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Shadow of Night: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy) (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Deborah Harkness

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Title:Shadow of Night: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy)
Authors:Deborah Harkness
Info:Viking Adult (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 592 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Vampires, Witches, Demons, Time Travel, London, 16th Century, Read 2013

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Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness (2012)

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Even better than the first! Excellently researched novel, full of surprises and with an ending that felt natural. ( )
  Diamond.Dee. | Jul 3, 2015 |
I am not one to pick up every vampire book, especially the popular ones - you know who you are. Although the idea is so far fetched, Harkness does a nice job with this story. I was pleased to find this book at the library book sale as I enjoyed the first one, a Discovery of Witches. I really enjoyed the period settings in this book, Harkness did her research! ( )
  jenngv | Jun 25, 2015 |
I can't wait to finish the series! ( )
  smilezforbooks | Jun 6, 2015 |
This book, overall, was slightly slower than book #1… The beginning and final 25% were 5 stars… but the middle 50% was 3 star… therefore the mean is 4.
However the book leaves you more than eager to start on the third and final chapter, which I already did.
The idea I got from reading a bit about the author is that she’s an historian and passionate about what she studied, but in this book she went a bit overboard with the descriptions of places, characters (see how much she writes about the School of Night), politics, and historical setting in general. I mean, easing the reader in the context of a different time as he/she reads is good, but too many times the writing felt like a lecture instead of a novel, albeit historical.
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  SaraRomanceLove | May 8, 2015 |
I got half way through this and lost steam .. I might finish at another time - I might just leave the second half unread.
  mlake | Apr 28, 2015 |
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The past cannot be cured.
~ Elizazbeth I
Queen of England
To Lacey Baldwin Smith,
master storyteller and historian,
who suggested some time ago that I should think about writing a novel.
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We arrived in an undignified heap of witch and vampire.
You're impossible. Stop worrying what other women do. Be your own extraordinary self.
All that Children have need of is love, a grown-up to take responsibility for them, & a soft place to land.
~ Matthew Roydon
It was as Matthew said, Chidren needed love, a reliable source of comfort and an adult willing to take responsiblity for them.
~ Diana Roydon
One should find wholeness in marriage, but it should not be a prison for either party.
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"Together we lifted our feet and stepped into the unknown."

A Discovery of Witches, Book One of the magical All Souls Trilogy, 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' cliff-hanger 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.

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A follow-up to the best-selling A Discovery of Witches finds Oxford scholar and reluctant witch Diana and vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont in Elizabethan London, where Diana seeks a magical tutor and Matthew confronts elements from his past at the same time the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens.… (more)

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