Shadow of Night

Shadow of Night

Large Print - 2013
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In Elizabethan London, Oxford scholar and reluctant witch Diana Bishop seeks a magical tutor, while vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont confronts elements from his past at the same time the mystery of the enchanted manuscript Ashmole 782 deepens.
Publisher: Detroit : Gale Cengage Learning, 2013.
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781594136412
1594136416
Characteristics: 867 paages ;,24 cm.

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kimitalot
Mar 08, 2020

Book Two of All Souls Trilogy

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rgally
Feb 17, 2020

Endless. Needed a good editor to cut it down by about half.

Dear Author,

You dont need to put everything including the kitchen sink into your story. You know lots of things. That's just great. Save some of what you know for your next 6 books.

Yours truly
A Reader

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cjzondervan
Dec 06, 2019

Loved this book

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PolyWogg
Nov 14, 2019

BOTTOM-LINE:
A slow middle book with no ending
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PLOT OR PREMISE:
A witch and a vampire hide out in 1590 Europe while she learns to control her powers.
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WHAT I LIKED:
After timewalking from present day, Diana has to learn to live in Elizabethan England, adapt to the customs of the day, and attempt to blend in. Lots of historical figures pop in and out, friends of Matthew in the "School of Night", and she feasts on the living history. But it is only when she is at Sept-Tours that the book really brings the same sense of place that the first book did. She learns about the nature of her witch powers from a coven, and her family grows in size, including a nephew named Gallowglass.
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WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
The sense of place that was so common in each of the locales in the first book is not as vivid, except in Sept-Tours with Philippe (Matthew's father). In addition, the book drags on and on in places with hardly anything happening relative to the mystery of magic, rather than just politics of the day, yet there are two fairly important events regarding children that are practically ignored as commonplace (with seemingly no emotional impact at all). There are also major happenings that happen elsewhere in time, and you only hear about them as throwaway news, including the death of a significant character.
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DISCLOSURE:
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow her on social media.

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adm60dng2
Dec 23, 2017

I loved A Discovery of Witches (the 1st book of the All Souls Trilogy). The first time I read Shadow of Night (the 2nd book of the Trilogy), it was very tough to read. The pacing, especially the first part of the book was really difficult to follow. There were so many characters! But after the first few chapters, it began to pick up. The 2nd time I read the book, the first few chapters made a lot more sense and the pacing didn't bother me at all. The author Deborah Harkness puts so much details into the books, that it takes at least 2 reads just to absorb it all. The more you read, the more you notice how wonderful the plotlines are. Bottom line: don't get discouraged. It is well worth it. I loved the Trilogy! The 1st and 2nd book are my favorites. These books got me reading again. Now I want to read more fiction!

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bfjafari
Sep 30, 2017

Love all three books. A very fun read.

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Raye27
Jun 21, 2016

Sweep me away, first into a world of paranormality, second into history twisted and changed out of all recognizeable fact. Fun, shaped with new textures and twists, I would recommend this series to any fan of Fantasy or Paranormal Fiction.

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andrearbearman
Mar 16, 2016

I enjoyed this book, although not as much as the first book or the third book. I liked that it was back in history, it was a bit... kitschy sometimes. I do try to not take books, especially fictional, seriously because it's just a bit of fun and entertainment on an otherwise dreary day.

Good story. Love the series.

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auntieLib
Jan 11, 2016

deborah harkness is one of the best authors/storytellers...her works are particularly suited for those who like intelligent stories ...love her

staceyb123 Sep 05, 2015

It didn't take too long to complete. I really enjoyed how the book was split up by parts and not just chapters.

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AnneDromeda Aug 09, 2012

Fans of fantasy and paranormal romance well remember the big splash author Deborah Harkness made last year with her debut novel, *A Discovery of Witches*. That book had it all - yoga, wine collecting, adventures in Oxford’s famed Bodleian Library, and a whirlwind romance with a handsome, brooding stranger who happened to be a vampire. To sweeten the pot, this wasn’t another plodding story about some hapless girl who falls for an immortal himbo with a mood disorder and an offshore bank account. No, heroine Diana Bishop is a witch, fearsome and powerful in her own right. Well, the good news is, she’s back.<br />

*Shadow of Night* picks up right where *A Discovery of Witches* left off, with Diana and Matthew landing in a heap in the 16th century, in search of Ashmole 782 - the manuscript that caused all the trouble in the first book. Deborah Harkness is an historian by trade, so the details on 16th century life are both bountiful and accurate. <br />

The bad news is, these very details may bog down the book for some readers. Fans who found the first book flagged in the second half before finding its way to a mind-bending conclusion will probably also take issue with pacing in *Shadow of Night*’s first half. Fortunately, the action and witty humour that characterized the best parts of book one return by the second half of the book. For those who have been waiting with baited breath for more of Diana and Matthew, *Shadow of Night* will more than likely scratch the itch. <br />

Certainly, fans of *A Discovery of Witches* who also love Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series will find lots to love in *Shadow of Night* - the tirelessly researched historical detail, time travelling, and a heroine coming into her strength are all appeal factors that cross over between the two series. That said, I wouldn’t recommend any readers new to the series start here. While I sense this series is headed for great things, *Shadow of Night* is certainly not as strong an offering as *Discovery*, and the fantasy universe Harkness has created won’t make much sense if read out of order. All in all, *Shadow of Night* is fun summer reading, but not essential to anyone not planning on following the series.

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helenhag1217
Jul 17, 2012

The second novel in the All Souls Trilogy, begun with "A Discover of Witches". Diane Bishop & Matthew de Clermont have gone back to 16th century London, to find a specific alchemical manuscript, and to find a magical tutor for Diane. They meet up with an assortment of notable personages, in England & Austria during their travels. As they endure danger, and meet unexpected people, their bonds of love only strengthen.

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helenhag1217
Jul 17, 2012

'"Witches don't believe in the devil," I told him. Of all the bizarre things humans said about witches, this was the most incomprehensible.'

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