Shadow of night / Deborah Harkness.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: A follow-up to the best-selling A Discovery of Witches finds Oxford scholar and reluctant witch Diana and vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont in Elizabethan London, where Diana seeks a magical tutor and Matthew confronts elements from his past at the same time the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens.
    • ISBN:
      9780670023486 (hbk.)
      0670023485 (hbk.)
    • Accession Number:
      2012005843
    • Accession Number:
      ocn760974138
      760974138
    • Accession Number:
      fay.361316

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2012 May #2

Harkness' latest may be bit slow, but epic fantasy readers won't be deterred, and the author's fans will be thrilled to get the second installment of the All Souls Trilogy, which picks up right after the cliff-hanger ending of A Discovery of Witches (2011). Diana and Matthew journey back to 1590 England, intent on finding Diana a magic teacher and locating the enchanted manuscript, Ashmole 782. But, in an era of witch hunts, it's no easy trick to find a witch willing to teach the wife of a famously antiwitch vampire. Both teacher and pupil may well risk their lives in the process, especially after King James starts persecuting witches in Scotland. Still, there is a good side to visiting an era in which Matthew's father, Phillipe, is still alive; in which witches know about weavers like Diana; and in which alchemy is an accepted research area. Those who enjoy a well-developed world, lots of historical detail, and plenty of character development will find much to like here. Make sure to point Harkness out to Diana Gabaldon fans looking for a new historical fantasy epic. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: A Discovery of Witches debuted at number two on the New York Times bestseller list and is being adapted into a movie by David Auburn. Buzz suggests that Warner Brothers sees the trilogy as the filling the gap left by Harry Potter. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2012 February #1

A Discovery of Witches, Harkness's phenomenal debut novel, was hatched when she asked herself what a vampire hanging about for all those centuries would do as a job. Vampire Matthew Clairmont is a geneticist who's joined forces (in more ways than one) with scholar and witch-in-rebellion Diana Bishop. Here, to quell a battle of supernatural forces stemming from an enchanted manuscript that seems to have vanished, they've time-traveled back to Elizabethan London. Diana gets tutored in magic, Matthew confronts his past, and the School of Night (you know, Christopher Marlowe, Walter Raleigh…) makes an appearance. With a 14-city tour; grab.

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LJ Reviews 2012 May #2

In the wake of Harkness's best-selling debut, A Discovery of Witches, fans have been impatiently waiting to discover where Matthew, the vampire geneticist, and Diana, the witch historian, landed when they "stepped into the unknown" at that novel's cliff-hanging close. Now in Elizabethan England, they are hunting an enchanted alchemical manuscript. At the same time, Diana must continue her magic education and Matthew reunites with friends, including Christopher Marlowe and Sir Walter Raleigh. New readers should start with the first book, as the sequel seamlessly continues the adventures of the scholarly pair and because of the author's detailed world building and complex story line. The characterizations of 16th-century Oxfordshire with a paranormal twist (Marlowe is a gay daemon, for example) add a historical richness to the epic, while the plot sets readers up for the culminating struggle anticipated in the trilogy's final book. VERDICT Destined to be as popular as its predecessor, this is a must-buy. [See Prepub Alert, 1/8/12.]—Crystal Renfro, Georgia Inst. of Technology Lib., Atlanta

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LJ Reviews 2012 June #1

Picking up where last summer's best-selling A Discovery of Witches left off, geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont and Oxford scholar and witch Diana Bishop travel back in time to Elizabethan England to hunt for the enchanted Ashmole 782 manuscript and to seek magic lessons for Diana. VERDICT Readers who enjoyed the first book's striking detail and complex world-building will be equally as thrilled with this second book in the trilogy, as Harkness, a scholar herself (history, Univ. of Southern California), focuses her lens on the denizens, culture, and geography of late 16th-century Europe.

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LJ Reviews Newsletter

Picking up where last summer's best-selling A Discovery of Witches left off, geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont and Oxford scholar and witch Diana Bishop travel back in time to Elizabethan England to hunt for the enchanted Ashmole 782 manuscript and to seek magic lessons for Diana. VERDICT Readers who enjoyed the first book's striking detail and complex world-building will be equally as thrilled with this second book in the trilogy, as Harkness, a scholar herself (history, Univ. of Southern California), focuses her lens on the denizens, culture, and geography of late 16th-century Europe. — "Summertime, and the Reading Is Easy" LJ Reviews 6/7/12 (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

PW Reviews 2012 May #3

Propelled by her successful fiction debut, A Discovery of Witches, historian Harkness concocts an energetic if chaotic sequel filled with witches, daemons, vampires, wearhs, weavers, and warm-bloods (aka humans) racing to retrieve a lost manuscript that details the origins of supernatural species, which, in the wrong hands, could hasten their extinction. The first novel culminated in the mixed marriage of vampire/scientist Matthew de Clermont to historian/untrained witch Diana Bishop. This novel opens with the newlyweds time-traveling to Elizabethan England so Diana can study witchcraft; never mind they're burning witches in Scotland or that in London an educated American woman doesn't exactly blend in. There, they hope to retrieve magical manuscript Ashmole 782, last seen in Oxford's 21st-century Bodleian library. Diana gets in touch with her inner firedrake, Matthew with his father, but they can't find a tutor for ages, and they can't rescue the manuscript without a trip to Prague. Supporting Diana and Matthew in their quest is a secret society that includes dashing Walter Raleigh and dangerous daemon Christopher Marlowe. Harkness delights in lining up the living dead and modern academic history, as in her explanation of how a forger named Shakespeare, with supernatural prompting, takes up playwriting. This tale of a feminist Yankee in Queen Elizabeth's court charms amid the tumult, as the gifted heroine and her groom fight for generations and another sequel to come in order to protect the magical world that's all around us. Agent: Sam Stoloff. (July 10)

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