Title: Shadow of Night
Author: Deborah Harkness
CAWPILE: 9.36 (5 Stars)
Oh. My. Goodness!
The second book in the All Souls trilogy took me on an adventure, let me tell you!
It was so atmospheric, set mostly within the 16th Century as we follow Diana and Matthew on a mission to find her a tutor to master her witch’s powers. I think this can be largely attested to Harkness’ experience as a science historian, and as a professor of history; using her knowledge of both subjects, combined with the fantasy element, to construct a deeply absorbing story-line and plot for this sequel. I was totally immersed in the novel – perhaps even more than I was in the first one! And could hardly bare to put it down, I was so pulled into it. I loved meeting the new characters – a few of them real figures in history, and seeing them brought to new life in this way was deeply magical for me. I also thought Diana’s Time-Walking was particularly fascinating; the idea that the ability to travel through time using objects from the time to which you wish to travel to, could be harnessed by a supernatural being.
Although it’s CAWPILE rating is marginally lower than that of the first one, I adored the sequel even more. If you’ve read this yourself, what were your thoughts?
You have wings. Believe in them and yourself, and you will fly.