Shadow of Night Book Review – Deborah Harkness


I am in love with this series! The way Harkness has brought historical facts, events, and people into a paranormal setting is addictive. Don’t be fooled by the page count this is a fast paced roller coaster read. Warning if you had trouble keeping up with names and places in the first book you will definitely have problems in the beginning of the second installment. A simple google search of the characters and putting names to pictures helps so I suggest it. After all that bouncing between time, characters and places the book is still an awesome read. Again Harkness imagery is direct and to the point but not without loosing any flow or taking away from beautiful backgrounds and characters. In true alchemy fashion I wish we could have done pictures showing the authors descriptions of objects and Diana’s familiar!

Harkness has them on a nonStop race to find the ashmole book, hone Diana’s skills as a witch and stay alive between kings and queens and family. All of their plans are quickly foiled once they time walk to the past. Here you can learn more of Diana and Matthew pasts and their relationship is not written out plainly as most books do but gradually as they figure each other out. Just as the first book slowly introduced its characters, Harkness has used the same plan with their relationship we learn things only as they do leaving us in the dark as long as they are and on the edge waiting to learn their secrets. This is another book you cannot put down!! Enjoy.

My Rating: 4Stars

Historian Diana Bishop, descended from a line of powerful witches, and long-lived vampire Matthew Clairmont have broken the laws dividing creatures. When Diana discovered a significant alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, she sparked a struggle in which she became bound to Matthew. Now the fragile coexistence of witches, daemons, vampires and humans is dangerously threatened.

Seeking safety, Diana and Matthew travel back in time to London, 1590. But they soon realize that the past may not provide a haven. Reclaiming his former identity as poet and spy for Queen Elizabeth, the vampire falls back in with a group of radicals known as the School of Night. Many are unruly daemons, the creative minds of the age, including playwright Christopher Marlowe and mathematician Thomas Harriot.

Together Matthew and Diana scour Tudor London for the elusive manuscript Ashmole 782, and search for the witch who will teach Diana how to control her remarkable powers…

Published By: Viking Adult

Publication Date: July 2012

Date Read: 8/8/2016

Genre: Paranormal Fantasy

Source: Purchased

Format: Nook Ebook

Pages: 626



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