Review: Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

I recently had the great pleasure of meeting Deborah Harkness at Book Expo of America, and received an advanced copy of Shadow of Night. This is the second book in Harkness’s All Soul’s Trilogy. It begins where A Discovery of Witches left off.

Diana and Matthew time travel back into Matthew’s Elizabethan London where they come across a group of his old friends–the secretive School of Night. The group is composed of historical figures such as Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Concurrently, Diana seeks and finds a group of witches to tutor her in magic and strengthen her powers before returning with Matthew back to modern time.

Matthew and Diana’s relationship is tested in new ways and they grow as a couple, as well as lovers, throughout the novel. They also gain greater understanding and appreciation for each other as Matthew reconciles with his past.

Harkness masterfully weaves an intricate pattern between fictional and historical figures and events that amazes and intrigues. Shadow of Night will leave the reader eagerly anticipating the third novel in this series and could possibly waken the historian within.

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