Monday, July 14, 2014

(62)Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

Shadow of Night

Pages: 592

Publisher: Penguin Group
Publication Date: July 10, 2012


Shadow of Night picks up exactly where The Discovery of Witches left off, with Matthew and Diana time walking to 1591.  As a historian, Diana is thrilled to be living and breathing in the Elizabethan era, but traveling there with Matthew is a bit overwhelming.  In December of 1591 Diana gets to meet Matthew's family again for the first time and his father for the first time.  Philip finds himself quite taken with Diana and in a quick period of time not only gives his consent for them to marry, but gives her a blood vow that will make it known to all creatures that Diana is a de Clairmont.   Over the next few months Diana and Matthew travel all over Europe encountering the historical figures that Diana has studied for so long and never thought she would ever get to meet.  She even encountered her own father, a dream come true for Diana who lost him so long ago.   But there is one tiny important detail that must be addressed.  Even though Diana got them to 1591 she has no idea how to get them home.  And will the fact that she just found out she is pregnant keep them in 1591 forever?

Shadow of Night was just as fast paced and exciting as Discovery of Witches.  The author did such an amazing job with the historical details that it was easy to find myself transported to 1591 Europe.  From the intricate details of the wardrobe to the architecture it was just so easy to read.  Even some historical figures were depicted, like Shakespeare and Sir Walter Raleigh. It was definitely fun to read.   I also liked how the bond between Matthew and Diana strengthened in this book.  They fell in love in the first book, but in the second book they became husband and wife and their love deepened in a way that was tender and sweet.  I also liked the relationship between Diana and Matthew's father, here he is a man that is feared and respected my centuries of men and Diana was quick to win him over.  It didn't take long for her strength and determination to win him over and once she did it was for all of eternity.  So sweet.

Bottom line, I admittedly was in a hurry to get Shadow of Night read before The Book of Life came out and I am glad I did.  I forgot how much I enjoyed Matthew, Diana, and the cast of characters in the first book.  At 592 pages, Shadow of Night is a big book to tackle, but it is so worth the read!

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