Review: Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

Publisher: Viking Adult (July 10, 2012)
Kindle:  592 pages / 1216 KB
Source: Netgalley
Rating: of 5 stars

Shortly after Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont timewalk to London, 1590, they discover that the past may not provide a safe haven after all. Reclaiming his former identity as poet and spy Matthew Roydon, the vampire falls back in step with a group of radicals known as the School of Night who share dangerous ideas about God, science, and man. Many of his friends are unruly daemonsn – the creative minds of the age who walk the fine line between genius and madness – including playwright Christopher Marlowe and mathematician Thomas Harriot. Matthew, himself, is expected to continue to spy for Queen Elizabeth, which puts him in close contact with London’s cutthroat underworld.

Together, Matthew and Diana scour the bookstalls and alchemical laboratories of London where they follow the elusive trail of Ashmole 782 – and search for the witch who will teach Diana to control her powers.


Wow. If I thought the first book was good, the second was better. If you liked Matthew and Diana in the first book, you’ll fall even more in love with them now. Their characters develop as the relationship furthers and Diana’s magical understanding expands.

The idea of going back to Elizabethan England was marvelously played out and the characters well-rounded. Generally I’m a contemporary girl, no foreign fantasy lands or historical fictions for me! But this is definitely an exception to the rule. Harkness shows off her knowledge in weaving this irresistible world.

There are brief switches between the past and the present where the family is procuring these newly discovered artifacts, that link them to Matthew and Diana in the past. The little snippets of present day is short but sweet, a great addition to the book.

This trilogy is fantastic for anyone who enjoys a good fantasy. The review of the first book is to come, a guest post by a dear friend. Look forward to it, as well as a possible post on the book signing/ event I’ll be going to later on next week.


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