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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

Shadow of Night

Updated: Jul 12, 2021

Rating - ⭐⭐1/2

"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."


Shadow of Night is the second book in the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness.

I rated the first book four stars, so you can tell that something clearly went wrong with this one as my enjoyment level of this plummeted. I did not have the best of times reading this.

This fell so flat for me and was profoundly disappointing. Instead of the plot helping to distract me from how much I disliked Diana and Matthew, there was barely any plot to begin with. Well, that's a exaggeration, there was a plot but it was so far off the beaten path that there practically wasn't one in my eyes. I liked the first book because of the addition of the Ashmole manuscript, and I thought that would be the main priority of Diana and Matthew as they journey to the past. So when it was barely mentioned at all in this book, I was confused to save the least. This felt more like a family drama this focused heavily on Matthew's family.

The only thing good about this was the small cameos of historical figures. I think I squealed internally when John Dee showed up.

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