"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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I fell in love with the first book and was waiting for this book to come out, now I am waiting for the third book. I love the historical characters that were brought to life in this book. The book did a great job picking up where the last book left off. This book was a little slower than the first book, but was still full of story and life.
So many things, hard to know where to start. Love how the author and narrator bring 16th century England and many well-known figures to life. Great love story between the main characters, Matthew (vampire) and Diana (witch). Beautiful job of showing the strength and vulnerability of both.
This is the 2nd part of the trilogy. I was afraid it would not live up to the first book. However, it more than lived up to the promise of the 1st book.
Diana and Matthew both tie for first. I love that Diana is such a strong character and very much her own person. Matthew also is such a strong character. It's his strength that makes the few vulnerable moments even more captivating.
She really seems to give the reader a better sense of each character with her reading style.
Not enough story & too much history. I enjoyed the 1st book but this one a complete bore that I skipped several chapters. I also did not understand the ending. I hope the next one is better but I may not listen to the last one.
Most of the characters from the 1500's They were not relevant
I was really disappointed in the book and the narrator to not add much interest.
I probably would not listen to this again but it was reasonably entertaining the first time through. Some parts were slow, a little contrived and disjointed. I liked it sufficiently that I would buy the third book to see if the author can wrap up the dangling threads
Worth the credit.
It would have been very helpful had the author included a brief review of where the last book left off. Also, this book wasn't as tightly written and rambled too much.
I have read reviews that people got confused with all the characters and that Matthew's friends in 1590 were lame... although I agree with the latter I don't agree with the former. I thought it was fabulous. Loved every second and I can't wait for Harkness to finish out the trilogy. My only question is what in the world happened to Em?!?
I must admit that I too waited longingly for this book. I read discovery over and over waiting for part 2 to come out. I was so excited that audible had it so soon. But I am halfway through part three of the second book and have that feeling, like I did halfway through the last book of the game of thrones series, That it's almost finished and nothing has happened. I mean there is a lot of talking and Fluff but nothing has changed. No new real revelations no major change in momentum, no real controversy or conflict.
Disappointed so far... hope it gets better in the last few few hours.
Yes. Jennifer does an outstanding performance.
Meeting Diana's father.
The scene where Pierre take Diana to the ancient alter.
Can't wait for the next installment!
Shadow of Night is book 2 of the All Souls Trilogy, the 1st being Deborah Harkness’s debut novel A Discovery of Witches. Shadow of Night picks up just as Diana and Matthew have timewalked back to 1590 into Elizabeth’s England. But Matthew has dropped Diana right in the middle of a hornets’ nest of Elizabethan deception and intrigue. Matthew has quite the circle of friends.. ‘ “All we need is Sir Walter Raleigh and we’ll have the entire School of Night in the House” ……. Thomas Harriot. Christopher Marlowe. George Chapman. Walter Raleigh. And – “Just who are you Matthew?” '* Well if you want to know who Matthew is – you will need to pick up this book, but beware this is NOT the trip Diana and Matthew envisioned – finding a witch for Diana and find Ashmole 782. The story moves from the Old Lodge in Woodstock, to Sept-Tours, to London, to Prague, back to London and finally home. There are a cast of characters that will entertain, make you mad and fall in love with, there will even be a few surprise characters; you will meet many historical people including Queen Elizabeth I to Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor.
I so loved the 1st book, for it centers around Diana coming to terms with who she is; this book is no different, but it is Matthew who now must to come to term with who he is and learning to be honest and truthful with Diana. Ms Harkness has woven another magical book with twist, turns and obstacles for Diana and Matthew to maneuver through and I am sure you will fine several OMG moments - I ceratinly did.
In addition to having both books I have the audio as well - Jennifer Ikeda is pure perfection reading both these books.
*Shadow of Night, loc 265, 274 (Kindle), Deborah Harkness
the story was more about vampires not witches. I emjoy listening to magic not about drinking blood. Not much about the mystery, magic, or witches.
No. I won't buy one if vampires are the subject.
She is an excellent narrator. The story was not very interesting so I fast forward most of the book and she still sounds good.
I won't be in any rush to download the third installment.
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