Shadow of Night
by Deborah Harkness
Shadow of Night is the second book in Harkness’ All Souls trilogy, following up after A Discovery of Witches. Like A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night does not disappoint! Again, Harkness wields her skill as a master writer and storyteller in this historical fiction novel.
Set in Elizabethan England, we follow Diana and Michael on an epic historical adventure chasing after the famous Ashmole 782 and to find a teacher for Diana. Harkness is a master storyteller and weaves a potent and enjoyable story, yes, but what shines the most about the second book in this series is Harkness’ expertise as a historian. Harkness knows the history of Elizabethan England and Europe, and weaves a rich tapestry of a story surrounding authentic facts and places for the time. In telling the story of Diana and Michael, she also paints a vivid picture of what life was like during the 1600s of Europe.
Thrust from England to the Holy Roman Empire, Diana and Michael must fight to hide their devotion and love from others of their kind, just as they did in the present. But to add to the danger, the two must also hide who they are during a time of witch burning and heresy trials. Diana and Michael tangle with the key rulers of the time period, both Elizabeth I and the Holy Roman Emperor, and must struggle to stay on top of their quest while flying enough under the radar to thwart attempts on their lives.
In Shadow of Night readers will rediscover the masterful storytelling powers of Harkness, enjoying the adventures of Diana and Michael, weaving through the story discovering more of Ashmole 782’s secrets, and Diana’s, too, but the story remains unfinished. Readers will sit poised on the edge of their seat waiting for the final book in the trilogy.