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Shadow of Night | [Deborah Harkness]

Shadow of Night

Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont 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.
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Publisher's Summary

"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

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    Beth HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC, United States 08-06-12
    Beth HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm an eclectic reader. I'm 5 foot 3 in, brown eyes and silver hair. The rest is subject to change.

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    "Good Follow up To Discovery of Witches"
    What did you love best about Shadow of Night?

    Just when you think you know where this is going, she takes you in another direction. Enough back story for you to believe you're there. Believable characters and a good pace. Kept my interest though out the narrative


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pierre. Everyone should have a friend like Pierre. He's there but he doesn't get sucked into the drama. He's fun.


    What does Jennifer Ikeda bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love her inflections and different voices. Her emotes and characterizations just give it that special umph.


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    Chrys Aptos, CA, United States 08-06-12
    Chrys Aptos, CA, United States 08-06-12
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    "Exceeded expectations"

    Often the second book in a trilogy lags or drags. Not this one. Don't miss "Shadows of Night" if you enjoyed the first in the series.

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    Sara Bethpage, NY, United States 08-06-12
    Sara Bethpage, NY, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Excellent!!!"
    Where does Shadow of Night rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 10


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great story, well constructed, logically sequenced - better than Discovery of Witches


    What does Jennifer Ikeda bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Hard to say. For me, I'm just looking for the reader not to distract from the story - She doesn't. All her men sound the same to me but it doesn't distract.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!!!!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jaime Orlando, FL, United States 08-06-12
    Jaime Orlando, FL, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Fantastic Story!!!"

    This is a fantastic story! Jennifer's reading style and character voices are captivating! I can't wait for Book 3 to come out!

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    June BETHESDA, MD, United States 08-06-12
    June BETHESDA, MD, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Imaginative and Sophisticated"

    The continuation of a magical and engaging love story spiced with history and alchemy, topped off by another masterful performance by Jennifer Ikeda.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hasmi Banff, Alberta, Canada 08-06-12
    Hasmi Banff, Alberta, Canada 08-06-12 Member Since 2007
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    "A nice sequel"
    What made the experience of listening to Shadow of Night the most enjoyable?

    Jennifer Ikeda is perfect. Her characterizations are flawless and easy to fall into.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a good sequel but lacked some of the magic of the first book. Deborah Harkness has a way of constructing sentences that flow into rhythmical paragraphs which leave you exceptionally satisfied. I feel I have inhabited the world she has created, wether reading the novel or listening to the audio book. Jennifer Ikeda makes that world come alive brilliantly.

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    wbooth SIMSBURY, CT, United States 08-06-12
    wbooth SIMSBURY, CT, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2006
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    "great story"

    I had never heard of this author. I thought her first book in this series was something else. This book is even better. She weaves history into the story and brings both to life. Can't wait for her next book!

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    Alaina CINCINNATI, OH, United States 08-06-12
    Alaina CINCINNATI, OH, United States 08-06-12
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    "A wonderful step back in time."
    If you could sum up Shadow of Night in three words, what would they be?

    Adventurous, Historical, Captivating


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Diana Bishop is my favorite character in this book because she shows so much courage and kindness throughout the story. I would love to be half the women she is. You learn more about who her parents are and why they had to put a spell on her for her own good.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't like to give away good parts but I will just say that it doesn't disappoint.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Their were several parts that made me chuckle and get teary eyed. It's a mixed emotion type of book.


    Any additional comments?

    I know it might seem boring in parts( If you don't like History you might have a problem with this book) but stick with it and you won't be disappointed. The Narrator did an excellent job at the many different accents in this story. She never bored me.

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    Barbara Magnolia, TX, United States 08-06-12
    Barbara Magnolia, TX, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Long Awaited, Too Long in Parts"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Time listening to a book is always well-spent. How often my mind wanders is an indicator of the quality of the book.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting was the different strengths of the witches, the knots. Least interesting were the characters of Marlowe and Shakespeare.


    What about Jennifer Ikeda’s performance did you like?

    Interesting voice changes.


    Could you see Shadow of Night being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Would need lots of editing.


    Any additional comments?

    Book had some transition problems. Was really looking forward to the second book. so I listened to The Discovery of Witches again. A much better book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donna 08-06-12
    Donna 08-06-12
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    "Confusing Cast of Characters"
    What did you like best about Shadow of Night? What did you like least?

    I loved the first book, A Discovery of Witches, and enjoyed the continuation of the story of Diana and Matthew's adventure, but have had a VERY hard time finishing this story. There are way too many characters and the author does not take the time to develop more than a few of them. Each time I start listening, I have to back up several chapters to review who's who and what's happening or I'm lost. I've actually started the story from the beginning more than once and I'm starting to wonder just how much I care. I really want to like this book, and want to listen to all three in the trilogy, but if this one had been first, it would have been the last for me.


    Has Shadow of Night turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I hope hot


    Which character – as performed by Jennifer Ikeda – was your favorite?

    I liked her Diana very much in the first book, but she seemed rather lifeless in this book. I don't think it was the narrator's fault, however.


    Could you see Shadow of Night being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I suppose, but I'd like to see someone I've never heard of in the major roles.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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