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Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy #2)

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"Together we lifted our feet and stepped into the unknown"�the thrilling sequel to the New York Times bestseller A Discovery of Witches

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

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Published July 10th 2012 by Penguin Audio
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K. Cortese Ms. Harkness actually comments on the difficulty of understanding Elizabethan English through Diana whose voice we are reading. No, I can assure you…moreMs. Harkness actually comments on the difficulty of understanding Elizabethan English through Diana whose voice we are reading. No, I can assure you that the majority of "us" cannot handle it and would toss the book aside rather than attempt to plow through it. I've ready Chaucer ONCE because I simply did not want to "handle it". So, no, not bothered at all. In fact, I thought it was rather clever of her to note the character's difficulty with Elizabethan English and how long it took the character to be able to converse and be understood.(less)
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Kristina
Jul 15, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: masochists
Recommended to Kristina by: no one. I was dumb enough to tell myself to read it.

Request to Readers of This Review who LOVED the book

Please stop NOW & do not read this review. Based on the ridiculous & repetitive comments left by lovers of this trilogy, many of you cannot handle opinions that do not conform to your own & feel the need to call me stupid, tell me I have no right to read this book, & other nonsense. If you feel that way, FINE. Just stop telling me! I don't care! I don't troll lovers of this trilogy & tell them they are morons for liking th
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Cindy
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read some of the comments and "reviews" on here for the book and I just have to start out by saying that with the advent of blogs, review pages, etc, there have been many folks who believe that they would make excellent book reviewers. I have to say the long commentary on here of them moaning and groaning and being annoyed by an author makes me want to go stick a pencil in my eye.

That being said apparently many people believe that the cosummation section of the book should have been in deta
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Sanette
"You gave your life to me Diana Bishop. It's time to make use of it."

This is a hard review to write. How do I sum up all the intense emotions and thoughts that this book conjured in me? So please forgive me if this review is not worthy of the book for this was truly an incredible story and like the first book, one I will have to read again and again.

The book starts off exactly where A Discovery of Witches ended, Matthew and Diana have traveled back to Oxford 1591 in search of a witch powerful
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Merrie
Jun 28, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Bonnie
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Shadow of Night picks up immediately after A Discovery of Witches ends (and I do mean immediately with little to no refresher. This was my second attempt at reading and I attribute my success at completing it solely because of this recap I found online which was an immense help.) with Matthew and Diana traveling back into the past to search for Ashmole 782 and to seek Diana help with her powers. For those that don’t remember: Ashmole 782: the bewitched alchemical manusc
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Frances
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Natalie
Aug 21, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Cannot believe this book has 4 stars??? Have you read the same book I just suffered through?? (actually listened to as a 24 hour long audiobook!! should have been my first warning) I don't even want to read the 3rd book I'm so turned off by this LONG, confusing sequel. I can't imagine how she will be able to close the MANY loose ends she has floating out there. And by the way, did anyone else follow that crazy weaver business? Two more of many pet peeves about this was the lame jack be nimble, j ...more
Erica
I received an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley, thanks to the helpful comments from friends here on GoodReads. Following is my review of the book.

This story begins at the same point where A Discovery of Witches left off, with Diana & Matthew landing safely in Elizabethan England. Diana is enthralled with the idea of “living” the historical events she has spent her life studying, and is a bit nonplussed by the fact that even with all her knowledge of the times and people, she is w
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Samantha
As soon as I finished A Discovery of Witches, I immediately went online to find out when I should expect the sequel. It was a long wait, but completely worth it. Harkness' view of Elizabethan London and Europe is just awesome, and the trip to Prague was an added bonus that I had not expected. Not only did the plot line get more compelling, but Harkness was also able to weave in the difficulties of the newly wed. I savored every minute of this novel, and I can hardly wait to get it on audio.

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Kyla
I wish I could give this book more than 3 stars. To be honest it's receiving three only because I it piqued my interest just enough to finish it.

I was so excited to read the second installment to Diana and Matthew's journey after reading The Discovery of Witches a couple of years ago and absolutely adoring the first book!

This book, I found, was too long with too many unnecessary characters. Yes I became aware after reading the book that there is a glossary in the back of the book....but on a Ki
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My life has been a series of left turns that nevertheless took me in the right direction (though it didn't always seem so at the time). I went to college to be a theater major and ended up studying the Renaissance. I went to grad school to become a college administrator and loved to teach so much I became a college professor instead. I thought I wanted to be a Tudor-Stuart historian, and found mys ...more
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Other Books in the Series

All Souls Trilogy (4 books)
  • A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)
  • The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy, #3)
  • The Serpent's Mirror
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With knot of two, the spell be true.
With knot of three, the spell is free.
With knot of four, the power is stored.
With knot of five, the spell with thrive.
With knot of six, this spell I fix.”
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