Shadow of night

Deborah E. Harkness, 1965-

Book - 2012

In Elizabethan London, Oxford scholar and reluctant witch Diana Bishop seeks a magical tutor, while vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont confronts elements from his past at the same time the mystery of the enchanted manuscript Ashmole 782 deepens.

Saved in:

1st Floor Show me where

SCIENCE FICTION/Harkness, Deborah
4 / 4 copies available
Location Call Number   Status
1st Floor SCIENCE FICTION/Harkness, Deborah Checked In
1st Floor SCIENCE FICTION/Harkness, Deborah Checked In
1st Floor SCIENCE FICTION/Harkness, Deborah Checked In
1st Floor SCIENCE FICTION/Harkness Deborah Checked In
Series
All souls trilogy ; bk. 2
Subjects
Genres
Fantasy fiction
Published
New York : Viking 2012.
Language
English
Physical Description
584 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN
9780670023486
9780143123620
0670023485
Main Author
Deborah E. Harkness, 1965- (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Harkness' latest may be bit slow, but epic fantasy readers won't be deterred, and the author's fans will be thrilled to get the second installment of the All Souls Trilogy, which picks up right after the cliff-hanger ending of A Discovery of Witches (2011). Diana and Matthew journey back to 1590 England, intent on finding Diana a magic teacher and locating the enchanted manuscript, Ashmole 782. But, in an era of witch hunts, it's no easy trick to find a witch willing to teach the wife of a famously antiwitch vampire. Both teacher and pupil may well risk their lives in the process, especially after King James starts persecuting witches in Scotland. Still, there is a good side to visiting an era in which Matthew's father, Phillipe, is still alive; in which witches know about weavers like Diana; and in which alchemy is an accepted research area. Those who enjoy a well-developed world, lots of historical detail, and plenty of character development will find much to like here. Make sure to point Harkness out to Diana Gabaldon fans looking for a new historical fantasy epic. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: A Discovery of Witches debuted at number two on the New York Times bestseller list and is being adapted into a movie by David Auburn. Buzz suggests that Warner Brothers sees the trilogy as the filling the gap left by Harry Potter. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

A Discovery of Witches, Harkness's phenomenal debut novel, was hatched when she asked herself what a vampire hanging about for all those centuries would do as a job. Vampire Matthew Clairmont is a geneticist who's joined forces (in more ways than one) with scholar and witch-in-rebellion Diana Bishop. Here, to quell a battle of supernatural forces stemming from an enchanted manuscript that seems to have vanished, they've time-traveled back to Elizabethan London. Diana gets tutored in magic, Matthew confronts his past, and the School of Night (you know, Christopher Marlowe, Walter Raleigh…) makes an appearance. With a 14-city tour; grab. [Page 46]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

In the wake of Harkness's best-selling debut, A Discovery of Witches, fans have been impatiently waiting to discover where Matthew, the vampire geneticist, and Diana, the witch historian, landed when they "stepped into the unknown" at that novel's cliff-hanging close. Now in Elizabethan England, they are hunting an enchanted alchemical manuscript. At the same time, Diana must continue her magic education and Matthew reunites with friends, including Christopher Marlowe and Sir Walter Raleigh. New readers should start with the first book, as the sequel seamlessly continues the adventures of the scholarly pair and because of the author's detailed world building and complex story line. The characterizations of 16th-century Oxfordshire with a paranormal twist (Marlowe is a gay daemon, for example) add a historical richness to the epic, while the plot sets readers up for the culminating struggle anticipated in the trilogy's final book. VERDICT Destined to be as popular as its predecessor, this is a must-buy. [See Prepub Alert, 1/8/12.]—Crystal Renfro, Georgia Inst. of Technology Lib., Atlanta [Page 71]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Picking up where last summer's best-selling A Discovery of Witches left off, geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont and Oxford scholar and witch Diana Bishop travel back in time to Elizabethan England to hunt for the enchanted Ashmole 782 manuscript and to seek magic lessons for Diana. VERDICT Readers who enjoyed the first book's striking detail and complex world-building will be equally as thrilled with this second book in the trilogy, as Harkness, a scholar herself (history, Univ. of Southern California), focuses her lens on the denizens, culture, and geography of late 16th-century Europe. [Page 98]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Picking up where last summer's best-selling A Discovery of Witches left off, geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont and Oxford scholar and witch Diana Bishop travel back in time to Elizabethan England to hunt for the enchanted Ashmole 782 manuscript and to seek magic lessons for Diana. VERDICT Readers who enjoyed the first book's striking detail and complex world-building will be equally as thrilled with this second book in the trilogy, as Harkness, a scholar herself (history, Univ. of Southern California), focuses her lens on the denizens, culture, and geography of late 16th-century Europe. — "Summertime, and the Reading Is Easy" LJ Reviews 6/7/12 (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Propelled by her successful fiction debut, A Discovery of Witches, historian Harkness concocts an energetic if chaotic sequel filled with witches, daemons, vampires, wearhs, weavers, and warm-bloods (aka humans) racing to retrieve a lost manuscript that details the origins of supernatural species, which, in the wrong hands, could hasten their extinction. The first novel culminated in the mixed marriage of vampire/scientist Matthew de Clermont to historian/untrained witch Diana Bishop. This novel opens with the newlyweds time-traveling to Elizabethan England so Diana can study witchcraft; never mind they're burning witches in Scotland or that in London an educated American woman doesn't exactly blend in. There, they hope to retrieve magical manuscript Ashmole 782, last seen in Oxford's 21st-century Bodleian library. Diana gets in touch with her inner firedrake, Matthew with his father, but they can't find a tutor for ages, and they can't rescue the manuscript without a trip to Prague. Supporting Diana and Matthew in their quest is a secret society that includes dashing Walter Raleigh and dangerous daemon Christopher Marlowe. Harkness delights in lining up the living dead and modern academic history, as in her explanation of how a forger named Shakespeare, with supernatural prompting, takes up playwriting. This tale of a feminist Yankee in Queen Elizabeth's court charms amid the tumult, as the gifted heroine and her groom fight for generations and another sequel to come in order to protect the magical world that's all around us. Agent: Sam Stoloff. (July 10) [Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

In Elizabethan London, Oxford scholar and reluctant witch Diana Bishop seeks a magical tutor, while vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont confronts elements from his past at the same time the mystery of the enchanted manuscript Ashmole 782 deepens.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A follow-up to the best-selling A Discovery of Witches finds Oxford scholar and reluctant witch Dina and vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont in Elizabethan London, where Dina seeks a magical tutor and Matthew confronts elements from his past at the same time the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. 500,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The #1 New York Times-bestselling sequel to A Discovery of Witches, book two of the All Souls Series. Look for the hit TV series “A Discovery of Witches,” streaming on AMC Plus, Sundance Now and Shudder. Season 2 premieres January 9, 2021! Picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliffhanger ending, Shadow of Night takes reluctant witch Diana Bishop and vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont 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--the lost and enchanted manuscript whose mystery first pulled Diana and Matthew into one another's orbit--deepens and Diana seeks out a witch to tutor her in magic, the net of Matthew's past tightens around them. Together they find they must embark on a very different - and vastly more dangerous - journey."A captivating and romantic ripping yarn,"** Shadow of Night confirms Deborah Harkness as a master storyteller, able to cast an "addictive tale of magic, mayhem and two lovers."***E.L. James  

Review by Publisher Summary 4

The #1 New York Times–bestselling sequel to A Discovery of Witches, book two of the All Souls Trilogy—“as enchanting, engrossing, and impossible to put down as its predecessor” (Miami Herald). Look for the hit TV series “A Discovery of Witches” airing Sundays on AMC and BBC America, and streaming on Sundance Now and Shudder.Deborah Harkness exploded onto the literary scene with her debut novel, A Discovery of Witches, Book One of the magical All Souls Trilogy and an international publishing phenomenon. The novel introduced Diana Bishop, Oxford scholar and reluctant witch, and the handsome geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont; together they found themselves at the center of a supernatural battle over an enchanted manuscript known as Ashmole 782.Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches’ cliffhanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana and Matthew into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens.Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries, delivering one of the most hotly anticipated novels of the season.