We arrived in an undignified heap of witch and vampire. Matthew was underneath me, his long limbs bent into an uncharacteristically awkward position. A large book was squashed between us, and the force of our landing sent the small silver figurine clutched in my hand sailing across the floor.
“Are we in the right place?” My eyes were screwed shut in case we were still in Sarah’s hop barn in twenty-first-century New York, and not in sixteenth-century Oxfordshire. Even so, the unfamiliar scents told me I was not in my own time or place. Among them was something grassy and sweet, along with a waxen smell that reminded me of summer. There was a tang of wood smoke, too, and I heard the crackle of a fire.
“Open your eyes, Diana, and see for yourself.” A feather-light touch of cool lips brushed my cheek, followed by a soft chuckle. Eyes the color of a stormy sea looked into mine from a face so pale it could only belong to a vampire. Matthew’s hands traveled from neck to shoulders. “Are you all right?”
After journeying so far into Matthew’s past, my body felt as though it might come apart with a puff of wind. I hadn’t felt anything like it after our brief timewalking sessions at my aunts’ house.
“I’m fine. What about you?” I kept my attention fixed on Matthew rather than daring a look around.
“Relieved to be home.” Matthew’s head fell back on the wooden floorboards with a gentle thunk, releasing more of the summery aroma from the rushes and lavender scattered there. Even in 1590 the Old Lodge was familiar to him.
My eyes adjusted to the dim light. A substantial bed, a small table, narrow benches, and a single chair came into focus. Through the carved uprights supporting the bed’s canopy, I spied a doorway that connected this chamber to another room. Light spilled from it onto the coverlet and fl oor, forming a misshapen golden rectangle. The room’s walls had the same fi ne, linenfold paneling that I remembered from the few times I’d visited Matthew’s home in present-day Woodstock. Tipping my head back, I saw the ceiling—thickly plastered, coffered into squares, with a splashy red-andwhite Tudor rose picked out in gilt in each recess.
“The roses were obligatory when the house was built,” Matthew commented drily. “I can’t stand them. We’ll paint them all white at the fi rst opportunity.”
The gold-and-blue flames in a stand of candles flared in a sudden draft, illuminating the corner of a richly colored tapestry and the dark, glossy stitches that outlined a pattern of leaves and fruit on the pale counterpane. Modern textiles didn’t have that luster.
I smiled with sudden excitement. “I really did it. I didn’t mess it up or take us somewhere else, like Monticello or—”
From Shadow of Night By Deborah Harkness. Published by arrangement with Viking a member of Penguin Group (USA) Copyright © Deborah Harkness, 2012
Deborah Harkness mesmerized readers with A Discovery of Witches, Book One in the magical All Souls Trilogy. Now, in Shadow of Night, reluctant witch Diana Bishop and vampire Matthew Clairmont continue their unquenchable passion and partnership in a supernatural battle over an ancient manuscript. The intrigue has plunged the time-traveling pair back to Matthew’s home in Elizabethan London, where Diana is blindsided by the daemons among his old friends at the mysterious School of Night. But more important, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic while Matthew confronts a past he thought he had put to rest. And what of the coveted writings they seek? Danger is everywhere in one of the most hotly anticipated novels of the season.
Hardcover Book : 592 pages
Publisher: Viking Penguin/Div of Penguin ( July 10, 2012 )
Item #: 13-582847
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 1.33inches
Product Weight: 19.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
After reading A Discovery of Witches I was dying with anticipation and hope that the sequel Shadow of Night would be just as good. WOW it was amazing I couldn't seem to put it down. I love the way history is woven in so that it captivates the reader. Deborah Harkness has such a gift her writting is so vivid I felt like I was right there. I can't wait for book 3!
THIS WAS JUST AS GOOD AS THE FIRST ! WAS REALLY HARD TO PUT DOWN. THEY SAY SEQUELS ARE NEVER AS GOOD - THIS WAS JUST AS GOOD IF NOT BETTER ! THE CHARACTERS AS SO REAL AND MIXED BEAUTIFULLY, WITH JUST ENOUGH, HISTORICAL ELEMENTS. WHAT A RIDE ! A NOTE TO DEBORAH HARKNESS: THREE IS NOT ENOUGH ! THESE CHARACTERS DESERVE TO CONTINUE ON !
I ordered this while reading A Discovery of Witches, and I couldn't put either down. The mix of history and fantasy is wonderful. The characters are all so enchanting! I can hardly wait until Book 3!!! Highly recommend!
I did the same thing as one of the other reviewers. I read it all as soon as I put my hands on it and re-read it right after, a little slower, to make sure I didn't miss anything. I love these books! I am sad that there's only one book left in the series.
Read the first book and loved it. I'm 3/4 thru the secondbook and enjoying it with each click of my kindle to read one more page......Can't wait for the third one. I love trilogys