Shadow of Night

Shadow of Night

A Novel

Book - 2012
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The #1 New York Times -bestselling sequel to A Discovery of Witches, book two of the All Souls Trilogy--"as enchanting, engrossing, and impossible to put down as its predecessor" ( Miami Herald ).

Look for the hit TV series "A Discovery of Witches" airing Sundays on AMC and BBC America, and streaming on Sundance Now and Shudder.

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' cliffhanger 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.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2012.
ISBN: 9780670023486
Characteristics: 584 p. ; 24 cm.


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Apr 08, 2019

The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness is among my most favorite. The author is a consummate storyteller, weaving the plotlines and characters masterfully. The second book, Shadow of the night is the best, when Diana comes into her powers in Elizabethan England.
Readers with a love of adventure, romance and the occult will find everything they wish for in this book and the next. Five stars from this avid reader.

Nov 20, 2018

I have read all the readers' comments on this and the first book in the series, and while I sympathise with those who object to the excess sentiment or gushy romance, I remain supportive of the character Diana, who tries to maintain independence and, indeed, her life, tho attacked by others, even sister witches, and bossed around by the Elizabethan Matthew. In this novel I had trouble wading thru the Philippe chapters, and I could have skipped the consummation scenes, but the recreation of old London is a nice piece of imagination by the author. and must have been a challenge to write.

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!

Sep 30, 2017

Love all three books. A very fun read.

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.

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.

Jan 11, 2016

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

Jun 09, 2015

Harkness began her All Souls Trilogy with "A Discovery of Witches". This is book 2 of the series. It picks up with Diana and Matthew in 1590. The sixteenth century is a dangerous time for witches, particularly for one that is unsure of her power and how it can be used. But is it more dangerous than the present they left behind? Will their time in the past cause changes to the future?

Alchemy, magic, vampires, daemons, and historical people populate this second novel in the series.

Feb 10, 2015

Loved this book. The detail regarding historical dress and culture was fascinating.

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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.

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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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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