Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

The last week of January, my Facebook group talked about Shadow of Night, which of course I had to read again. The first time reading this series, I got stuck during this book and didn’t finish it. I couldn’t see it clearly enough. But after watching the first season, I had to go back and read the trilogy.

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Matthew, our hero, remains as he was from the first book, but he takes Diana into the past- his past. When you travel 400 years or so in the past, you can forget a few details about what your life was like. I’m not sure if Matthew would have taken Diana there if he truly remembered it all.

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Diana is in heaven, traveling back to Elizabethan England. She is a historian, after all. Plus, she had no idea that Matthew knew so many famous people from that time period. To learn that each of them is just an ordinary person, living what they thought was an ordinary life, is a lesson that Diana will never forget.

Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

Brief Summary (while trying not to give everything away)

In Shadow of Night, Matthew and Diana travel back in time to Elizabethan England. Unlike the show, they first appear in Woodstock, not London. This book has Matthew and Diana learning about each other and learning of the secrets of the other. Diana finally learns what she really is and why her magic has never really worked like anyone else’s.

The cast of characters are expanding wildly in this book and include some favorites, like Gallowglass. The book travels from Woodstock to France to London to Bohemia to New York.


Okay, so this was my FIFTH time reading this one (and yes, I’m counting the first time that I didn’t finish it). I think it’s pretty safe to say it slowly became a favorite of mine. I love how Deborah Harkness weaves the history in (can I just say I would love to be in her history classes as she’s a history professor?). The cast of characters are just incredible and make this a truly fun book to read, even if it takes longer to read than most books for me.

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