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ISBN13: 9780670023486
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Michelle Olson, May 19, 2013 (view all comments by Michelle Olson)
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:

Shadow of Night, the second installment of Deborah Harkness’s ALL SOULS TRILOGY was a wonderful pastiche of factual history and entertaining fiction, all woven together to create a work of art worthy of any intellectual reader.

Shadow of Night picks up where A Discovery of Witches leaves off, though new readers who are jumping in to this book without having enjoyed the debut novel will have no problems catching on.

Written in several parts, the novel follows Matthew and Diana as they travel back to Matthew’s past in 1590 in search of several things ��" a witch skilled enough to instruct Diana and hopefully give some answers regarding the incongruence of her magic, and the complete ‘book of origins’ being the main two. As they assimilate themselves in Elizabethan times, some big secrets are revealed, relationships and loyalties are both forged and tested, and they undergo the delicate dance of completing their mission without utterly altering the present reality.

It’s very difficult to write a comprehensive review for this book without spoilers, so I’ll just keep it surface level and say that Shadow of Night is not a light-hearted, quick read (especially not at 584 pages). It’s a well developed, beautifully written, and intricate tale built around some incredible factual research and set in a complex yet compelling world of wonder. The characters are well developed and the twisted facts in the fiction had me doing research into the true lives of the individuals Deborah bases her characters on days after finishing the book, smiling all the while in acknowledgement of the sheer creative cleverness involved.

So in short, LITERAL ADDICTION gives Shadow of Night 4 ½ Skulls. If you’re looking for a book that mixes fact with fantasy fiction, utterly entertains and yet intellectually challenges, and sticks with you long after you’ve turned the last page, this series is definitely for you.
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oceandodge, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by oceandodge)
I have read a few books series in 2012 that I could say were my favorites but since only one was requested I have to say the Shadow of Night is definately a favorite. Deborah Harkness writes a "you don't want to put down awesome novel!!!" I can't wait until the third part of the trilogy is available.
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Cassandra Cleveland, January 12, 2013 (view all comments by Cassandra Cleveland)
I am giving this a three because of how fantastic the first book was. I counted down the days until this book was released, because the first one was so fantastic. Unfortunately the second book of the three part series did not live up to the success of the first. That said, it was still a really good book.
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love2readbooks, January 4, 2013 (view all comments by love2readbooks)
The best book I read this year!!!
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Joyce Cochran, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Joyce Cochran)
I really enjoyed this book! I devoured it in days, and it is rather long. Had listened to Harkness' first book, "A Discovery of Witches" on a CD set a friend lent me, and liked it so much I went looking for the sequel. The story is intriguing, compelling even, and there is so much fascinating history and lore throughout the book! I can't wait for her third book in the "All Souls Trilogy" to come out. Many people from a variety of walks of life will enjoy these books, ansd the writing is supurb.
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Propelled by her successful fiction debut, A Discovery of Witches, historian Harkness concocts an energetic if chaotic sequel filled with witches, daemons, vampires, wearhs, weavers, and warm-bloods (aka humans) racing to retrieve a lost manuscript that details the origins of supernatural species, which, in the wrong hands, could hasten their extinction. The first novel culminated in the mixed marriage of vampire/scientist Matthew de Clermont to historian/untrained witch Diana Bishop. This novel opens with the newlyweds time-traveling to Elizabethan England so Diana can study witchcraft; never mind they're burning witches in Scotland or that in London an educated American woman doesn't exactly blend in. There, they hope to retrieve magical manuscript Ashmole 782, last seen in Oxford's 21st-century Bodleian library. Diana gets in touch with her inner firedrake, Matthew with his father, but they can't find a tutor for ages, and they can't rescue the manuscript without a trip to Prague. Supporting Diana and Matthew in their quest is a secret society that includes dashing Walter Raleigh and dangerous daemon Christopher Marlowe. Harkness delights in lining up the living dead and modern academic history, as in her explanation of how a forger named Shakespeare, with supernatural prompting, takes up playwriting. This tale of a feminist Yankee in Queen Elizabeth's court charms amid the tumult, as the gifted heroine and her groom fight for generations and another sequel to come in order to protect the magical world that's all around us. Agent: Sam Stoloff. (July 10)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "The joy that Harkness, herself a historian, takes in visiting the past is evident on every page....A great spell, the one that can enchant a reader and make a 600-page book fly through her fingertips, is cast....Its enduring rewards are plenty."
"Review" by , "Fans of Harkness's 2011 debut A Discovery of Witches will be delighted....Harkness delivers enough romance and excitement to keep the pages turning. Readers will devour it."
"Review" by , "Deborah Harkness takes us places we've never been before....Shadow of Night isn't just about wonderfully detailed descriptions of England in 1591, it's about being there. Readers time-travel as precisely and precariously as Diana and Matthew do....Shadow ends as Discovery did with promises of more to come. Lucky for us."
"Review" by , "Harkness exudes her own style of magic in making the world of late 16th century England come alive....Enchanting, engrossing and as impossible to put down as its predecessor, Shadow of Night is a perfect blend of fantasy, history and romance. Its single greatest flaw is, after almost 600 pages, it's over. If you've already read and enjoyed A Discovery of Witches, picking up Shadow of Night is an absolute requirement. Otherwise, pick up both, and consider your summer reading list complete."
"Review" by , "Picking up where she left off in last year's A Discovery of Witches, Harkness proves she's not suffering from a sophomore slump with this addictive tale of magic, mayhem and two lovers."
"Review" by , "Rich, period fun, particularly delightful in its witty characterization of historical immortals...Shadow ramps up the supernatural suspense."
"Review" by , "This novel is as much a love story about a bygone era as it is about Matthew and Diana. It overflows with a colorful cast of characters, many of whom Harkness has plucked straight from the history books, and Harkness renders the late 1500s in exquisite detail....The writing is so rich, the characters so compelling...and best of all, Harkness manages to execute with aplomb the act of answering old questions while posing new ones that will intensify anticipation for the final installment. Readers who have been counting down the days, take heart: The wait was most assuredly worth it."
"Review" by , “Destined to be as popular as its predecessor, this is a must-buy.”
"Review" by , “Harkness has great fun and her background as a history professor gives her plenty of room to work with.”
"Synopsis" by , The #1 New York Times–bestselling sequel to A Discovery of Witches is as “enchanting, engrossing, and as impossible to put down as its predecessor.” (Miami Herald)

J. K. Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Anne Rice — only a few writers capture the imagination the way that Deborah Harkness has done with books one and two of her New York Times–bestselling All Souls trilogy. A Discovery of Witches introduced reluctant witch Diana Bishop, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and the battle for a lost, enchanted manuscript known as Ashmole 782.

Harkness’s much-anticipated sequel, Shadow of Night, picks up from A Discovery of Witches’ cliffhanger ending. Diana and Matthew time-travel to Elizabethan London and are plunged into a world of spies, magic, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the School of Night. As the search for Ashmole 782 deepens and Diana searches for a witch to tutor her in magic, the net of Matthew’s past tightens around them, and they embark on a very different — and vastly more dangerous — journey.

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