Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

07 May
English: Christopher Marlowe's memorial IN the...

English: Christopher Marlowe’s memorial IN the Churchyard at St Nicholas, Deptford (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



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…

Sandy’s Review:

After I read Discovery of Witches I could not wait to read what happened to Diana and Matthew after they picked up their feet and put them down.  Once they landed on the floor of Matthews home in 1590 I was excited to read who they were going to run into.  I loved the way Deborah Harkness brought Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Harriot, Sir Walter Raleigh, and Queen Elizabeth I to life.  When you read history through her imagination it is funny to think of these historical figures as daemons, witches, vampires, or just humans who are privy to it all.

During this whole ordeal with going back in time Matthew is transformed into the person he was in the 1500’s but with the knowledge of the future.  This frustrated him at times because he tries to undo injustice in the past but time has a way of repeating itself anyway.  I loved the whole idea of going back so that Diana could learn her skills as a witch and for them to acquire the manuscript they need, however after awhile it seemed fruitless.  Once they went to Prague I was done and just wanted them to leave and go home (their time). Deborah Harkness is very descriptive about everything so this is a long read and it will be worth it to find out the conclusion of this couple in the 3rd book.

Buy here:Shadow of Night: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy)


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2 responses to “Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

  1. Sheila

    May 15, 2013 at 2:13 am

    I adore this series. I agree that it is long, but Harkness is a consummate professor and her readers are expected to learn the lessons of geography, history, mythology and folklore that she has to teach. You can read the book on its surface as a wonderful romance or delve into the rich historical context (who was Rudolph? Dee? Hubbard? Kelley? Loew???). I am eagerly awaiting the third installment.

    In the meantime, I am entertaining thoughts on the movie deal! A script has been written and producers named by WRner Brothers. I sincerely hope that RichRd Armitage is cast as Matthew Clairmont. You can see the crusade here: or

    • sandy12176

      May 15, 2013 at 2:17 am

      I knew about the movie but was unaware of the cast hopefuls. Richard Armitage would be perfect to play Matthew, you have my vote. 🙂


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