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Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
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The core of SHADOW OF NIGHT was exciting and the story DHarkness is telling is truly wonderful. Matthew and Diana's forbidden romance provides all the dramatic trappings one expects from a typical PNR and all the opposing forces and insistent nay saying is enough for me to root for them. The historical background was accurate and even the liberties she took with Queen Elizabeth, Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare were plausible once you remove the supernatural aspects. I love how authentic her details are, like people's hygiene at that time down to the proper grip and handling of a quill for a more efficient way to write. She laid it like it is and probably romanticized some things to blunt the edges of how polluted and dangerous London was during this time.
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07/01/2012 "Hope this is better than the first one. Reading along with @LilyElement"
10.0% "DH sure likes to "hear" herself talk. Too many words to describe D's struggle w/ penmanship, took 3 pages to do so."
17.0% "Does Rima, a glorified bookkeeper, really need her own chapter, debating w/herself regarding a book that's obviously Diana's? I want to throttle Marlowe" 1 comment
55.0% "so looonnggg..." 1 comment
70.0% "Oh lord please let me finish this today..." 1 comment
82.0% "it's finally starting to get interesting" 1 comment

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