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Shadow of Night: The All Souls Trilogy, Book 2 | [Deborah Harkness]

Shadow of Night: The All Souls Trilogy, Book 2

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.
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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 Dorrigo, Australia 09-10-12
    Amazon Customer Dorrigo, Australia 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 2008
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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
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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 Member Since 2012
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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 2006

    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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    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 2011
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Irene Thornleigh, Australia 02-11-13
    Irene Thornleigh, Australia 02-11-13 Member Since 2011
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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.

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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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  • E. Richardson
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    11/7/12
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    "Excellent"

    The story and character evolve and become richer in Shadow of Night. Diana matures mentally and emotionally, as she learns more about her magic. In Shadow of Night, Diana becomes a strong woman, as she recognises Matthew's decisions are repeatedly bad. It amuses me how she diplomatically lets him know he needs to respect her decisions. Matthew is good for strength/protection and sex. As this becomes more clear, I'm hoping anyone who compares this series with Twilight changes their opinion. The characters are vastly different, Deborah Harkness' story has richness, depth and intelligence. Her knowledge of the more sophisticated occult lore, combined with history adds enormously to my enjoyment of this story.



    I listen to audio books as I work (I'm an artist), which may mean 8 hrs a day - in light of this, it's fair for me to say Jennifer Ikeda is an excellent narrator. Her ability to depict different characters' voices is amazing. Easy to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • kate
    United Kingdom
    9/28/12
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    "Boring"

    It's slow, boring and uneventful. Gave up during the 2nd half so maybe it improved and became exciting but the first half is DULL, the narrators voice is dull. Sorry but regret wasting a credit on it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • J.
    London, United Kingdom
    8/5/12
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    "Superceeds its prequel"

    Deborah Harkenss's first novel was sort of a guilty pleasure. This squeal however is something much better written and less about a love story than personal grows and development. It transports you into a time in England of Shakespeare, Marlow and Sir Walter Raleigh. I was taken in to the world of 16th England... and very much enjoyed the journey...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • leanne
    Florida,USA
    9/18/12
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    "A trully enjoyable experience"

    I have put of reading this series I think because of the brief description and cover (silly I know) but I was at a loss on what to download for my holidays so downloaded the Discovery of Witches and this book. I am so very please I did. It has been a very long time since I have enjoyed a book this much.

    The story line is strong easy to follow and not disapointing, the characters are very well formed and play equally stron parts through the novel.

    You do need to read the books in order as they would be very confusing as stand alone novels.

    I cannot wait for the final part of the series to be published.

    Jennifer Ikeda the narrator does an amazing job of helping create the characters with differt accents, inflections and historical inflection.

    Deborah harkness must have done considerable amount of research into Elizabethan England, France and Spain because the detail was excellent and factually correct.

    Lastly I have read that this series is to be adapted to film, whilst very excited I really hope they are able to capture the heart and soul of this series.



    Please Please read this series you will not be disappointed

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • jashy
    8/26/14
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    "I wrote a review of this."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better narrator.


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

    yes.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Awful airy fairy, slow, American accent that turned to bitch when the tempo increased. The English accents were slow to the extent of making the characters appear mentally deficient. The heroine is supposed to be a strong, self motivated, self confident woman (professor - academia is not for the faint hearted), and this characterisation produces a spineless wisp of a girl in need of a good strong Vampire direction and domination.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Very annoyed.


    Any additional comments?

    Didn't need the sex scenes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Damian
    8/7/14
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    "Gorgeous Vampires & timeless love = ladies read"
    Would you try another book written by Deborah Harkness or narrated by Jennifer Ikeda?

    no


    What could Deborah Harkness have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    slightly less verbosity would be good. Also introduce fewer characters simultaneously otherwise it is hard to keep up with everyone and the plot.


    What didn’t you like about Jennifer Ikeda’s performance?

    Lovely voice, very clear. Does characters well


    Any additional comments?

    Gorgeous, well muscled vampires, endless love....definitely a good read for ladies. Be warned, you'll need a strong appetite for adjectives and a rather healthy lexicon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • tracy
    6/25/14
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    "Amazing"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Shadow of Night to be better than the print version?

    yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matthew, he Made me fall in love with his protective way's.The way he loves her is so nice.


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

    All of them she is great at narrating .


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

    witch and vampire love


    Any additional comments?

    cant wait for the next one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cerisaye
    Glasgow, Scotland
    5/12/14
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    "Great story, brilliant performance"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadow of Night?

    I loved the whole section (the bulk of the story) during which Diana and Matthew time travel back to Elizabethan England where they encounter a number of real life characters including Christopher Marlowe, Dr. John Dee, Walter Raleigh and Queen Elizabeth. Diana's difficulties (all those layers of restrictive clothing, household management, the position of women in society, how to write with a quill and ink) with the unfamiliar world of 1591 seem very real, with exposure a serious danger at a time when witches are burned at the stake. Harkness does an amazing job to convey a believable sense of time and place, as you'd expect given her background as an historian, and doesn't shirk the potential problem of time travel to the past affecting the future.


    What about Jennifer Ikeda’s performance did you like?

    The narration is brilliantly done which makes the book a pleasure to listen to, with distinct and appropriate accents and voices for each character. I just couldn't stop listening every night even though I needed to sleep!


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

    This is a BIG book that requires a lot of listening to but the narrator makes it easy so I couldn't quite believe I had reached the end in about a week of daily installments. I now eagerly await the sequel in July.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed how the story further develops the relationship between Diana and Matthew, over a much longer time period than the first book which covers only several weeks. I loved that they (we) were able to meet their respective fathers in the past. I really liked, too, that Diana learns more about her witch powers and isn't so much the damsel in distress relying on her big strong vampire lover to rescue her from perilous situations.
    This is a very satisfying listen despite being the middle volume of a trilogy, which is not always the case. It carries the story forward nicely and introduces new elements, leading into the final book. Though it can be read as a standalone you should start with Discovery of Witches to get the most from the story and its characters.
    The All Souls books are Sookie Stackhouse for grownups, with a 1,500 year old vampire you can believe has lived through changing historical periods and a romantic relationship that doesn't leave you wondering what on earth such an eternal creature sees in a modern young woman.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FIONA
    Bridlington, United Kingdom
    5/6/14
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    "Oh dear, I was so bored"
    Would you try another book written by Deborah Harkness or narrated by Jennifer Ikeda?

    I read the first book which was ok but I wouldn't read another one after trying to slog through this one.


    What could Deborah Harkness have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I think the passionate love between Matthew and Diana was over the top and got irritating so it could have been toned down a bit as they had only been together for a short time.


    What didn’t you like about Jennifer Ikeda’s performance?

    She was fine, it was the story that let her down.


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

    I found the scenes in the inn so dull


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked the aunties house with all of its idiosyncrasies which made it more interesting but I couldn't finish the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • B
    4/23/14
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    "All the better for listening to"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Shadow of Night to be better than the print version?

    Having read the book and listened to the audio version I found the story much more engaging in the audible version. I seemed to lose the plot in the written version as there are many historical references. Somehow in the audible version it was much easier to understand how the many threads weave into the whole.


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

    Jennifer Ikeda did a great job to differentiate the characters in the book. Diana was performed well. I also liked her portrayal of Goody Allsop. Weirdly, I found the weakest character portrayal in the audible version is Mathew and it took me some time listening to the first book to get past that.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to the final book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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