Deborah Harkness’ novel Shadow of Night takes us right to the moment that A Discovery of Witches ends. It was great to get right into the story and find out how the search for Ashmole 782 was progressing. Diana and Matthew travel back in time to 1590 Elizabethan England in hopes of helping Diana better understand her magic, as well as finding Ashmole 782 before it is broken. We meet interesting new characters on the adventure including Christopher Marlowe, Walter Raleigh, and Matthew’s infamous father Philippe. Things are never easy for a witch who is married to a vampire, or vice-versa. The two are constantly being judged by their fellow creatures while still trying to work out the kinks of a new marriage. However, they are determine to make things work, no matter what.
Harkness did a great job of creating Elizabeth’s England. It was so much fun to walk around the outskirts of London and the palace in Prague. I really like the secondary characters in both books. Harkness has taken the time to create and developed her side characters who are witty, funny, and just overall engaging. She has also done a fabulous job of growing Diana and Matthew as the story continues. It has been interesting to see two control freaks attempt to comprise with each other and come to terms with each others individualism. This was a fun read, although not quite as action packed as book one ,and fans will be anxiously awaiting book three.