There shall be love ... and secrets.

Summary:

Matthew and Diana have arrived in Elizabethan London. They adjusted quickly to life in the past as they search for a witch worthy of understanding Diana’s unique abilities, and try to locate Ashmole 782. This manuscript speaks of the supernaturals’ birth into this world and is the key to immortality and reproduction between species. While here, they encounter Matthew’s old friends and family, and uncover some secrets that will affect their efforts. The couple faces many challenges, each one teaching them how to love and accept each other, despite their differences.

Note: This is a fantasy series written for adults that appeals to teen readers. The content is for mature audiences.


BTSYA / Teen Reader (15):
This is one of my favorite series. This story will bring out so many emotions, ranging from happiness to sadness to anger. I swear I would be laughing one minute, and then crying the next! Not only is this story complex, but Diana and Matthew’s relationship is the absolute cutest, and will for sure grab you into their everlasting romance. Diana is funny and smart, and Matthew perfectly balances her personality with his sarcasm and witty remarks. The couple seems to be a match made in heaven, where their personal weaknesses are the other person's strengths. It’s incredible watching them grow as a couple, understanding each other through their mistakes in this new time period.

The coolest part of this story is Matthew and Diana’s effect on the future. There is a butterfly effect, where each choice made in the past changed the future ever so slightly with each passing day. Harkness explains this thoroughly, introducing new characters as a way to explain the couple’s effect on the future. It was by far the craziest thing to think about! I found myself becoming very fond of Marcus, Matthew, and Phillipe. Something about the De Clairemont’s makes them all so interesting! Each of them harbors so much pain, yet use humor to escape it, and love to forgive it. I also loved Gallowglass and his cute personality. His determination to protect Diana was so admirable, and his hilarious comments always ease the tension in the room.

Just like book 1, there are violence and intimate scenes, so the book is best suited for people 16 and older. Highly recommend finding a quiet, relaxing setting. This book is guaranteed to sweep you into its plot!


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Time travel, romance, witches and vampires, and secrets. LOTS of secrets. 

Content Awareness Factors:

The story has violence and there is sexual content. The book is written for adults and should be viewed from that lense.


Type of Book:
This is the middle book of a fantasy trilogy with a supernaturals couple (vampire, witch) trying to find a way to be together.
Educational Themes:

Read for fun. Other reviews about the book range from "riveting" (like our reviewer) to "meh." Where would your reader rate the book?

Reading Level:
5.7
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
15 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
15 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!â„¢ . Reviewer's Age:

Title Shadow of Night
About

All Souls Trilogy, Book 2 of 3

Author Deborah Harkness
Publisher Viking Adult © 2012
ISBN 9780670023486
Material Hard Cover
Cost $17.99
Genres Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Romance
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