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Source: eARC via NetGalley/Own
Published: July 2012
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 reluctant witch, and the handsome geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont; together they found themselves at the center of a supernatural battle over an enchanted manuscript known as Ashmole 782.
Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches’ cliffhanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana and Matthew into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens." (Source: Goodreads)
*many thanks to Viking Adult and NetGalley for allowing me early access to this book!*
Quick Review...for when I don't have a lot to say...
It's not that I couldn't go on for ages about how much I loved this book, it's just that I don't think anyone wants me to go on for ages about how much I loved this book. :)
I love that Diana is totally coming into her own and taking control of her powers. I love that she's seeking solutions instead of letting Matthew have his way all the time. I love that she's a strong woman with a heart of gold.
I love that Matthew is exploring his deepest fears and trying to come to terms with them. I love that he's trying to allow Diana her freedom to become who she's meant to be. I love that he's still totally the hottest vampire EVER.
I really enjoyed the medieval setting and the different places we got to visit. I loved meeting more of Matthew's family and seeing what makes the de Claremont clan really tick.
Mostly, I just love this book to infinity.
5 Eiffel Towers
Sexuality: (I don't know quite how to rate this, because there were sexytimes, but I didn't feel like they were inappropriate. I didn't find them excessive or offensive. So just know that there are sexytimes.)