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Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
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Jul 10, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: adult, historical-fiction, paranormal, 2012-reads

Following in the footsteps of A Discovery of Witches, Deborah Harkness has combined her studies of Elizabethan England, magic and alchemy into a spellbinding tale of the witch Diana and vampire Matthew.

In search of answers to unlocking Diana's magic and finding out "why" creatures exist, Diana and Matthew travel back to Elizabethan England. There, they hope to find someone to teach Diana to use her magic and also find an intact copy of the manuscript known as Ashmole 782. When they arrive, they find their tasks not as easy as they had first thought, especially considering the tangled webs of Matthew's life in Elizabethan England.

Using her scholarly knowledge of the historical time period, Deborah Harkness weaves Diana and Matthew's tale seamlessly into the Elizabethan Era and introduces us to a blend of historical figures and fictional characters. She manages to bring the era to life with rich detail, without bogging the story down too much with details. An enthralling read for those looking for adult paranormal fiction with a historical twist. Highly recommend.
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