"Together we lifted our feet and stepped into the unknown." (From the thrilling sequel to the New York Times best seller 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' cliff-hanger 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.
©2012 Deborah Harkness (P)2012 Penguin Audio
In every ending, there is a new beginning.
Picks up right where A Discovery of Witches left of and jumps into a whole new world of historical people, places and new obstacles for Matthew & Diana to overcome. Contains some of the most descriptive and interesting nuances of any book I've ever read or listened to.
This book is like nothing else...with the exception of its predecessor, A Discovery of Witches. There are so many real life people, places, historical events and opportunities for research-linking so much together you just can't even fathom! But even without knowing anything about those elaborate intricacies, it's a wonderfully fun and exciting experience. The first book seemed to be more about Diana, and from her point of view. This book seems to concentrate mire on Matthew, an his point of view. But don't worry, neither is left out of either book. In each, they both discover a great deal about each other...and themselves.
Jennifer Ikeda is a wonderful narrator and does an amazing job capturing all the accents, inflections and nuances of each character! It's simply unbelievable to me how she can come up with so many different voices for so many different characters, making each one completely separate and distinct!
Obviously, I would take Matthew out! He's the quintessentially perfect man-in my opinion! I'd love to try all the wines he loves & watch him savor their scents and tastes! And then, of course, there's the incredible vampire stamina and inventiveness in the bedroom I'd LOVE to experience! :°)
one of my favorites, love a great series.
Diana is meets her father. That we really unexpected.
She is great with all the different accents. I love her voice. Very believable.
History is not as boring as you think. Try living it!
I enjoyed the first book, but this one continued all the great aspects of the first novel, making the time and alchemy come alive within a supernatural frame work.
The worming of a character lattice that includes historical references, the first meeting with kit is a fantastic homage to a time forgotten and a great character coated in the intrigue that his plays have left behind.
The narration of this series of books is excellent!!!! The story was wonderful although sometimes confusing with all of the various names and new characters. My most favorite moments were while they were visiting Matthew's father and my least favorite moments were while they were in Prague. I will not include any spoilers about the end of the book just to say get some tissues and hope the last book comes quick :)
To be honest I was truly disappointed in this book. Her first one was so rich with text so life like with details with highs and lows. Shadow of a night was long , drawn out and slow. There was minimal excitement in the book so curves but I felt like it was a different author writing! I have to give her credit its very well written and a good book to enjoy just not as good as the first one. I was disappointed but the story is still good and hope that book 3 will be the best
can't wait till the next one! I enjoy this one as much as the first one.
Shadow of Night didn't have as much suspense as A Discovery of Witches did. There was a lot of reveling in historical detail at the expense of moving the plot forward.
The gathering of witches teaching and supporting Diana
Some times there is too much time spent on details of clothing and things of that sort. felt it took away from the storyline.
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