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Shadow of Night: A Novel
by Deborah Harkness

Published: 2012-07-10
Hardcover : 592 pages
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"Together we lifted our feet and stepped into the unknown"—the thrilling sequel to the New York Times bestseller A Discovery of Witches

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 ...

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"Together we lifted our feet and stepped into the unknown"—the thrilling sequel to the New York Times bestseller A Discovery of Witches

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.

Editorial Review

Amazon Best Books of the Month, July 2012: Deborah Harkness burst onto the scene with her 2011 debut A Discovery of Witches, a book that introduced legions of fans to Diana Bishop, an Oxford scholar, and Matthew Clairmont, a handsome geneticist. Diana also happened to be a witch, and Matthew a vampireâ??and readers couldnâ??t get enough of them, right up to the thrilling cliffhanger ending. Now Shadow of Night picks up where the first book leaves off, with Diana and Matthew entering Elizabethan London, where Mathew is part of the mysterious School of Night, a group that counts Christopher Marlowe and Sir Walter Raleigh among its members. Characterization, a great eye for detail, and a story that takes some notable twists and turns make this a great novel that will more than live up to eager fansâ?? expectations. Itâ??s even better than the first. -- Chris Schluep

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  "Shadow of Night"by judyob (see profile) 11/15/12

Very well woven fictional story with historical figures. I found the story confusing due to so many characters, present and past. I look forward to the third book, hoping it will clarify some of the... (read more)

 
  "Shadow of Night"by papergirl (see profile) 11/15/12

 
  "Shadow of Night"by madority (see profile) 10/31/12

 
  "Picks up where A Discovery of Witches ends - does not stand alone"by Neyly (see profile) 10/22/12

My actual rating is closer to 3.5 than 3. I like the book but feel that it could easily be a 100 - 150 pages shorter and end with a tighter storyline. The author spends so much time world-building that... (read more)

 
  "Shadow of Night"by lindachilds7 (see profile) 08/30/12

We were a little torn. Most of us liked it. It was a little hard to start, so we went back and reread the first one as it had been a year since we read Discovery of Witches. We loved how real characters... (read more)

 
  "Shadow of Night"by KimberlyAnne (see profile) 08/04/12

Perfect for bookclubs. There are many details and historical facts to discuss in relation to the story. It's one of those books you should read twice to make sure you didn't miss anything!

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