Shadow Of Night: A Novel

Shadow Of Night: A Novel

Hardcover | July 10, 2012

byDeborah Harkness

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"Together we lifted our feet and stepped into the unknown"—the thrilling sequel to the New York Times bestseller A Discovery of Witches

Deborah Harkness exploded onto the literary scene with her debut novel, A Discovery of Witches, Book One of the magical All Souls Trilogy and an international publishing phenomenon. The novel introduced Diana Bishop, Oxford scholar and reluctant witch, and the handsome geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont; together they found themselves at the center of a supernatural battle over an enchanted manuscript known as Ashmole 782.

Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches’ cliffhanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana and Matthew into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens.

Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries, delivering one of the most hotly anticipated novels of the season.

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"Together we lifted our feet and stepped into the unknown"—the thrilling sequel to the New York Times bestseller A Discovery of WitchesDeborah Harkness exploded onto the literary scene with her debut novel, A Discovery of Witches, Book One of the magical All Souls Trilogy and an international publishing phenomenon. The novel introduced Diana Bishop, Oxford scholar and reluctant witch, and the hand...

Deborah Harkness made her fiction debut with book one of the All Souls trilogy, A Discovery of Witches, which was a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into more than thirty languages. A professor of history at the University of Southern California, Harkness has received Fulbright, Guggenheim, and National Humanities Center fellowships, and her most recent scholarly work is The Jewel House: Elizabethan ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:592 pages, 9.31 × 6.38 × 1.63 inPublished:July 10, 2012Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0670023485

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointing sequel! Shadow of Night was long and tedious. At first I was excited to see where the story was going. We left our demonic duo going back in time to look for the mysterious book that holds the secrets to all things other-worldly. But the more I read the more frustrating it became. I was hoping the story would not only have our heroes, Diana and Matthew on the quest for the book but battle real danger with the witch trials and encounter the disease and poverty of the 16th century - these elements were pushed to the background and we were spared the real trials and tribulations of Elizabeth times and instead got lessons in fashion, castles, grammar and the inherent moodiness of vampires. I’d pass.
Date published: 2014-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it I love this series stayed up all night reading both books in the trilogy that have been published without even realizing it. One minute it was 10 pm and the next thing I knew it was 6:30 am and the sun was starting to come up. I can't wait for the next book to come out.
Date published: 2013-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific second book! Started this book right after finishing the first one! Was expecting a novel along the same vein as the first. But this one is different in style, tempo and form. There is history spun out in front of you like a beautiful tapestry in such a way that you feel like you could actually be there! Fantastic reading! Enjoyed it every bit as much as the first book. The author has succeeded where so many first time authors have failed, in that her second book continues to enthrall the reader. She shows more imagination and thoroughness with her historical details than anyone else I have read in the last many years. She doesn't just grind out the same preconceived dry garbage that most historical authors use. Loved it! The author twines details into a complex story. Love the writing style! Not just another boy girl, girl boy, conflict, reconcile, the end type of story. Definitely a keeper, and will be re-read again in the future.
Date published: 2013-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! A really great adventure - so much detail that it times it can seem overwhelming - but keep going becasue its all worth it and adds so much to both the plot and the character development. Almost all of your questions from the first book are answered here - and we get a few new ones as well. LOVED IT.
Date published: 2012-12-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Biggest Disappointment after a great first book Shadow of the Night (sequel to Discovery of Witches) by Deborah Harkness book. Book two of a Trilogy. This book did not work for me because of the following reasons.. 1) Endless dialogue of no value to the plot. 2) Boring useless characters with no dimension. 3) Christopher Marlowe the most annoying crharacter ever! I wanted to strangle him, from the first moment we hear him speak, not speak Whine!! 4) Matthew's Character was too wishy-washy! Not the intelligent, strong, determined character he was n the first book, 5) What happened to the well educated Historian Diana, who now seemed " dumbed down " for a lack of a better word. 6) Plot drags on and on, like the author is not sure of where to go. Plot was meaningless most of the time. Did not keep my attention as it should have. I found myself skipping over large sections of the book, because of the lack of substance. It seemed to be merely filler. 7). BIG, BIG disappointment when, I loved Discovery of Witches so much that I couldn't put it down. Yet, I struggled ( and I do mean struggled!) to continue to read the Shadow of the Night. In fact, I read three or four others books while I struggled to get this one finished. 8) I was really disappointed when the book Discovery of Witches ended as I was enjoying it so much, but I couldn't wait for Shadows of the Night to end!! 9) The book felt like Deborah Harkness, rushed through it with no goal in sight. As if she too were disappointed with the characters personalities and tired of them. 10) I am no longer looking forward to finishing this Trilogy :-( Having said the above, I will possibly give the third book a chance, in hopes that it is as entertaining and enjoyable as the first book. Sorry to be negative, but I was really disappointed in the follow-up to a really great read Discovery of Witches!
Date published: 2012-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does Not Disappoint I read DOW on a whim after reading a review of it a year ago and fell in love with the story. I eagerly anticipated the arrival of SON and was not disappointed. Deborah Harkness once again weaves a magical, and historical, tale of the love, happiness and some heartbreak that transpires between Diana and Matthew. The book also houses a few surprises that I did not see coming which added unexpected weight to the story. I now eagerly anticipate the third and final volume of this enchanting trilogy. SON is a must read if you read DOW and if you have not read DOW I urge you to pick it up and join the millions that have become enchanted by this series.
Date published: 2012-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Won't disappoint! As a fan of the first book in this series, I looked forward to the release of Shadow of Night with anticipation, and it didn't disappoint. As a reader, I always find it interesting to watch how a new author develops their skill and becomes more accomplished as they gain more experience and confidence. One of the issues with the first novel in the trillogy, Discovery of Witches, was the rather slow pace at the beginning of the novel, as Ms. Harkness established the background and characters of her story. It was here that she most clearly demonstrated her lack of experience as a novelist. By contrast, there was none of that same awkwardness with the current work. Ms. Harkness jumps right in where she left off and the novel is able to flow easily, continuing the story of Matthew and Diana and further developing their characters without interrupting the flow of the plot. Diana and Matthew land in Elizabethan England, and this is where Ms. Harkness' skill in weaving together fact and fiction is best demonstrated. Like the best historical novelists, she manages to weave historical detail into her story without doing so in an obvious and obnoxious way. Like the best fantasy novelists, she skillfully weaves in unlikely creatures such as vampires, witches and daemons among the poor ordinary humans, cheekily suggesting historical persons like Kit Marlowe and Thomas Harriot may have been more than they appeared. The result is a rich reading experience, an intelligently entertaining love story and an exciting continuation of the trilogy.
Date published: 2012-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic continuation!!!!! Its a very emotional continuation to the series. We really go into depth of the emotions of the characters and the story line is filled and action and suspense. The story picks up right where u left off!. awsome awsome awsome!!!!!
Date published: 2012-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Book two is just as wonderful as the first, get it asap! I adored the first book in this trilogy, "A Discovery of Witches" and waited impatiently for this second part. It in no way let me down, as it was completely as intelligent, intriguing, expansive and wonderful as the first. After realizing that all the creatures want Diana, and that there is nowhere they can be safe in the present while Diana learns to use her magic, she and Matthew time-walk back to 1591, where Matthew is close with the erudite movers-and-shakers of the day: Sir Walter Raleigh and Kit Marlow, among others, and a courtier to Elizabeth I. They create a new life in London, while Diana searches for a teacher, and Matthew continues to try to come to terms with his own internal demons. They also continue to search for Ashmole 782, and try not to do anything that will materially change the future, which is a big challenge, given who they are. This book focuses more directly on Diana and Matthew's love story, as they both slowly and with many difficult missteps, become more capable of trusting one another and accepting that despite the fact that they *shouldn't* be together, they are together, and both of them want to be together. That doesn't, of course, change the fact that many, maybe even most of the rest of the world, present, past and future, would rather they weren't, and many of the characters from the first book as well as new ones here show up in the story making various attempts to rip them apart. But the story isn't just about Diana and Matthew in love, anymore than the first book was. Deborah Harkness is quite obviously a devoted lover of history, philosophy, art, science, politics and many other things, and all of these are woven skillfully into the larger story in such a natural way, you might almost forget that you are reading fiction. That makes this so much more than just a paranormal fiction or romance story. I consider this as much historical fiction as many other books I've read, even though, yes, it has witches, vampires and daemons in it. Both Diana and Matthew are able to come to terms with things in their lives that have created scars in their present, and the reader really feels a sense of vicarious closure for both of them as we watch them heal past wounds so they will be strong enough - both on their own and together - to face the battle they know lies ahead. I utterly loved this book! Many times, I went back and re-read passages because they were so wonderful. If you read "A Discovery of Witches" and liked it, you must go get book two immediately. The only down-side is that we now have to wait however many months it will take for Harkness to write and publish the final installment in Diana and Matthew's story. I can't wait!!
Date published: 2012-07-19
Rated out of 5 by from Anxiously waiting for this release July 10th in Canada!!!!
Date published: 2012-07-02
Rated out of 5 by from Can't wait till it's out!!
Date published: 2012-06-28
Date published: 2012-06-21
Rated out of 5 by from Olá, para quando o 2º volume em Português? estou ansiosa....
Date published: 2012-06-16
Rated out of 5 by from hola buenas noches, pueden decirme cuando estaran disponibles en español, ya que no leo en ingles??????
Date published: 2012-04-18

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“Why no beard? Have you been ill?” Marlowe’s eyes flickered when they spotted me, nudging me with the insistent pressure that marked him unmistakably as a daemon.I suppressed an urge to rush at one of England’s greatest playwrights and shake his hand before peppering him with questions. What little information I once knew about him flew from my mind now that he was standing before me. Had any of his plays been performed in 1590? How old was he? Younger than Matthew and I, certainly. Marlowe couldn’t yet be thirty. I smiled at him warmly.“Wherever did you find that?” Marlowe pointed, his voice dripping with contempt. I looked over my shoulder, expecting to see some hideous work of art. There was nothing but empty space.He meant me. My smile faltered.“Gently, Kit,” Matthew said with a scowl.Marlowe shrugged off the rebuke. “It is no matter. Take your fill of her before the others arrive, if you must. George has been here for some time, of course, eating your food and reading your books. He is still without a patron and hasn’t a farthing to his name.”“George is welcome to whatever I have, Kit.” Matthew kept his eyes on the young man, his face expressionless as he drew our intertwined fingers to his mouth. “Diana, this is my dear friend Christopher Marlowe.”Matthew’s introduction provided Marlowe with an opportunity to inspect me more openly. His attention crawled from my toes to the top of my head. The young man’s scorn was evident, his jealousy better hidden. Marlowe was indeed in love with my husband. I had suspected it back in Madison when my fingers had traveled over his inscription in Matthew’s copy of Doctor Faustus.“I had no idea there was a brothel in Woodstock that specialized in over-tall women. Most of your whores are more delicate and appealing, Matthew. This one is a positive Amazon,” Kit sniffed, looking over his shoulder at the disordered drifts of paper that covered the surface of the table. “According to the Old Fox’s latest, it was business rather than lust that took you to the north. Wherever did you find the time to secure her services?”“It is remarkable, Kit, how easily you squander affection,” Matthew drawled, though there was a note of warning in his tone. Marlowe, seemingly intent on the correspondence, failed to recognize it and smirked. Matthew’s fingers tightened on mine.“Is Diana her real name, or was it adopted to enhance her allure among customers? Perhaps a baring of her right breast, or a bow and arrow, is in order,” Marlowe suggested, picking up a sheet of paper. “Remember when Blackfriars Bess demanded we call her Aphrodite before she would let us—”“Diana is my wife.” Matthew was gone from my side, his hand no longer wrapped around mine but twisted in Marlowe’s collar.“No.” Kit’s face registered his shock.“Yes. That means she is the mistress of this house, bears my name, and is under my protection. Given all that—and our long-standing friendship, of course—no word of criticism or whisper against her virtue will cross your lips in future.”I wiggled my fingers to restore their feeling. The angry pressure from Matthew’s grip had driven the ring on the third finger of my left hand into the flesh, leaving a pale red mark. Despite its lack of facets, the diamond in the center captured the warmth of the firelight. The ring had been an unexpected gift from Matthew’s mother, Ysabeau. Hours ago—centuries ago? centuries to come?—Matthew had repeated the words of the old marriage ceremony and slid the diamond over my knuckles.With a clatter of dishes, two vampires appeared in the room. One was a slender man with an expressive face, weather-beaten skin the color of a hazelnut, and black hair and eyes. He was holding a flagon of wine and a goblet whose stem was shaped into a dolphin, the bowl balanced on its tail. The other was a rawboned woman bearing a platter of bread and cheese.“You are home, milord,” the man said, obviously confused. Oddly enough, his French accent made him easier to understand. “The messenger on Thursday said—”“My plans changed, Pierre.” Matthew turned to the woman. “My wife’s possessions were lost on the journey, Françoise, and the clothes she was wearing were so filthy I burned them.” He told the lie with bald confidence. Neither the vampires nor Kit looked convinced by it.“Your wife?” Françoise repeated, her accent as French as Pierre’s. “But she is a w—”“Warmblood,” Matthew finished, plucking the goblet from the tray. “Tell Charles there’s another mouth to feed. Diana hasn’t been well and must have fresh meat and fish on the advice of her doctor. Someone willneed to go to the market, Pierre.”Pierre blinked. “Yes, milord.”“And she will need something to wear,” Françoise observed, eyeing me appraisingly. When Matthew nodded, she disappeared, Pierre following in her wake.“What’s happened to your hair?” Matthew held up a strawberry blond curl.“Oh, no,” I murmured. My hands rose. Instead of my usual shoulder-length, straw-colored hair, they found unexpectedly springy reddish-gold locks reaching down to my waist. The last time my hair had developed a mind of its own, I was in college, playing Ophelia in a production of Hamlet. Then and now its unnaturally rapid growth and change of hue were not good signs. The witch within me had awakened during our journey to the past. There was no telling what other magic had been unleashed.