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Shadow of Night Audiobook

Shadow of Night: The All Souls Trilogy, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

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, daemons, vampires and humans is dangerously threatened. Seeking safety, Diana and Matthew travel back in time to London, 1590. But they soon realise 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 the 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....

Fall under the spell of Diana and Matthew once more in this stunning, richly imagined, epic tale.

©2012 Deborah Harkness (P)2012 Headline Digital

What the Critics Say

"Intelligent and off-the-wall, it will be irresistable to Twilight fans." (The Sunday Times)

"A bubbling cauldron of illicit desire...all the ingredients for an assured saga that blends romance with fantasy." (Daily Mail)

"A romp through magical academia." (Guardian)

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    Amazon Customer 09-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book, fantastic characters"
    Would you recommend Shadow of Night to your friends? Why or why not?

    A great witch/vampire novel....not the same soppy love story that is becoming all too popular. Great depth of characters and well researched historically.


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

    Wonderful accents, well done.


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

    Yes, I couldn't wait to get back into the car to listen more.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Hawkins Auckland, New Zealand 08-25-12
    Ann Hawkins Auckland, New Zealand 08-25-12 Member Since 2012

    Short fuse

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    "History plus fantasy and damned fine writing!"
    Would you listen to Shadow of Night again? Why?

    Read it twice so far, and won't be deleting it in a hurry. It was a joy to have such a thoroughly well-researched novel from a writer who obviously loves her subject. So many other historically based offerings fall down badly with their jarring ignorance of the social mores of the time, but this one actually generates an interest to learn more.


    What other book might you compare Shadow of Night to and why?

    Diana Gabaldon's time-travelling series come close.


    Have you listened to any of Jennifer Ikeda’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have only heard this reader's performance for the first of this (All Souls) series.
    She does an excellent job of reading and although there are a few mispronunciations, she has very good breath control and the ability to recognise punctuation and it's purpose . Overall she captures the personalities of the characters and draws the listener into the story. I would listen to her again with pleasure


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were too many moving passages to list here but Diana's jeopardy in the tilt-yard at Greenwich, at the hands of Marlowe and Louisa had high tension, and the bitter-sweet homecoming to Sept Tours left me thirsting for more details.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm really looking forward to the third volume in this series, please make it soon!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen McLaren Vale, Australia 07-22-12
    Karen McLaren Vale, Australia 07-22-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great sequel"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this sequel to "A Discovery of Witches." Harkness writes fantasy and supernatural with depth and enough weight in character and plot to satisfy. This book was almost historical fiction with a supernatural twist and I enjoyed meeting the numerous historical figures in this setting. I will never read "Dr Faustus" the same way again. Although others complained that the book is too long, has too many characters, or goes into too much detail, these aspects of it were its strengths for me. I just enjoyed being immersed in this world. Harkness writes well and obviously has researched in detail, making this fantasy for grown-ups. It is a meaty and satisfying book and long enough to be great value. The narrator is excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Reynella, Australia 07-22-12
    Karen Reynella, Australia 07-22-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great sequel"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this sequel to "A Discovery of Witches." Harkness writes fantasy and supernatural with depth and enough weight in character and plot to satisfy. This book was almost historical fiction with a supernatural twist and I enjoyed meeting the numerous historical figures in this setting. I will never read "Dr Faustus" the same way again. Although others complained that the book is too long, has too many characters, or goes into too much detail, these aspects of it were its strengths for me. I just enjoyed being immersed in this world. Harkness writes well and obviously has researched in detail, making this fantasy for grown-ups. It is a meaty and satisfying book and long enough to be great value. The narrator is excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs. K. Skarbek Australia 03-19-13
    Mrs. K. Skarbek Australia 03-19-13
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    "Exciting & Absorbing Book"
    Would you listen to Shadow of Night again? Why?

    Absolutely. Partly because the story is a little complex (though in a very good way!) and partly because I enjoyed Jennifer Ikeda's reading so much. It's part two of A Discovery of Witches and I highly recommend both of these titles if you are looking for a good listen that will keep you engaged and excited.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Diana the heroine, she's intelligent, fiesty and she's got many, many unusual talents. Who wouldn't want to be her? Second would have to be Isabeau - the vampire matriarch, brought to glorious life by Jennifer Ikeda's amazing characterisation.


    Have you listened to any of Jennifer Ikeda’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but honestly, I would listen to any other performances of hers. She is absolutely amazing. To carry so many different characters, male and female, young and old, to change accents too - really brilliant reading and characterisation. Highly recommend her, she really made the story come to life for me.


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

    Absolutely.


    Any additional comments?

    Brilliant books, excellently read. Very well worth your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny Charmhaven, Australia 02-02-13
    Jenny Charmhaven, Australia 02-02-13 Member Since 2008

    I listen to audio books every day and love the intimate nature of the relationship between the narrator and the author

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    "Excellent"

    really enjoyed this book as i just had to know what happened to Diana and Matthew... cannot wait for the next book

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    Sally warrnambool, Australia 08-27-12
    Sally warrnambool, Australia 08-27-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointed with the second book of the series"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The relationship between Matthew and Diana lost the fire and passion from the first book. It needed this to continue and grow and the storyline to move faster.


    What was most disappointing about Deborah Harkness’s story?

    It was to long the pace needed to be picked up. To much history lessons and not enough story and where had the Passion gone.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Needed a much farster pace and the story line to maybe for Diana's magic to move at a greater rate it seamed for Diana to take forever to get anywhere as the story went along.and along....


    What character would you cut from Shadow of Night?

    To many of political historical characters


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the first book like everyone i looked forward to the second but was disappointed this is not to say i will not read the 3rd book. I missed some of the original characters from the first book mainly Diana's family. I hope we can get some of the fast pace and story line again and Matthew becomes again the strong leading man in the 3rd book

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    Irene Thornleigh, Australia 02-11-13
    Irene Thornleigh, Australia 02-11-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Will this night never end?"
    Would you try another book from Deborah Harkness and/or Jennifer Ikeda?

    No more Deborah Harkness. Ever.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Deborah Harkness again?

    NO


    Did Jennifer Ikeda do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    It didn't really matter, it all just became a meandering blur.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Shadow of Night?

    At least half of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    The first book was not too bad so I had hopes that this one would be paced about the same, slow but ok. This sequel was just tedious. I stuck it out but it took months, on and off. The descriptions and historical detail were impressively researched (thus the two stars not one) but it was all tied up in what is basically an endless affirmation of the infinite love between the main characters. Yawn.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 08-15-12
    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 08-15-12

    Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books

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    "No were good as the first book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I can not even finish this book. I so enjoyed the first in this series but this book did not develop the same interest and keep you wanting to listen. Disappointing.


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  • JRoper
    4/10/16
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    "great sequel"

    really well read, great way to continue the tale. there's plenty of new material and I'm right on to book 3

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nina
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    12/6/15
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    "Some secrets are revealed..."
    Where does Shadow of Night rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Entertaining listen, which brings on to life a world of witches, demons and vampires and does not disappoint. You want to listen and listen till you know how the story of individual characters ends.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    A mysterious and scary Matthew - vampire, night, scholar...


    What about Jennifer Ikeda’s performance did you like?

    Jennifer's performance brings each character to life.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Before it all started...


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  • Beccy
    11/1/15
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    "Excellent continuation of an excellent story"
    Would you listen to Shadow of Night again? Why?

    Yes, well read, engaging story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Henry, he plays a small part but he's so charming.


    Have you listened to any of Jennifer Ikeda’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    The same as the first, very well read.


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

    Laugh a lot and at one point cry a lot!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane M
    10/27/15
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    "Gripping storyline,"

    This secind book as grippibg as the first, looking forward to reading the final part

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    9/3/15
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    "disappointed"

    I found this book disappointing, mainly due to the plethora of characters from history. It was although the characters had to meet every character in that period of history. struggled to finish

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amy G
    4/28/15
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    "Shadow of Night: A good follow up"

    I really enjoyed this book and the narration was very pleasant to listen to. I love how this series focuses on intelligence and academics in a supernatural context. It's something I find to be very lacking in this genre so this book is a breath of fresh air.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vikki
    2/20/15
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    "Annoyingly..."

    After a fantastic Book 1, Book 2 begins slow. .. remains slow... and picks up a bit at the end.
    Unfortunately as Book 1 was so good, even after somehow managing to listen to all of Book 2 I will be buying book 3!
    I just hope it goes back to the high standards of the first in the trilogy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amanda
    CHATHAM, United Kingdom
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    "fabulous"

    thoroughly enjoyed both books so far and cannot wait to start next book in this series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    12/29/14
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    "loving all souls trilogy, please make the film"

    the text can be a bit jumpy but if you love the twilight saga you will love these

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Sally Moores
    UK
    11/27/14
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    "Still not disappointed"
    Any additional comments?

    Having listened to the first book I could hardly wait to get started on the second to find out what happened! Quite often I can be left disappointed by follow-up's as they fail to capture the excitement of the first but this did not disappoint. The cast of characters grew and so did the plot line and I found myself immersed in the story. Loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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