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The phenomenal number one international bestseller from the author of A Discovery of Witches.
It began with A Discovery of Witches.
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...
About the Author
Deborah Harkness is a professor of history at USC, specialising in science and medicine in early modern Europe. And she really did once find a missing manuscript in the Bodleian Library!
This is the 2nd in a trilogy, that absolutely captivated me. Original story line, great warmth to the characters with some historical content that fascinates. I couldn't put this book down.
Loved part 2 of this captivating journey!
Just marvelous reading. I want to know more, now. Can't wait to start Part 3 - The Book of Life.
Love this book
Loved reading this book, will read it again
I loved this book.
It is a great story.
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have read this 3 times over 5 yrs and have yet to be bored of it. reading this last time was in anticipation of the 3rd installment. Loving it
This book series is wonderful! I enjoy young adult books and I loved this. It had so much detail and was so engaging I couldn't put it down. This series is one of my absolute favourites.
A Fascinating Historical Twist
Unlike the first book that focused way too much on love scenes designed for vampire fixated teenagers, this book, the second in the trilogy, revolves around time travel and delivers on all fronts. It engages readers both old and young in a fascinating exploration through a 16 century Europe that is filled with creatures of all sorts. It is here the lore of witches and vampires is explored and the foundations laid for a final confrontation back in the 21st Century. I enjoyed meeting many of history's heroes from Queen Elizabeth to Shakespeare in quite macabre circumstances. The writer's grasp of history and her ability to twist it to suit the tale makes for exciting and spectacular reading. I couldn't put it down!
Can't put it down!
Cost of delivery a bit expensive!
"Twilight" for adults!
What drew my attention, as an older reader, was a critic's comment that this novel is "Twilight for tweedies" so I bought Shadow of Night on spec - and quickly realised that it would be even more fun if I'd read Part 1 (A Discovery of Witches), which I hastily bought - and devoured! She's a witch who is incapable of using any of her potentially considerable powers (she's a direct descendant of the Bishop who was burned as a witch in Salem).She's working in Oxford on a fellowship. In the course of her research she calls up an old book from the closed stacks which sighs when she touches it - thus attracting the attention of every witch in the library ... not to mention the vampire! I really enjoyed it, and am looking forward to completing the trilogy when Part 3 is released. The film is also currently in production, which is a great bonus. It's an entertaining read - a trip through time and space and history: there are some historical inaccuracies, but if you are happy to suspend disbelief, it's all most enjoyable.
Shadow of Night
What a rich, thrilling and educational tale it is... A captivating and romantic ripping yarn - E L James, Books of the year 2012, Guardian
Deborah Harkness has done us proud with her magnificent, enthralling, engrossing sequel... Her weaving of time and ancient lore, of modern science and alchemy, or vampires, daemons and all-too-mortal humans is magical, wonderful and utterly addictive. You won't be able to put it down - Manda Scott
ISBN: 9780755384754 ISBN-10: 075538475X Series: All Souls Audience:
Number Of Pages: 672 Published: 12th February 2013 Publisher: Headline Publishing Group Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1