Shadow of Night is the second book in the “All Souls Trilogy” by Deborah Harkness. The first title A Discovery of Witches was awesome! It was fast paced, thrilling plot and an excellent blending of historical fiction and fantasy!
Because of this I was really looking forward to book 2, Shadow of Night and was ultimately disappointed. After struggling to read it for a year, I have finally finished it and am sad to say I only gave it 2 stars out of 5.
In Shadow of Night, Diana and Matthew have traveled back in time to try and locate the elusive Ashmole 782 manuscript (a.k.a. The Book of Life) and are reconnected with notable historical figures including Queen Elizabeth, William Shakespeare and many others! Unfortunately, for nearly half of the book Harkness drags on and on about the clothing Diana wears, some descriptions are 2 and a half pages of detail! There was no purpose to such over-detailed descriptions of fabric, colors, jewels and chiffon. It has zero purpose to plot/character or even setting development.
I do look forward to concluding this series with the final installment entitled The Book of Life. I have begun reading a few chapters and the pace is much quicker with lots of plot development as well!
– Sabrina B.