Saturday, 16 August 2014

Review: Shadow of Night

Title: Shadow of Night
Series: All Souls #2
Author: Deborah Harkness
Published by: Headline on 10th July 2012
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Format: Paberback
Source: Publisher
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*I received a copy of this book free from the publisher via BookBridgr for review consideration, this in no way affects my opinion of the book.*


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 realise 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...

My Thoughts: The story starts of at the exact same moment the first one ended and there is no re-cap of the last book, so if it has been a while since you read A Discovery of Witches you will need to do a quick refresher.

Diana and Matthew travel back in time in order to find a safe place where Diana can learn to master her magic. The time travel aspects left me scratching my head, especially the explanation of what happens to past Matthew while future Matthew is present. We get to meet some wonderful new characters and a few to loathe. Unfortunately, there is a lack of character development and poorly fleshed out secondary characters, some which seem to have no point in the story at all.

As with the first book, it is overly long with unnecessary description of things that do not move the plot along. There are many historical facts, that while interesting, do not add to the plot, they almost seem to be there simply to show off the author's knowledge.

Again, as with the first, despite its flaws, it is an interesting read and I read it fairly quickly. I like the story and the main characters enough to want to finish this trilogy.

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