Genres: Romance, Paranormal, Historical
Published by Viking Adult on July 10, 2012
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Also by this author: A Discovery of Witches , The Book of Life, Time's Convert, Time's Convert
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.
We are back with the second book in the All Souls trilogy! Check out what Barb thought on her blog!
Here is what I thought
I am going to put a big ole SPOILER ALERT here for those who have not read Discovery of Witches because I am not sure how to talk about this one without giving away what happens at the end of DoW. So this is your chance to change courses and not read any further unless it doesn’t bother you to know what happened in the somewhat cliffhanger ending of the first book!
Okay so Shadow of Night takes up pretty much right after what happens in Discovery of Witches. So we are not in Elizabethan England 1591 to be exact. Diana and Matthew try to explain away things but you can’t get much by other vampires, daemons and witches so most of his close friends know that they are from the future. Matthew looks different (no beard) and no matter how hard she tries Diana doesn’t sound like she is from that time period.
They are there to find a witch to teach Diana how to control her powers and to see if they can find Ashmole 782 before it had the first three pages ripped out. Things don’t go as planned though because we soon learn there is a lot more to Matthew than Diana knew. Now Hamish told her he wouldn’t be the Matthew she knew but she didn’t realize exactly what he was talking about. She finds out that he is a fairly famous person who host the School of Night a unusual bunch such as Christopher Marlowe, Sir Walter Raleigh, Henry Perry, etc. Of course, the historian in Diana is pretty enamoured at first but things change throughout the book as one of these I mentioned is not to fond of her.
Matthew thought it would be an easy in and out and they would only be gone a week but they soon find out it’s not going to be that easy to find someone to teach Diana, especially one that won’t be suspicious of her. Soon they have to leave one place and head to Sept Tour where his father has demanded his presence because the Matthew from there disappeared and Gallowglass and Hannock thought him dead. Time doesn’t allow two of the same person to run around apparently which is good…lol. This is going to be emotional for Matthew because in present day his father is dead. I was not a fan at first of Philippe but he grew on me after awhile when you find out he is not such a horrid person after all. Soon things happen there that has them fleeing to Blackbriar near London but by the time they head for there Diana is starting to act more like a lady from that time and not as suspicious to everyone, well most everyone.
While there she does soon find a witch to help but also a few enemies. We find out that Diana is a special kind of witch and Goody Alsop is willing to work with her. They get word of where Ashmole 782 is and embark on another journey taking them to Prague where some fun things happen.
They end up staying in time way longer than they should have as they fall into a routine, but this can cause some riffs in present day and we get to see some of that at the end of each section as the book is split into cities that they travel too.
This book is steeped in a lot of historical things which even though I enjoyed I thought bogged down the story a little bit, but I did find it very interesting being in 1591 and finding out some of Matthews secrets. I loved all the new characters that we got to meet as they adventure from one place to another. By the time they had to leave it was very hard to say goodbye to those they met and especially for Matthew to say goodbye to his good friend from another era.
You would think with all the introductions to so many different characters that it would be hard to keep track but I didn’t find it difficult at all. I enjoyed meeting some of these characters and will miss them in the next book! Those like Mary who became a alchemist friend of Diana, Goody Alsop and the other witches, Franciose, Pierre and of course Philippe.
I am so very curious to know more about the Book of Life and why it’s so important as it only really hits on it a little in this book. I mean it’s a very creepy book because of what it’s made up of and some of the content in it but I am still not extremely sure why it’s so important that the witches don’t want the vampires to have it.
There was so much stuff that went on in this book that I am amazed it was only 576 pages and not longer, so the author was very good at cramming things in but not making it feel crammed. I am very curious to see how this trilogy ends and can’t wait to buddy read Book of Life in August!