logic to it. Diana and Matthew and their entourage of extraneous characters move from city to city while she shops and learns to be a 16th century woman and Matthew does whatever he is supposed to be doing. I'm so bored with this book. I detest both of the main characters because they are written completely without depth--they don't have enough character in their characters for me to be interested in them or care about them. They are vapid and boring and annoying. And I don't understand what kind of vampires inhabit Harkness's world. They apparently can eat and drink human food/liquids, stay out day or night, don't necessarily have to drink human blood...I mean, they just aren't very vampire-y. The mythology of the creatures (witches, vampires, daemons) is so poorly defined that I don't know what they are supposedly capable of/what their powers are. I'm about half-way through the book and I don't see that the story has even started yet. Is this the world's longest prologue? A Few More Bitchy Nitpicks and Overall Opinion of this Crappy BookI wasted a few hours of this partially sunny Saturday morning finishing up this book so I could be done with it. Hell, even 50 Shades of Idiocy is better than this book. First, a few more nitpicks:1. My confusion regarding the role of supernatural creatures in the world (past and present) continues. It seems that almost everyone (that is, humans) know these creatures exist, but for some reason the creatures are concerned about keeping themselves undetectable, but most humans seem to know they are around. Huh? 2. Supposedly witches and vampires so powerful and scary, yet Matthew and Diana (and their crew of assorted humans, daemons and vampires) allow themselves to be bullied and ordered around by humans. Queen Elizabeth orders them to Prague, they go. The Emperor of Prague (or whomever Rudolf was) pushes them around and they allow it. I don't understand this. These are the most ineffectual supernatural creatures in popular fiction.3. In keeping with the above complaint, the long, drawn-out nonsense of their visit to Prague is mind-boggling stupid. Rudolf wants Diana (because, along with all her other talents, she is scrumptious eye candy) and neither Diana nor Matthew like that. So Rudolf pursues and she resists...but why didn't they use this to their advantage? He has the Ashmole manuscript they want, he wants Diana. You're telling me they couldn't have used his desire against him, tricked him and gained the book from him? Oh, right, that would presume planning and cleverness on their part, skills they particularly lack. Plus Diana didn't finish her witchy training since they went to Prague when she started learning how to weave her magical threads. 4. This whole declaration grosses me out: "After all my searching, I discover that I am who always was: Matthew de Clermont. Husband. Father. Vampire. And I am here for only one reason: to make a difference" (page 479). Well, goody for you, Matthew. Make a difference in what? Eye roll.5. That whole "oh, no, Diana's in trouble again but this time she saves herself" load of bs near the end was meaningless. Kit (Christopher Marlowe) and Louisa (Matthew's sister) try to kill Diana but eventually the idiot remembers she's a witch with a firedrake living in her gut so she saves herself. This whole scene is forced. First, Kit has betrayed Diana to other witches over and over again. Why is he even still with them? He's in love with Matthew (of course) and it's clear he wants her gone. Matthew is so quick to remove anyone who endangers Diana, even friends, but he allows Kit to remain? And Diana, who knows Kit is perpetually up to no good, willingly follows him to an area where they are alone and is surprised when he wants to do her harm. Everything about this confrontation is false and dumb and for what purpose? For us to know Diana can save herself? Who cares.6. Another first person/third person screw-up: "And there's no chance my going any faster, Matthew thought..." WTF. First, the obvious--if the book is told in first person, you know only the thoughts of that person. That's why it's called "first person." If Harkness had wanted us to know what Matthew is thinking, she should have written in third person omniscient. And the two times she's made this idiot error it's to reveal thoughts that aren't significant or interesting. Matthew's thought above is about how he can't possibly drive the car any faster. Who knows why readers needed to know this but the book is full of stupidity so nothing surprises me. 7. I'm not sure what the point of the last chapter was. I found it to be a rather uninspiring and boring way to end the book. I'm guessing Harkness wanted to show how her character Anne ends up being in Shakespeare's household. Is this Anne supposed to be the Anne he marries? Anne Hathaway was about 10 years older than Shakespeare and they married when he was 18...but whatever. Harkness could also be implying that she didn't think Shakespeare wrote his own material, that Christopher Marlowe at the very least inspired some of it. This theory makes me crazy (because it's been disproven over and over again), but again, whatever. The author is making use of "artistic license" here so who am I to complain?This book has been a nightmare to read. The first book had at least a story of some sort to keep me reading and Diana and Matthew (at least in the beginning) were interesting and likeable characters. This sequel is awful. Diana and Matthew are idealized creations--they have all the best talents, they are supremely unique, they will affect the future, Matthew knows everyone and is involved in all sorts of intrigues, plus he has time to be an architect and romance the Queen of England. They are too perfect and have no real obstacles to overcome. Nothing happens in this novel. Diana and Matthew float through its pages and allow things to happen to them, but they never take charge and make anything happen. I don't see how they are any different at the conclusion of the novel than they were at the beginning. Diana knows a little more witchcraft, their marriage is stronger (so the author says but I don't see any difference) but nothing substantial has changed. They didn't learn anything from the Ashmole book except that the material it is made from is particularly gruesome. They didn't seem to gain any knowledge or experience worthwhile the whole time they wandered around the 16th century. This book is just one long description of food, scents and clothes. Which may have been okay if the author knew how to bring historical scenes alive, but she doesn't. This is a semi-historical book with supernatural creatures thrown in.The number of historical figures who make appearances in this book is overwhelming. The historical name-dropping is annoying. Making Christopher Marlowe a daemon and Walter Raleigh a knight in the Order of Lazarus added nothing to the novel. In fact, the addition of all the historical figures did nothing for the novel whatsoever. They didn't move the plot forward (again, what's the plot?) and these historical people popped up so often it became a game of Historical Whack-A-Mole. I hated how Harkness tied these people into her characters' lives. Like much of the novel's contents, there was no need for it. With this novel, Harkness seems to have created her idealized version of an extended family (the overly sentimental scene at the end had me gagging), her idealized version of herself and her perfect mate, and as a historian she of course added into the novel all of her favorite historical figures. (Well, maybe she didn't like Christopher Marlowe since he was such a jerk.) But she stuffed the novel with a multitude of meaningless events, too many forgettable characters and pages and pages of boring food and clothing descriptions. What she neglected was a compelling plot. Harkness seems to have written this novel merely to please herself and her interests and forgot about her readers. This is a self-indulgent book written by an author who is spoiled by a lack of editorial oversight. An editor with any sense and skill could have shaped this shapeless lump of a novel into a compelling, suspenseful read with intriguing characters. Instead we got this mess. There's no way in hell I will suffer through the next novel. Life's too short to read another one of Harkness's bad books.P.S.I feel as if I should add something about the time travel part of the book. It bothered me when I was reading it, but so much of the book is wrong that I completely forget about it when writing this review. I've read a certain amount of time-traveling books but I don't really pay too much attention to the mechanics of it (which is funny since I am a huge sci-fi geek) as long as it seems to make some kind of logical sense (within the novel). In this book, I was okay with the current Matthew disappearing and his place being taken up by future Matthew however the idea that when he and Diana leave events will flow on as before, unchanged, left me banging my head on my desk. Huh? Won't someone notice that he's missing a wife? Won't the 16th century Matthew come back and wonder what the heck's been going on? That made no freaking sense to me at all. You can't just have your characters pop in, change things up, then pop out again and expect no one to notice or for them not to change future events. Everyone with a brain knows that. Again, more evidence that Harkness had no freaking idea of what the hell she was doing with this book. At her author presentation I attended, someone asked her how she wrote the book and taught and promoted the first book all at the same time. Well, yeah, you can see how she did it--the book reflects how little thought and re-writing she put into it. Where oh where was her editor?!!!! Addition:Despite my above statement that there is no way in hell I will read the last book in the trilogy, I did. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. Here's the link: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
Shadow of Night All Souls Trilogy, Bk All 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 pages, it s over If you ve already read and enjoyed A Discovery of Witches, picking up Shadow of Night is Shadow of Night Shadow of Night All Souls Series by Deborah Harkness May , Picking up from A Discovery of Witches cliffhanger ending, Shadow of Night takes Diana and Matthew 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. Shadow of Night All Souls Trilogy Wiki Fandom Shadow of Night is the second installment of the All Souls Trilogy written by Deborah Harkness It was published in July of by Penguin Books and was on the New York Times bestseller list. Shadow of Night Summary SuperSummary Shadow of Night is a historical fantasy with paranormal elements by Deborah Harkness The second book in the All Souls trilogy, it follows the main characters as they travel back through time to Elizabethan London to solve a deadly mystery The first book in the trilogy, A Discovery of Witches, is now a popular tv series. Shadow of Night All Souls Trilogy, by Deborah Harkness Picking up from A Discovery of Witches cliffhanger ending, Shadow of Night takes Diana and Matthew 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.

  1. My life has been a series of left turns that nevertheless took me in the right direction though it didn t always seem so at the time I went to college to be a theater major and ended up studying the Renaissance I went to grad school to become a college administrator and loved to teach so much I became a college professor instead I thought I wanted to be a Tudor Stuart historian, and found myself a historian of science I started blogging because a friend needed help on a project in 2006 and am still blogging about wine today I started writing a novel in the fall of 2008, and it became a New York Times Bestseller in February 2011 A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES The second volume in the All Souls Trilogy, SHADOW OF NIGHT, came out in July 2012 and debuted at 1 on the NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller s List What s next The final volume of the trilogy, of course THE BOOK OF LIFE, coming July 15 2014 to the US, UK, Canada, and Republic of Ireland.

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  1. Request to Readers of This Review who LOVED the bookPlease stop NOW do not read this review Based on the ridiculous repetitive comments left by lovers of this trilogy, many of you cannot handle opinions that do not conform to your own feel the need to call me stupid, tell me I have no right to read this book, other nonsense If you feel that way, FINE Just stop telling me I don t care I don t troll lovers of this trilogy tell them they are morons for liking the books, so I d appreciate it you d r [...]


  2. I ve read some of the comments and reviews on here for the book and I just have to start out by saying that with the advent of blogs, review pages, etc, there have been many folks who believe that they would make excellent book reviewers I have to say the long commentary on here of them moaning and groaning and being annoyed by an author makes me want to go stick a pencil in my eye.That being said apparently many people believe that the cosummation section of the book should have been in detail [...]


  3. You gave your life to me Diana Bishop It s time to make use of it This is a hard review to write How do I sum up all the intense emotions and thoughts that this book conjured in me So please forgive me if this review is not worthy of the book for this was truly an incredible story and like the first book, one I will have to read again and again The book starts off exactly where A Discovery of Witches ended, Matthew and Diana have traveled back to Oxford 1591 in search of a witch powerful enough [...]


  4. Worst Sequel Ever I loved Discovery of Witches and couldn t wait to dive into the sequel, particularly now that they have traveled back in time to Elizabethan England Unfortunately, this outing started out bad and just got worse Harkness punishes readers with endless dialogue between Matthew s incredibly boring friends, who there are, like six of and all six of them are interchangeable and awful Totally unnecesary characters could have been reduced to one or two friends, since they all have the [...]


  5. My rating 2.5 of 5 starsShadow of Night picks up immediately after A Discovery of Witches ends and I do mean immediately with little to no refresher This was my second attempt at reading and I attribute my success at completing it solely because of this recap I found online which was an immense help with Matthew and Diana traveling back into the past to search for Ashmole 782 and to seek Diana help with her powers For those that don t remember Ashmole 782 the bewitched alchemical manuscript that [...]


  6. I was fairly eager to read Shadow of Night after reading Discovery of Witches I didn t hate it I didn t love it While I certainly had my qualms about the first book book you can read my review to see about that , my review of Shadow of Night is equally ambivalent, but for different reasons SPOILERS AHEAD First, the good Harkness finally utilizes her skills as an Elizabethan historian for than painting a sentimental picture of Oxford Taking her characters into Elizabethan England was smart becau [...]


  7. Cannot believe this book has 4 stars Have you read the same book I just suffered through actually listened to as a 24 hour long audiobook should have been my first warning I don t even want to read the 3rd book I m so turned off by this LONG, confusing sequel I can t imagine how she will be able to close the MANY loose ends she has floating out there And by the way, did anyone else follow that crazy weaver business Two of many pet peeves about this was the lame jack be nimble, jack be quick rea [...]


  8. I received an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley, thanks to the helpful comments from friends here on GoodReads Following is my review of the book.This story begins at the same point where A Discovery of Witches left off, with Diana Matthew landing safely in Elizabethan England Diana is enthralled with the idea of living the historical events she has spent her life studying, and is a bit nonplussed by the fact that even with all her knowledge of the times and people, she is woefully un [...]


  9. As soon as I finished A Discovery of Witches, I immediately went online to find out when I should expect the sequel It was a long wait, but completely worth it Harkness view of Elizabethan London and Europe is just awesome, and the trip to Prague was an added bonus that I had not expected Not only did the plot line get compelling, but Harkness was also able to weave in the difficulties of the newly wed I savored every minute of this novel, and I can hardly wait to get it on audio.Audio was just [...]


  10. I wish I could give this book than 3 stars To be honest it s receiving three only because I it piqued my interest just enough to finish it.I was so excited to read the second installment to Diana and Matthew s journey after reading The Discovery of Witches a couple of years ago and absolutely adoring the first book This book, I found, was too long with too many unnecessary characters Yes I became aware after reading the book that there is a glossary in the back of the book.but on a Kindle you d [...]


  11. So imagine you ve written a story about vampires and witches who hunt for a mysterious book full of power and life The story is set in the modern day with much of the action taking part in the city of Oxford along with many memorable scenes occurring in the Bodleian library It all sounds pretty decent Your central character slowly falls in love with a vampire the feelings are returned The two decide to pool their resources as they are both working for very similar aims Their hunt for the book ap [...]


  12. This book was unbearable I wrote a really lengthy review then lost it before saving, but I have so many problems with this book that I honestly don t feel like writing them up again.I m just going to lay out some general reasons why you shouldn t read this book Most of the new characters are either boring or annoying Matthew also becomes immensely annoying with his constant desire to keep secrets and treat her like she is incapable of understanding him.If a character is annoying the author will [...]


  13. What a wonderful, vibrant, rich exciting thriller mystery love story this is.Loved how the supernatural is woven through the story as Diana and Matthew journey through Elizabethan Europe A cracking read, and a worthy sequel to DoW Can t wait for the next one.


  14. Re read 12 17 17I didn t dislike this novel any on a re read Indeed, knowing what s going to occur in the next novel actually improved the overall plot for me I originally came to the conclusion that most of the historical plots were relatively inconsequential After all, aren t we playing tourists with the time travel bits But no The plots and the carry through with a large cast of characters both vampire and other feels entirely justified on the re read Other than that, I pretty much squeed all [...]


  15. I m bored out of my mind and just can t read another page I ve been reading this book for over a week, hundreds and hundreds of pages, and virtually nothing has happened There has been so little forward progress, it s astonishing Too many boring, insignificant characters have been introduced The amount of historical information and intricate detail is remarkable, but also mind numbing So many times I wanted to scream Just get on with the story already Farewell Diana and Matthew I hope you get yo [...]


  16. Every so often, a book comes along It s everything you imagine a great fiction to be It evokes the tremendous joy of just being able to read, to immerse yourself in a book so fully, to jump into a journey where every sense in your body is heightened, and your mind stimulated Then the last page is turned, you sigh with sadness since you know you will not be able to find another book like this for a long, long time Shadow of Night is such a book.I wrote these in my review of the first book of the [...]


  17. My Diana and Matthew Wow, what a sophisticated and remarkable story Shadow of Night was like nothing I have ever read before and it surpassed all my expectations This book offers the most amazing mixture of romance, history, paranormal and action It was equally good if not better as first book and I enjoyed reading this book immensely.Shadow of Night is that kind of book which you cannot put down because you need to know how things are going to end up Simultaneously, you are trying to read it sl [...]


  18. Historical detail slow pace drags down sequelThough I had a rocky experience with Harkness first novel, A Discovery of Witches, I began reading Shadow of Night with hopes that its setting in the past would add intrigue and excitement to the unfolding story Unfortunately, it did not, and the story became plodding and convoluted in this installment.Shadow of Night suffered most from its almost obsession like focus on detailing every aspect of the historical period in which it was set From particu [...]


  19. I FINALLY finished this darn book thank heavens It was a struggle and I was so disappointed It was OK in the very beginning, then got totally lost in all of the non directional padding and finally had some of the earlier pizzazz in the last 10 pages I m sure I ll read the last one, but not with any of the excitement that I had while waiting for 2 When I turned over the last page I was furious to find that while I was struggling to keep all of the characters straight in my mindey were all LISTED [...]


  20. The tale literally picks up right where Discovery of Witches left off Diana and Matthew find themselves landing back in Elizabethan London Diana is thrilled to be able to visit a period she has studied but finds herself woefully unprepared She quickly realizes that even with her education she is completely out of her element From her speech to her mannerism it is obvious to all she isn t from around here With the aid of Matthew s eccentric friends, they will work to assist Diana with these skill [...]


  21. I am going to refrain from rating Shadow of Night I absolutely adored Discovery of Witches and couldn t wait to dive into the sequel, so barely being able to get through this book pains me to no end For me, the plot just dragged on and on and seemed endless I got so tired of reading the endless dialogue between Matthew s friends I had a hard time keeping anything straight and found it all hard to follow All in all, Shadow of Night was simply not a book for me Admittedly, I ended up skimming thro [...]


  22. This is the second book in the All Souls trilogy and mostly takes place in 1590 1591 after Diana and Matthew have time walked there to be safe from the congregation, find the manuscript of Ashmole 782, as well as a witch capable of teaching Diana about her strange magic.It is thus that we meet characters like Walter Raleigh, Christopher Marlowe, Elizabeth I and even Matthew s father Philippe, who has quickly become my favourite character along with Matt s nephew Gallowglass.The book takes place [...]


  23. If you were infatuated with A Discovery of Witches and if you weren t I seriously wonder about you , you will be head over heels in love with Shadow of Night SON picks up right where ADOW left off with Matthew and Diana landing in Elizabethan times 1590s Diana is shocked when she learns that Matthew, who goes by Matthew Roydon in this time period, was a player in the elusive School of Night Marlow, Raleigh, Chapman, Harriott as well as friend to Shakespeare Diana has quite a time trying to learn [...]


  24. This book is an excellent follow up to A Discovery of Witches I was afraid that the sequel would not live up to my expectations that have been building for a year since I read the first one Luckily, that fear was incorrect.Shadow of Night starts immediately where Discovery left off and begins to weave in various historical figures throughout the book right up until the end In the first book there were many descriptions about the food and wine with great detail, in this one the detail is in the h [...]


  25. Quick review Cover Okay Rating RSteaminess Steamy Thumbs Up 4Overall The pacing was better The story interesting.Characters Well writtenPlot A step back in time to hopeful help the future.Page Turner Yes Series Cont Yes Recommend YesBook Boyfriend MatthewSUMMARY 50 words or less Again the story was long but length wasn t the issue here The research details didn t bog us down but I found myself missing them The story wasn t as predictable as the last However, there were a few plot holes that I f [...]


  26. I had high hopes for this book after hearing about all the interesting places Diana Bishop witch and historian and Matthew her vampire husband would visit using time travel Unfortunately, what resulted in between the hefty 600 pages, was a lot of frustration, boredom, and just a general feeling of make it stop.The Discovery of Witches, the first in the series, had so much potential but just ended up having too much of a resemblance to Twilight and too much irrelevant waffle Shadow of Night is ev [...]


  27. October 2017 Changing my rating to 5 stars When settling in to reread this one, all I could remember is that they were going to the past There were so many things I was delighted to be surprised with, so many characters I loved, and a few I wanted to junk punch I will definitely be starting book 3 right away Original review4.5 stars I definitely enjoyed it than the first book Love where it starts, where it ends and everything in between I can t wait to see where book 3 is going to take us.


  28. I was so overwhelmed with emotions and thoughts in my head when finishing this book, that I wanted a day to sleep on it, before writing a review It was the first thing on my mind when I woke this morning I wish that I could recall my dreams, because I am sure that the characters were in them, and will be for weeks to come First, I love that the author continues the story right where the first book left us Diana and Matthew traveling back in time Right away we are thrown into Matthew s life at th [...]


  29. melissa413readsalotI m not even sure where to begin I didn t like this book as much as the first one I loved the first one I m not sure what happened my mood.e book itself I do believe the last book in the trilogy will be as good as the first and I can t wait to read it There were so many people in this book, but the author listed in the back of the book who everyone was in case you got lost Some of the things seemed to drag on but I can see where the author needed to add so much information I d [...]


  30. Harkness has performed the ultimate magic trick of following up an excellent first novel with a truly stunning sequel In Shadow of Night, the newly married Diana and Matthew time travel to 1590 England to learn about Diana s uncontrollable magical powers and to try to locate the mysterious manuscript Ashmole 782 Diana s understanding of her husband deepens as he interacts with old friends such as Christopher Marlowe and Sir Walter Raleigh and deals with the political events of the time, includi [...]


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