Book Review:
Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

Title: Shadow of Night
Author: Deborah Harkness
Published: 2012
Language: English
Pages: 584
Rating: 3/5

This is the second book in the All Souls trilogy, and will contain some spoilers. You can read my review of the first one, A Discovery of Witches here.

Seeking saftey from their pursuers, Diana and Matthew have timewalked all the way back to 1590. Here Diana will not only have to learn to control her powers, they must also search for the mysterious book that started it all.

It's not that often that I enjoy the second book in a trilogy more than the first one, but this is the case with Shadow of the Night. I really liked that this book was centred more on the main characters personal growth than the romance aspect of the story (thought it's still there and very present).

What I loved most about this book was the setting though, I loved seeing 1590's London and it's society of magical creatures. I just find this magical world so fascinating!

I liked that we get to know the characters even better in this book, and we discover more of their secrets. I also wasn't really bothered by the romance, as I felt like it was as realistic as that relationship is going to get.

Though it is a bit slow at times, I very much enjoyed this book. I'm quite excited to read the final one!

I would recommend this series if you like magic and historical fiction.

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Also... sigh...



  1. Whoa, what a beautiful cover!
    I love magic and historical fiction, so I guess this one is for me :)


    1. I know! All the covers in this series are really beautiful :)

  2. I loved this one, both for the terrific character development and for the fun of experiencing the Elizabethan age. Harkness did a great job with the historical detail, right down to the clothing and the smells.

    1. Cool! My favourite part was definitely the Elizabethan age as well! :) I felt it was captured very well.


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