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Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
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Sep 22, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: better-borrowed, owned
Recommended for: People who have trouble sleeping

Bo-ring. That's it. Boring. The first book was so charming and interesting, but this one was tedious and saccharine. Beside being a venue for the author to wow us with her historical research, the characters which had been so endearing in the first book were ridiculous and irritating in this one. Every utterance between Diana and Mr. Brooding Vampire was so revoltingly Hallmark card it was almost unbearable. Their relationship is not romantic, every interaction could have been followed up with a chuck under the chin and an "oh, you" it was so inane. Also, Diana has nearly no personality in this one beside the fact that everyone around her constantly applauds her heart of gold, stiff backbone and super smarts, as well as her extraordinary beauty and magic- but she never demonstrates any of that! The plot was barely there and overly dramatic, the number of characters introduced was staggering and many of them were pointless. Basically it was an unentertaining, dry and historical soap opera. Borrow it from the library if you must, but please don't pay for hardcover.

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