Mini reviews: Shadow of Night & The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness (spoilers)

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Review: Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness


Historian Diana Bishop, descended from a line of powerful witches, and long-lived vampire Matthew Clairmont have broken the laws dividing creatures. When Diana discovered a significant alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, she sparked a struggle in which11559200 she became bound to Matthew. Now the fragile coexistence of witches, daemons, vampires and humans is dangerously threatened.

Seeking safety, Diana and Matthew travel back in time to London, 1590. But they soon realize that the past may not provide a haven. Reclaiming his former identity as poet and spy for Queen Elizabeth, the vampire falls back in with a group of radicals known as the School of Night. Many are unruly daemons, the creative minds of the age, including playwright Christopher Marlowe and mathematician Thomas Harriot.

Together Matthew and Diana scour Tudor London for the elusive manuscript Ashmole 782, and search for the witch who will teach Diana how to control her remarkable powers…

Published: July 10th, 2012 by Viking Adult

My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 

I was so excited to start the sequel to A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night but, sadly, it didn’t quite live up to my expectations.

Don’t get me wrong! There were a lot of good things about this book. I loved the fact that we got to travel through time and experience a different setting. The descriptions in this book were spot on and the amount of historical knowledge that Harkness includes is incredible. I also really loved the side characters! (except a few… especially Kit!😤) but Gallowglass, Philip, Jack and Annie were awesome and I’m glad Harkness decided to include some of them in the last book!

All in all, aside from this book being slow and rather lengthy, the story itself was really good and I’m definitely going to read the last book to see how it all ends.

Review: The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness


After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness’ enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral16054217 home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency. In the trilogy’s final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.

Published: July 15th, 2014 by Viking Adult

My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

Wow. Wow. Wow. I have literally just finished this book and i am already missing it.

So, Matthew and Diana are back in present time, now mated and with children on the way. After being with their family, they must work together to find the missing pages of Ashmole 782 and face the many dangers ahead of them.

Can I just say, I absolutely LOVE Diana and Matthew’s relationship. They both share such a strong bond and have so much love for one another that it brought a smile to my face every time they were together. They’re definitely up there with some of my most favourite OTP’s ever.

I’m so sad to see this truly incredible trilogy come to a close but I am really happy with how it all ended. Matthew, Diana and the rest of the characters hold a special place in my heart and I’m really going to miss them all!

Ultimately, The Book of Life (and the whole trilogy really) is about learning and accepting who you are and I love how we got to see these characters grow so much throughout their journey.

I highly recommend this trilogy to anyone and everyone. xabbie

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