Shadow of Night
I have never been a fan of fantasy / sci fi / paranormal books…..or even trilogies, but, over the last week I’ve read the first two books in the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harknesss – A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night (that’s over 1,000 pages of reading for those playing at home) and I just might be converted.
At first I was a little intimidated by the size of both books but once I started I couldn’t put them down. I’m talking before work, at lunchtimes, at home, all weekend, while I’m waiting for dinner to cook, right before bed etc – much to the frustration of my family!
Time walking back to Elizabethan England (my favourite time period….bonus) Diana is out to find a tutor witch to teach her how to use her magic and to help find Ashmole 782 the mysterious text that depicts how and why demons, witches and vampires exist. Shadow of Night picks up right where A Discovery of Witches leaves off (this posts focuses on Shadow of Night here as it’s a new release for July).
** Spoiler Alert: the following may contain spoilers for those who haven’t read A Discovery of Witches **
Things are not as easy as they first thought (otherwise the book would have been only 400 pages long) – they must live the authentic lifestyle of the time and think fast on their feet as they are sent back to Matthews past.
There Diana discovers Matthew is not only a vampire but the Queens spy, and that some of his famous friends (like playwright Christopher Marlowe and mathematician Thomas Harriot) are also more than they seem.
The sexual tension between Diana and Matthew grows and crackles and finally they consummate their marriage – who knew vampires and witches would fall in love and get married? I thought that was against the rules…..oh wait that’s part of the reason why they were on the run back to the past! They discover that running away from your present problems only magnifies back in the old witch burning days (dah).
I’m not going to give away the ending but I cannot wait for book 3……and the movie!