Thursday, September 10, 2015

Book Review: Shadow of Night - Deborah Harkness

Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy, #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.  But they soon realize that the past may not provide a haven.  Reclaiming his former identity as a poet and spy for Queen Elizabeth, the vampire falls back in with a group of radicals known as the School of 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...

4/5 stars (really like it)
This is a great follow-up to the first book.  I love seeing Matthew and especially Diane out of their element.  Seeing and learning about Matthew's past and his family was great.  Also seeing Diane experience the past and live it rather than just reading about it.  I love all the members in the School of Night and how they treat Diane.  Also love new characters and the witches that eventually help Diane learn what her power is and how to control it.  I can't wait to see how this trilogy will end.

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