Title: Shadow of Night
Author: Deborah Harkness
Series: All Souls Trilogy
Previous Book(s) Review(s):
1. A Discovery of Witches
Original Date Started: March 16, 2013
Original Date Finished: March 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover from my own shelf
As a rule, I don’t like time-traveling books. It’s nothing personal against authors or anything like that, but I just don’t like them. It’s hard to get my brain wrapped around the idea that these people who are traveling back in time make changes to the time line that have dire consequences, and most of the time when the time traveling takes place, you’re most of the way through the book so all these events that these characters change have already happened. It just doesn’t compute with my brain. That being said, I was really surprised with how much I liked Shadow of Night considering it’s very time travel heavy.
When we last left Diana and Matthew at the end of A Discovery of Witches, they were traveling to the past to find Ashmole 792 and a witch that could help her with her wayward magic. At the beginning of book 2, they have successfully traveled back in time. Now the couple has to transition to the time they have traveled to, and get used to certain people being alive – Matthew’s father Philippe. While on this journey, Diana and Matthew are finally officially married and the wedding night is definitely worth the wait. Their adventures are comical and serious and…well, like I said I’m surprised I loved this book so much.
You’re introduced to the character of Gallowglass, Matthew’s nephew, and out of the ‘school of night’ he’s my favorite. He’s protective of Diana, while at the same time he’s comical. Philippe was also interesting. He’s not too trusting of Diana at first, kind of like Ysabeu, but when he finally accepts her as his daughter their relationship really flourishes. I really hated the character of Christopher Marlowe aka Kit. He is so possessive of Matthew that he is willing to damage his relationship with the vampire just to get rid of Diana. And while we’re on the subject, what was Diana thinking going off with Kit when she knows how he feels about her? That wasn’t too smart of her.
Final Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. Although time travel heavy, this book does something that most don’t do and shows the consequences of Diana and Matthew’s journey through time. Another thing I liked was that near the end of the ‘parts’ the final chapter dealt with their family in the future and how they were coping. Not sure I understand why Emily was killed, but I guess we’ll find out in the final book.
Bookshelf worthy? Happily own this book, although I might have to purchase another copy since the one I purchased is kind of falling apart.