Sunday, 21 October 2012

Becky Bookworm Book Review: Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

Sorry it's been so long since I last posted a book review but not only was I reading an epicly long ebook on my Kindle (review will be up soon) but I was also reading this enchanting monster of a book 'Shadow of Night' by Deborah Harkness, the second in her All Souls Trilogy which is just the magic-thriller without-a-love-triangle-in-sight story that all us adults have been waiting for! It kicks Twilight's ass any day! Anyhow, it is a hefty text but every minute was worth it. So here is my review:

Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy #2)Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


If you thought Discovery of Witches would blow your mind - you quite literally haven't experienced any of the powerful magic of treats and tricks that Deborah Harkness has up her sleeve. She recreates Elizabethan London and Europe with godly detail that immerses not only of course Diana and Matthew but also the reader. You meet so many influential and powerful people - including of course the Bard himself, William Shakespeare, although the reader doesn't encounter him via the main characteras as you expect. And of course like many of Shakespeare's plays there is secrets galore, hidden agendas, lethal plots and power struggles both amongst these magical beings of witch, vampire and daemon but also within the human realms themselves. So it makes a real long struggle for Diana and Matthew not only to learn how to tame her wildly developed powers (scenes of which do take your breath away) but also get close to the fated book Ashmole 782.
Any reader who enjoyed Discovery of Witches MUST read this book as it reveals so many answers to the previous as well as open up a whole lot more that just have to be answered, but for that we must all wait with baited breath and a thudding heart for the next and final book in the All Souls Trilogy. I do believe that although Hilary Mantel may have won awards for her historical fiction set in Henry VIII's England, I think Deborah Harkness herself could win awards for her envigorating eye-opener intil Elizabethan England with a nice big dollop of magic, witchcraft and handsomely dark figures who stalk the night.



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