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Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
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Aug 21, 2012

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When Diana and Matthew journey from the present into sixteenth-century England, they realize that their goals of finding the Ashmole 782 and obtaining a teacher for Diana won't be as easy as they initially thought. Soon, they are embroiled with the intrigue and politics of Elizabethan England, and as they begin affecting the past in ways they never imagined, they must use their wits in order to return to the present unscathed. Harkness's second book in her All Souls Trilogy transcends many genres; not only does it have the fantasy/paranormal elements of witches, vampires, and daemons, but it can also be classified as historical fiction as well as romance. Unfortunately, the first half of the book reads slowly due to all the extraordinary details about the era. Harkness's concept of time travel was also confusing and there are some plot holes that are caused by mixing time travel with vampires. Nonetheless, "Shadow of Night" is a fine follow up to "Discovery of Witches", especially with the danger and action that is hinted at the end about what is to come in the final book.

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