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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks (10 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611760704
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611760705
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 5.3 x 14.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (627 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,426,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The joy that Harkness, herself a historian, takes in visiting the past is evident on every page. . . . A great spell, the one that can enchant a reader and make a 600-page book fly through her fingertips, is cast. . . . Its enduring rewards are plenty." --"Entertainment Weekly
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"Fans of Harkness's 2011 debut "A Discovery of Witches" will be delighted. . . . She delivers enough romance and excitement to keep the pages turning. Readers will devour it." --"People "




"Deborah Harkness takes us places we've never been before. . . . "Shadow of Night "isn't just about wonderfully detailed descriptions of England in 1591, it's about "being" there. Readers time-travel as precisely and precariously as Diana and Matthew do. . . . "Shadow" ends as "Discovery" did with promises of more to come. Lucky for us." --"USA Today
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"Harkness exudes her own style of magic in making the world of late 16th century England come alive. . . . Enchanting, engrossing and as impossible to put down as its predecessor, "Shadow of Night "is a perfect blend of fantasy, history and romance. Its single greatest flaw is, after almost 600 pages, it's over. If you've already read and enjoyed "A Discovery of Witches", picking up "Shadow of Night "is an absolute requirement. Otherwise, pick up both, and consider your summer reading list complete." --"Miami Herald
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"Harkness proves she's not suffering from a sophomore slump with this addictive tale of magic, mayhem and two lovers." --"Chicago Tribune
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"Rich, period fun, particularly delightful in its witty characterization of historical immortals . . . "Shadow "ramps up the supernatural suspense." --"New York Daily News
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"This novel is as much a love story about a bygone era as it is about Matthew and Diana. It overflows with a colorful cast of characters, many of whom Harkness has plucked straight from the history books, and Harkness renders the late 1500s in exquisite detail. . . . The writing is so rich, the characters so compelling . . . and best of all, Harkness manages to execute with aplomb the act of answering old questions while posing new ones that will intensify anticipation for the final installment. Readers who have been counting down the days, take heart: The wait was most assuredly worth it." --"BookPage
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"Harkness delights in lining up the living dead and modern academic history. . . . This tale of a feminist Yankee in Queen Elizabeth's court charms amid the tumult, as the gifted heroine and her groom fight for generations and another sequel to come in order to protect the magical world that's all around us.""--""Publishers Weekly
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"The author's fans will be thrilled to get the second installment of the All Souls trilogy. . . . Those who enjoy a well-developed world, lots of historical detail, and plenty of character development will find much to like." --"Booklist
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"Destined to be as popular as its predecessor, this is a must-buy." --"Library Journal
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"Harkness has great fun and her background as a history professor gives her plenty of room to work with." --"Kirkus Reviews
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Praise for "Shadow of Night"
"A captivating and romantic ripping yarn."
--E. L. James, "Books of the Year 2012: Authors Choose Their Favourites," "The Guardian"
"The joy that Harkness, herself a historian, takes in visiting the past is evident on every page. . . . A great spell, the one that can enchant a reader and make a 600-page book fly through her fingertips, is cast. . . . Its enduring rewards are plenty."
--"Entertainment Weekly"
"Fans of Harkness's 2011 debut "A Discovery of Witches "will be delighted. . . . Harkness delivers enough romance and excitement to keep the pages turning. Readers will devour it."
--"People"
"Deborah Harkness takes us places we've never been before. . . . "Shadow of Night "isn't just about wonderfully detailed descriptions of England in 1591, it's about being there. Readers time-travel as precisely and precariously as Diana and Matthew do. . . . "Shadow" ends as "Discovery" did with promises of more to come. Lucky for us."
--"USA Today"
"Harkness exudes her own style of magic in making the world of late 16th century England come alive. . . . Enchanting, engrossing and as impossible to put down as its predecessor, "Shadow of Night" is a perfect blend of fantasy, history and romance. Its single greatest flaw is, after almost 600 pages, it's over. If you've already read and enjoyed "A Discovery of Witches," picking up "Shadow of Night "is an absolute requirement. Otherwise, pick up both, and consider your reading list complete."
"--Miami Herald"
"Picking up where she left off in last year's "A Discovery of Witches," Harkness proves she's not suffering from a sophomore slump with this addictive tale of magic, mayhem and two lovers."
--"Chicago Tribune"
"Rich, period fun, particularly delightful in its witty characterization of historical immortals . . . "Shadow" ramps up the supernatural suspense."
"--New York Daily News"
"This novel is as much ar --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The phenomenal No.1 international bestseller and the second volume in the enthralling All SOULS trilogy --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I liked a Discovery of Witches but I found some of the romance between Diana and Matthew (the sweeping up in his strong arms) a bit grating after a while. However, the whole world of adult witches, vampires and daemons was great and so I looked forward to the sequel as it would be set in London in 1590, one of my favourite eras.

I liked this story more than the first, the characters are more established and although Matthew is moody, Diana stands up to him and they have a mature adult relationship. I loved the descriptions of Elizabethan London and the people they meet, I would have liked a bit more about how strange the world would have been compared to the modern world but nonetheless, it kept my attention. When this series works well is when Diana is learning to become a witch, this is something I'd like to see more of.

In all, I liked this, it was better than the first in my opinion and if you like the world of witches and vampires, then it is worth a read.
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Shadow of Night is the second book in the All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness. I read the first, A Discovery of Witches last year and really enjoyed it so I was looking forward to seeing what Deborah Harkness would do with the story next.
Shadow of Night begins exactly where A Discovery of Witches left off. I would highly recommend reading the books in order so you can get a full grasp of events so far.
Matthew and Diana have travelled back to Elizabethan England, the year 1590 to be precise. Here Matthew is Matthew Roydon, a spy for Queen Elizabeth and a member of the School of Night. Other members and friends include Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Harriet and Sir Walter Raleigh. I found this aspect of the book completely fascinating. Deborah Harkness brought these famous historical characters to life on the page; her background as a historian is evident and her attention to detail cannot be criticised in any way.
Matthew and Diana are in danger from the very beginning. There are only so many people that they can be completely honest with so it is vital that Diana can pass as an Elizabethan woman of the time or suspicions will be raised . Matthew and Diana have two main problems to solve during this book. They must find the text Ashmole 782 which is how their story began and they must also find another witch who can teach Diana how to harness her magical powers.
Shadow of Night is lengthy at 768 pages but I found that I flew through it. Deborah Harkness creates a fantastic pace, her descriptions are extremely vivid and she reveals a lot more about Matthew's past. I felt myself turning more and more pages as I wanted to know what was going to happen next and whether Diana and Matthew would get what they came for.
These books are wholly fantastical but I love the story that Deborah Harkness has created. She has added paranormal edge to historical fiction and in doing so has created an enchanting trilogy that will appeal to a wide variety of readers.
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I absolutely loved Discovery of Witches and believe it or not I literally counted the days to the sequel being released. I pre-ordered it and didn't even mind paying the extortionate price for the kindle version than the beautiful hardback; I was too excited to care. However I am up to Page 132 and can honestly say I'm bored-very bored. What has happened to the wonderful Diana and her dashing gorgeous vampire, Matthew? Yes the 16th century descriptions are absolutely amazing but nothing at all has happened. I'm completely devastated and hate to admit my overwhelming disappointment at having to say this. I usually read at least a book a week but I've been plodding along now for the best part of 10 days. . I cannot express my deep regret about this but I'm calling it a day if something doesn't happen soon. I don't give up on books lightly, and especially one which I have eagerly anticipated and paid an extortionate price for, but life is too short to read something you're not enjoying. I had such high hopes but sadly this hasn't materialised.

****update.
I did stick with it and read until the end. I was so thankful I had finished it and grew to dislike the book even more, but I was hoping against hope that things would pick up: sadly they didn't. The middle of the book was great, with Diana getting to grips with her 'witchy' things and which was the whole foundation of the first story. The pace was sadly lacking throughout the entire book and I felt I was punishing myself for continuing to read when I should, in fact, have given up when I said I would, which was virtually at the beginning.
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To make any sense at all of this, the second book in the All Souls trilogy, you really need to have read the opening episode, A Discovery of Witches to make head or tail of the relationship between the two lead characters. Diana, an academic historian and untrained modern-day witch, has fallen hard for Matthew, an ancient vampire; one of those cross-species forbidden loves which is further complicated by her inability to use any of her natural magicks and his melancholic verging on downright miserable personality, which dwells on multiple lifetimes of sorrow.

Here they plunge back in time seeking answers from an olde booke of magicke in the Elizabethan era, where Diana may also be able to find wise witches to teach her how to control her increasingly unruly powers. What follows is more a traditional historical romance, replete with the minutae of Elizabethan life, than your average spookynatural romp. More of this novel seems to be given over to the less-than-gripping details about how to run a gentleman’s household, how wide one’s ruff should be, and how many hoops a well-to-do lady wears inside her skirt than the infinitely more interesting matter of unleashing Diana’s familiar, a frisky fire-dragon.
We trudge through an awful lot of meeting-the-family and rehabilitating waifs and strays, and endure a tip of the hat to every well-known Elizabethan in town – because of course the ageless vampire Matthew was best friends wich Walter Rayleigh and Christopher Marlowe, wasn’t he?
Reflecting the social situations of the time, for most of this book Diana becomes little more than a shadow of her freshly-wedded undead husband, much less the heroine in her own story.
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