Shadow Of Night: A Novel by Deborah HarknessShadow Of Night: A Novel by Deborah Harkness

Shadow Of Night: A Novel

byDeborah Harkness

Paperback | May 28, 2013

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The #1 New York Times–bestselling sequel to A Discovery of Witches, book two of the All Souls Trilogy—“as enchanting, engrossing, and impossible to put down as its predecessor” (Miami Herald)

J. K. Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Anne Rice—only a few writers capture the imagination the way that Deborah Harkness has with her New York Times–bestselling All Souls trilogy. A Discovery of Witches introduces reluctant witch Diana Bishop, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and the battle for a lost, enchanted manuscript known as Ashmole 782.

Picking up from A Discovery of Witches’ cliffhanger ending, Shadow of Night takes Diana and Matthew on a trip through time to Elizabethan London, where they are plunged into a world of spies, magic, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the School of Night. As the search for Ashmole 782 deepens and Diana seeks out a witch to tutor her in magic, the net of Matthew’s past tightens around them, and they embark on a very different—and vastly more dangerous—journey.
Deborah Harkness is the number one New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life. A history professor at the University of Southern California, Harkness has received Fulbright, Guggenheim, and National Humanities Center fellowships. She lives in Los Angeles. Visit www.deborahharkness...
Title:Shadow Of Night: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:592 pages, 8.37 × 5.48 × 1.24 inPublished:May 28, 2013Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Dragged On and On Simply put: I couldn't get through this book. It is now being used as a doorstop.
Date published: 2018-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this sequel! I thought this sequel was great! If you enjoyed the first book, you'll like this one too!
Date published: 2018-05-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not as good as the first This book was disappointing. It was like the author was trying too hard to make the characters seem more interesting to the point of making them annoying. I hope this book is just about creating a foundation for the third of the series and that the third one is as good as the first.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great sequel I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first, but I still liked it. The historical aspects and settings were fun and intesting. I would recommend it.
Date published: 2018-02-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from doubled down on everything i didn't enjoy in the first book absolute slog of a book to drag through, first time i've not enjoyed time travel in a book
Date published: 2018-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sequel Historical fiction is my favorite. Add supernatural elements and it just gets better. Loved all the new characters and locations. The story is so rich and the writing is great.
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spectacular Sequel This sequel to the All Souls Trilogy is just as good as the first. The plot thickens and is so well planned. I can't get enough of the writing; Harkness' style is beautiful, and the characters are so real and not simply vehicles for the plot.
Date published: 2017-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It The story continues and I found it a little longer to read as I was not quite as drawn in this time (just my opinion) but when I finished it I was happy I continued to read. Looking forward to finding out where this journey takes me next. I do recommend this even though at times it was a bit slow, it does pay off in the end
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome The audio book version of this novel was outstanding! The narrator Jennifer Ikeda was able to completely pull me into the story. If you were daunted by the amount of historical references in the hard copy version then listen to this audio book! It will completely change your experience with the series. Plus, Jennifer Ikeda's interpretation of Rudolph II voice is hilarious!!
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I think this installment of the All Souls Trilogy is just as great as the first book. Here, Deborah Harkness explores her characters even more. We get greater insight into why Matthew is the way he is, we learn a great deal about his father Phillipe, and we also get to know Diana's father Stephen. Although the pacing differs from the first book (Matthew and Diana time travel to the past) all lot of milestones are made in this book and certain issues are resolved.
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good A good read, not as awesome as I had hoped for but still good
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not as great as the first Not as great as the first one but hey it was still a good and easy read. I think this book was building up a plot for the following book.... will be starting the third book soon... hope fully that is the case because if not im gonna be sooo upset if there is really that much material that wasnt needed in the second book... Because while reading it that's how i felt...#plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Shadow Of Night Second book and in my opinion the weakest book in the series. This book was a drag.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not as good as the first but I liked how the author used parts of historical figures in her plot to make it more interesting. I am not a huge romance fan in general and this one upped the cheesiness for sure from the first book
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Who says that sequels are never as good as the first?! This is book 2 of the All Souls Trilogy, and it is every bit as all-consuming as the first. While reading I live, breath, and exist in the world of Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont! There is no reason on this earth to justify not reading this book!
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from How disappointing I had waited in anticipation for this book's release after reading the first one (which was amazing!) but I was so disappointed that I was not able to finish it! It just dragged & dragged!! I got through close to half the book and lost patience.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome Great continuation of a great story
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderful continuation Captivating sequel! Another book by harkness that I could not put down!
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loving it I'm loving this series. Book two does not disappoint.
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Middle Dragged On and On I enjoyed the beginning as it picked me up where the first book left off and transported me into another world. However, the middle just went on and on and on.... The detail overload felt too much like filler rather than an important part of the novel. It caused me to constantly put the book away, and not pick it back up until I had time to forget why I put it away. Once I finally got through the middle, the end was much better than the boring parts I had to trudge through to get to it.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from in love with this series! My favourite book series on witch and paranormal, love it!!!
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite loved it so much and it is my favourite. It is a must read!!!
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Detail Overload Beginning of this book was very good then in the middle it was somewhat a drag for me. End was good too. This is a very detailed book. Which made it a slow and sometimes boring.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shadow of Night This is a wonderful series and I recommend it to everyone. It has lots of supernatural goodness, but it's really a magic and fun read.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Sequel! This story is an amazing sequel to A Discovery of Witches. It's a completely different dynamic than the first book which gives it the magic of a first book in a series but you get the development of some amazing characters. Also, you're introduced to some familiar people in a totally new light-- amazing story!
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The fun continues! The historian in me absolutely loved this squeal to a Discovery of Witches.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite roller coaster I really enjoyed this story. I loved the first book as well. Ms. Harkness' writing in these stories reminds me of the most fun roller coaster you remember - the one that's just thrilling enough to laugh and be a little unnerved at the same time. This book, like the first, starts with the slow climb to the top of the hill. Once you get there, there is the pause, the holding of the breath, and then comes the slip over the precipice and the wild ride begins, with the exhilarating race down the hill and into the meat of the story. There are more hills, some unexpected corkscrews, laughter and tears. It ends with a satisfying and gentle ride into the destination, and much like that roller coaster, you end with the statement: "Let's do it again!" I can't wait to read the third one! One of my favourite things is the peppering of history throughout the story. The only criticism I can think of is that Matthew seems a little more two-dimensional in this book. I'm hoping that will change in the third installment.
Date published: 2016-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book This book placed me under its spell in only the first few chapters! Full of excitement and a splash of romance.
Date published: 2016-02-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from long but worth it in the end I found the beginning grabbed me, then there was a lot of dragging on then it got good again. That's what I can say without spoiling anything. I enjoyed the historical references. I found myself stopping to look the characters up to read about their real stories like Christopher Marlowe. I may be hated for saying this but I found the romance part a bit cliche. Maybe I'm not a romantic but there was a lot of eye rolling on my part.
Date published: 2016-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loving It! I started this second volume with some trepidation, having read the reviews of it by people before me. Since I'm an historian, I wasn't too bothered by those who claimed there was too much historical detail because I thrive on that stuff, and so far my experience with Harkness is that she bothers to get it right. I was a little worried that the plot wouldn't hold up since sequels often aren't as good as the first in the series, and some people who reviewed it thought it wasn't up to much by comparison. I haven't finished it yet but am roaring towards the ending in my borrowed-from-the-library copy and I have been pleasantly surprised at how well it compares. Now I want my own copy.
Date published: 2015-09-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just ok. Wow, goes on forever. I like the story but the author has a tendency to use filler just to drag out the story, obviously paid by the word!
Date published: 2014-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thumbs up Much better than the first. Good read.
Date published: 2014-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reader I love this series. A mixture of adventure, history, and romance.
Date published: 2014-10-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Second Times a Charm Just finished reading this book for the second time, finding it more enjoyable this time around. The first time reading I felt overwhelmed with all the new characters thrust upon me at once and didn't enjoy some of the historical references and details so much. This time it wasn't so bad. Cannot wait to read the third book!
Date published: 2014-10-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Shadow of Night Absolutely love this series! Will be very sad when it ends.
Date published: 2014-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Shadow of night Great read so many twists and turns can't wait to dive in to book 3.
Date published: 2014-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shadow of Night Loved the first two now on to the third :)
Date published: 2014-08-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointed I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first one. I'm hoping the third book will be more like the first!
Date published: 2014-08-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first one. I'm hoping the third book will be more like the first!
Date published: 2014-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shadow of Night A good read:-) :-) :-)
Date published: 2014-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Shadow of Night I loved this sequel. The main character is a strong female, the premise is quite unusual and I can't wait to read Harkness's third novel in the series.
Date published: 2014-08-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed this book as well A little more history in this book. A slower read just to try and take everything in. I still really enjoyed it. Can't wait to read the final book!!!
Date published: 2014-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyed this book as well Shadow of the Night was a very good installment in the lives of Diana and Matthew. I liked the character development, good twists and turns to the story. The travel back in time was well done, descriptive and made the reader feel you were possibly there. I am looking forward to the third chapter in their lives and to see what the future holds for them. Deborah Harkness is a good author, well written book, definitely worth a read.
Date published: 2014-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyed this book as well I have been waiting for this book for almost one year and it did not disappoint. I absolutely loved this triology.
Date published: 2014-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyed this book as well I really enjoyed this second installment in The All-Souls Trilogy. The characters are well written as is the story. I love the drama, suspense, intrigue, romance and magic. Read A Discovery of Witches first.
Date published: 2014-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great follow through Can't wait to read the last of the series.
Date published: 2014-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Shadow of the first novel. I liked this one even though some other readers may have found it slow.
Date published: 2014-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Trilogy Hope this series is made Inrt Hope this series is turned into a movie!
Date published: 2014-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Shadow of Night Enjoyed this more the second time around. Now on to The Book of Life!
Date published: 2014-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Shadow of Night Lagged at times, but overall not bad. I will read the next one, after all, it's good entertainment!
Date published: 2014-07-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too much detail... This book took me entirely too long to read. It was very well written, but there were far too many details. I read with interest the slant Harkness took on the many historical characters introduced (especially Shakespeare). However, for as many pertinent characters as there were, there were also too many other characters introduced and abandoned. The story was just bogged down in way too much detail - it made it very difficult to enjoy. I really enjoyed Matthew and Diana's relationship in book 1, but in this instalment, their romance was detracted from by all the history, excess detail, and too many extraneous characters. I'm invested enough in this trilogy to read book 3 when it comes out, but I'm in no great rush to see how the series ends.
Date published: 2014-04-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very detailed.. I had been anxiously waiting for this book to come out in soft cover, and I've got to say it didn't really stand up to A Discovery of Witches. I still enjoyed the story line of Diana, Matthew, and all the witches, daemons, and vampires, but I just kept getting lost in the details! I had a really hard time keeping characters and events straight throughout the entire book. It didn't help either that there was such a time lapse between the 1st and the 2nd book, that I had forgotten some of the events. That being said, I will DEFINITELY still be picking up the final instalment to the trilogy. Hoping that some of my confusion was due to the era and historical events.
Date published: 2013-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not as powerful as the first... I absolutely loved Deborah Harkness's first novel A Discovery of Witches so I was excited to return to the world she built and spend time with the characters I had grown to love. A Shadow of Night is a richly detailed visit to the past that sees Diana and Matthew try to escape the trouble in the present and to develop Diana's witching abilities while trying to track down the elusive Ashmole 782. I really enjoyed the story, however it definitely felt like a bridge between the first book and the conclusion as it was short on any real action or conflict and I found myself wishing Harkness would spend more time on the issues she had created and introduced in the first installment that had brought our characters to this point rather than spend so much time on world building the 16th century setting the characters were living in.
Date published: 2013-06-17

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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.

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INTRODUCTIONDeborah Harkness’s A Discovery of Witches, the thrilling debut novel in the All Souls trilogy, exploded onto the literary scene, becoming an instant bestseller and leaving fans breathless with its cliffhanger ending. Now, in Shadow of Night, Harkness returns with feisty heroine Diana Bishop and her continuing search for the enchanted manuscript known only as Ashmole 782. The new novel finds that Diana has traveled back in time, embraced her magical abilities, and confronted Matthew’s complex past as a fifteen–hundred–year–old vampire—but is she risking too much?The year is 1590, Elizabeth is queen, and all of Europe is aflame with witch burnings. Into this world of danger and conspiracy arrive Diana and Matthew. She has timewalked them from today to sixteenth–century England in the hope that they will track down Ashmole 782 and unlock its secrets. But Diana must also find a guide to help her master her powerful yet unpredictable magic. From the moment they arrive in the past, Diana can see the threads of time unraveling, but has no idea how to control them.Harkness draws on her talent for storytelling and her experience as a historian to create a richly textured, authentic world, surrounding her characters with details of Elizabethan life large and small: Diana mingles with Sir Walter Raleigh and Christopher Marlowe, is present for the invention of the telescope, and dances at the court of the Holy Roman Emperor. For Matthew, sixteenth–century life is a return home: to his country manor, to his family, and to his life of royal espionage and international intrigue. This meticulously researched milieu is the setting for an expansive and fast–paced adventure that stretches through centuries and around the globe.In a world filled with supernatural subterfuge where even thoughts can be dangerous, Diana and Matthew discover unexpected allies; loyalties hundreds of years in the making are tested, and courage comes from the least likely of corners. From royalty to half–mad alchemists, Matthew and Diana find that they aren’t the only ones seeking the manuscript. While Matthew attempts to make peace with his troubled past, Diana uncovers a disturbing prophecy for her future—one that could put those she loves most at risk—as Ashmole 782 begins to reveal its dark secrets.Alchemy, history, and magic—Harkness is in her element, and her smooth control of plot and prose is a pleasure to read. By turns sexy and suspenseful, entertaining and exhilarating, Shadow of Night is a massive achievement that will leave her fans clamoring for the final installment in the gripping All Souls trilogy.ABOUT DEBORAH HARKNESSDeborah Harkness is the author of the bestselling A Discovery of Witches and is also a historian specializing in the history of science, magic, and alchemy. She has received numerous awards, including Fulbright, Guggenheim, and National Humanities Center fellowships, and is currently a professor of history at the University of Southern California.A CONVERSATION WITH DEBORAH HARKNESSQ. Because you are a scholar, your work is based on constant research and analysis; the novel is filled with details that could come only from extended historical work. Do you find a difference between researching for academic purposes and for creative writing? How long did it take you to gather the information for Shadow of Night?In a way I’ve been researching Shadow of Night since 1982, when I first began studying this period in earnest, though my interest in Elizabethan England extends beyond that into my childhood and teen years. No matter how much I’ve read or how many documents I’ve consulted for my scholarship, however, when writing Shadow of NightI found there was still so much I didn’t know, such as how far and fast a horse could travel in a single day in November or what people ate in December. It was an exciting, humbling experience to write this book.Q. Your field of specialty is Elizabethan England and the history of science. Is there anything about the period you’d like readers to know that didn’t make it into Shadow of Night? Did you have to leave anything out?How much space do we have for my answer? Seriously, if I had put everything into the book I wanted to in terms of historical detail, the book would have been six or seven times as long! In the end, I set myself this test: If I was writing about the present, would I stop to describe this shoe/breakfast/shop? If the answer was no, I kept the story moving. If the answer was yes, then I tried to tell the reader the most important historical details, but it was still not everything that I might have shared.Q. When we last spoke, you had just published your debut novel, A Discovery of Witches. At the time, you said, “Novelists, like the alchemists of old, know that true creation takes time and patience, and that it’s likely you will have many disasters and failures before you achieve success.” Does this statement still reflect your feelings about writing? Could you share a few details about your development as a novelist between the two books?Writing a second novel was very different. Writers I’ve spoken to often tell me that books are like children: No two are the same. That was certainly the case with Shadow of Night. I really struggled with the beginning and the most effective way to arrange the plot, much more so than with Discovery of Witches. Even in the last month of writing, I was making major changes in the sequence of events.Q. You added notes at the end of the book that some of the characters (major and minor) are historical figures. Can you say something about the interplay between real people and fictional characters in the novel?Back when I started A Discovery of Witches and was first imagining this story about an ancient vampire scientist and a reluctant witch, I thought, “Wouldn’t it be fun if my vampire was someone who really lived, someone mysterious who knew interesting people but remained in the shadows?” I knew of just such a person in Elizabethan England, the poet–spy Matthew Roydon. From that moment on—and this was in 2008, so it was some time ago—Matthew Roydon’s life story determined a great deal about Matthew Clairmont’s intellectual habits and his taste in friends. A historical figure like Matthew Roydon is a novelist’s dream, because what little we know about him is so fascinating and leaves so much room for creative invention. I like to think that the historical characters add the same air of verisimilitude to this book set in 1590 as going to yoga and entertaining trick–or–treaters did to A Discovery of Witches. As for the minor characters, I drew them from interesting individuals I’d come across in my research. They are usually people about whom I wanted to know more, but there is, alas, no further evidence about them.Q. In this novel, Diana learns to use her magic and Matthew comes face–to–face with his past. How does this empower and change them?Facing who you are is the most empowering thing a person can do, so it isn’t surprising that their experiences in 1590 change Matthew and Diana enormously. And long–lasting relationships are built on honesty and acceptance, so this changes not only Diana and Matthew individually, but also who they are as a couple.Q. Two of our characters are Hancock and Gallowglass. How did they arrive on the scene?One of the most exciting aspects of writing fiction is I never quite know what’s going to happen next. In A Discovery of Witches, Matthew was suddenly driving around in a car and when he stopped, Hamish was there to greet him. I had no plans for Matthew to have a best friend, but now I can’t imagine life without Hamish. It was the same thing with Gallowglass and Hancock—although slightly more dramatic as befits their characters! I was settling in to a cozy evening in front of a fire at the Old Lodge when a storm blew in, carrying Gallowglass and Hancock with it. Once they were there, I fell in love with their banter and the way they are constantly puncturing Matthew’s confidence.Q. In your personal reading, do you gravitate toward supernatural and/or historical fiction? How have your own reading tastes shaped this novel?I don’t read much fiction, to be honest, and with the exception of the Harry Potter series I haven’t read supernatural fiction since I was a student and read Anne Rice. As for historical fiction, I like historical mysteries set in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries but don’t read much else. I find it hard to relax when reading works set in the periods of history I know best.Q. If you had to pick one book (besides your own) to be a companion piece to Shadow of Night, what would it be?That’s a great question. I think it would have to be Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus or a book about Marlowe, like Charles Nicholl’s The Reckoning, which brilliantly conveys how tricky it was to lead a double (or triple) life in Elizabethan England. Of course, a Shakespeare play like Loves Labours Lost or The Tempest would also be an excellent choice.Q. Any hints about what will happen next to Diana and Matthew?Diana and Matthew will face an interesting problem in the next book: They have been dropped into a world where time has passed and people have lived their lives as best they could, and they will be expected to step back into a whirl of action and reaction. I would expect some reunions and some farewells, some fascinating new characters as well as old friends and, of course, finally learning what it was that the witches discovered.. . . .DISCUSSION QUESTIONSHarkness opens Shadow of Night with a quote by Queen Elizabeth I. How is the quote significant to the book?The Elizabethan era is made vivid in the novel through the everyday details that Diana must contend with. What did you find most surprising, funny, or intriguing about life in the sixteenth century?When Diana arrives in 1590, she is thrilled to experience firsthand a world that she had studied as a historian. If you could go back in time, what era would you visit? What would you do while there?There is no question that Matthew is a compelling character, but is he a traditional romantic hero? Compare him with some of your favorite leading men in literature.Who were the School of Night? What is the meaning behind the title Shadow of Night?In Shadow of Night Harkness cheekily refers to Shakespeare’s plays without naming them. Can you recognize which work she’s referring to?What does Diana learn about the materials used to make Ashmole 782?If Shadow of Night was a film, which celebrities would you cast in the starring roles?Did you read A Discovery of Witches? If so, in what ways has Diana changed since the last novel? If not, how did your own opinion about Diana change through the course of the book?A Discovery of Witches ended with a cliffhanger. At the end of Shadow of Night, what do you think lies ahead?

Editorial Reviews

“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 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“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