Shadow Of Night by Deborah Harkness

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18 Critic Reviews

Harkness delights in lining up the living dead and modern academic history
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

The #1 New York Times–bestselling sequel to A Discovery of Witches, book two of the All Souls Trilogy—“as enchanting, engrossing, and 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 with her New York Times–bestselling All Souls trilogy. A Discovery of Witches introduces reluctant witch Diana Bishop, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and the battle for a lost, enchanted manuscript known as Ashmole 782.

Picking up from A Discovery of Witches’ cliffhanger ending, Shadow of Night takes Diana and Matthew on a trip through time to Elizabethan London, where they 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 seeks out 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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About Deborah Harkness

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DEBORAH HARKNESS is a professor of history at the University of Southern California. She has received Fulbright, Guggenheim, and National Humanities Center fellowships, and her most recent scholarly work is The Jewel House: Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution. She also writes an award-winning wine blog, goodwineunder20.blogspot.com.
 
Published July 10, 2012 by Penguin Books. 594 pages
Genres: Romance, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Literature & Fiction, History, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Shadow Of Night
All: 18 | Positive: 13 | Negative: 5

Kirkus

Excellent
Jul 15 2012

Clearly Harkness has great fun with all this, and her background as a literature professor gives her plenty of room to work with, and without, an ounce of pedantry.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
May 21 2012

Harkness delights in lining up the living dead and modern academic history

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NPR

Above average
Reviewed by Margot Adler on Jul 10 2012

The book is too complex at times, with so many characters...

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All About Romance

Below average
Reviewed by Heather Stanton on Sep 19 2013

When I read A Discovery of Witches I was enamored with the characters and conflict. Imagine my disappointment though when the second novel in the All Souls trilogy turned out to be dull as dirt for the most part and left me with far more questions than answers.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Elizabeth Provenzano on Jun 14 2012

Harkness once again proves her brilliant grasp of human nature by expressing the depth of her characters.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Amy Gwiazdowski on Jul 12 2012

...time walking, famous dead people, more vampires, witches and daemons, and lots of magic shape SHADOW OF NIGHT.

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LA Times

Below average
Reviewed by Paula Woods on Jul 29 2012

Other disconcerting habits Harkness continues include bringing in too many characters late in the action, which sometimes feels more like a setup for the third book than inevitable conflict.

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Entertainment Weekly

Excellent
Jul 03 2012

Like any love affair, Shadow of Night has its rough patches. But its enduring rewards are plenty.

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The Washington Post

Below average
Reviewed by Elizabeth Hand

“Shadow of Night” is overstuffed with secondary characters and plot elements that never quite earn out.

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USA Today

Excellent
Reviewed by Carol Memmott on Jul 10 2012

Summer travel is what we crave right now, and Deborah Harkness, in Shadow of Night, takes us places we've never been before.

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Dallas News

Excellent
Reviewed by JOY TIPPING on Aug 03 2012

With Pulitzer winner David Auburn tapped to write the screenplay for the first book, this glorious piece of fluff might eventually get a coating of Oscar gold. Alchemy, indeed.

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Express

Excellent
Reviewed by Katie Fforde on Jul 29 2012

Read Shadow Of Night and the world of Diana and Matthew will feel more real than your own.

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Tulsa World

Excellent
Reviewed by Ginnie Graham on Aug 19 2012

Harkness delivers an unforgettable tale that has yet to completely unfold. It's easy to get swept up in the relationships filled with love, fear, regret and rebirth.

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Wired

Excellent
Reviewed by Laura Grace Weldon on Aug 29 2012

...the book offers a marvelously complex story with rich undertones that leave a lasting impression.

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NY Daily News

Excellent
Reviewed by Sherryl Connelly on Jul 01 2012

“Shadow of Night” is such rich, period fun, particularly delightful in its witty characterization of historical immortals.

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Arlington Library

Below average
Reviewed by Monica G.

...too much fluff and not enough meat in this story for me to enjoy this one as much as the first book.

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Devourer of Books

Good
Jul 03 2012

Shadow of Night picks up exactly where A Discovery of Witches left off and, is perhaps even the better book.

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Books & Review

Good
Reviewed by Jessica Durham on Jul 26 2012

Shadow of Night brings us a rich and splendid tapestry of alchemy, magic, and history, taking us through the loop of time to deliver a deepening love story

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