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[Deborah Harkness] ã Shadow of Night [mauritius PDF] Read Online ã Picking Up From A Discovery Of Witchescliffhanger Ending, Shadow of Night Takes Diana And Matthew On A Trip Through Time To Elizabethan London, Where They Are Plunged Into A World Of Spies, Magic, And A Coterie Of Matthew S Old Friends, The School Of Night As The Search For AshmoleDeepens And Diana Seeks Out A Witch To Tutor Her In Magic, The Net Of Matthew S Past Tightens Around Them, And They Embark On A Very Different And Vastly Dangerous Journey Cannot believe this book has 4 stars Have you read the same book I just suffered through actually listened to as a 24 hour long audiobook should have been my first warning I don t even want to read the 3rd book I m so turned off by this LONG, confusing sequel I can t imagine how she will be able to close the MANY loose ends she has floating out there And by the way, did anyone else follow that crazy weaver business Twoof many pet peeves about this was the lame jack be nimble, jack be quick really And the pointless last chapter, it was like she had to slap that in there to justify the title How about focusing on a story next time Just because you can write 600 pages doesn t mean it all needs to be published Shame on the editor that let this slide through At this point I could care less what happens to these creatures, as I smile wolfishlyis there any other way to smile I suggest reading some of the other 1 star reviews for aaccurate description of this book s flaws I have no idea what the 4 5 star reviewers read, maybe they got a condensed readers digest version Right now I m just so annoyed that I paid for this book To end on a positive note, the actress who read the story did very well considering what she had to work with. Anyway, if you are insistent on reading it, good luck. Worst Sequel Ever I loved Discovery of Witches and couldn t wait to dive into the sequel, particularly now that they have traveled back in time to Elizabethan England Unfortunately, this outing started out bad and just got worse Harkness punishes readers with endless dialogue between Matthew s incredibly boring friends, who there are, like six of and all six of them are interchangeable and awful Totally unnecesary characters could have been reduced to one or two friends, since they all have the same personality Christopher Marlowe is probably the least likeable character I have ever encountered and I lost all respect for Matthew for repeatedly forgiving him for unforgiveable acts Seriously, this guy had no redeeming qualities and I really started to question Matthew s love for Diana the Matthew of Discovery of Witches would have killed Marlowe after the first time he risked Diana s life at the beginning of the book The plot drags on and on and just goes in circles And this is probably the clumsiest treatment of time travel that I have ever seen The Elizabethan Matthew just disappears when contemporary Matthew shows up Do you mean to tell me that Matthew s father somehow manages to silence all of the village at Sept Tours and all of London and all of Matthew s friends about the fact that Matthew is married so when Elizabethan Matthew returns he never finds out everything that transpired while he was in limbo Harkness should have just proposed that Matthew and Diana were creating an alternate history Instead she dumbly has their friends discovering traces of them in the future, which just makes no sense at all Or she could ve just had them keep a lower profile in the past Totally amateurish and insulting to the fans, which is a shame because there is a great sequel in there somewhere. My rating 2. 5 of 5 starsShadow of Night picks up immediately after A Discovery of Witches ends and I do mean immediately with little to no refresher This was my second attempt at reading and I attribute my success at completing it solely because of this recap I found online which was an immense help with Matthew and Diana traveling back into the past to search for Ashmole 782 and to seek Diana help with her powers For those that don t remember Ashmole 782 the bewitched alchemical manuscript that Diana found in Oxford s Bodleian library After the local witches, daemons, and vampires begin targeting Diana in order to find out how an unskilled witch was able to obtain the manuscript that they believe contains important information about the creation and future of all supernatural creatures Considering the fact that I loved A Discovery of Witches I was beyond ecstatic when I snagged an ARC copy of Shadow of Night Diving into it right away in hopes to devour it whole I realized immediately that that s not how this was going to work Positively rife with historical detail regarding the Elizabethan era and historical figures as well Christopher Marlowe, Sir Walter Raleigh, John Dee, William Shakespeare and of course Queen Elizabeth I , this is one that will take some time to get through not just because of the amount of pages The historical tidbits were interesting but I felt they lacked any sort of purpose and ultimately overpowered the true story making it muchdense and longer than it should have been The name dropping, while interesting, caused a bit of an eye roll for me because, did Matthew not have a single uncool friend that failed to make it into the history books Apparently not I can appreciate the obvious extent of the research the author conducted but including every interesting person from the time period felt a little like everything but the kitchen sink and should have been scaled back a little to focuson Matthew and Diana. Shadow of Night definitely had a case of middle book syndrome Add to that there s a real non ending that will likely cause some grumbles There was progress in the storyline but mostly things of little consequence My favorite aspects by far were the slight glimpses of the present day and how Matthew and Diana s actions were inevitably changing the future It was extremely interesting but those passages were so few and far between that I kept hoping forThe evolution of Diana s powers was the most fascinating Going back in time only resulted in throwing them into chaos and the slight control she did have over them dissipated but discovering the full extent of her powers was truly shocking. Shadow of Night was definitely my least favorite of the trilogy so far but I m looking forward to some resolution and seeing how everything turns out I plan on picking up The Book of Life soon in case Harkness continues her non recap trend. 7 22 2014 sigh Holy shit I did it 24 hours of audio is rough Review to come. 7 6 2014 Re try I couldn t get through this the first time I tried reading mostly because there s very little recap and I was having a hard time remembering what occurred in the first book Found a fabulous repap and am now ready to try this again Except this time on audio This Totally made my day Or year. Update cries really flipping hard I got my hopes all up and everything This title is currently available for librarian, bookseller and long lead media requests All other requests will be approved closer to the publication date On Netgalley I think I d offer up a kidney in exchange for this if I thought it d do any good. So imagine you ve written a story about vampires and witches who hunt for a mysterious book full of power and life The story is set in the modern day with much of the action taking part in the city of Oxford along with many memorable scenes occurring in the Bodleian library It all sounds pretty decent Your central character slowly falls in love with a vampire the feelings are returned The two decide to pool their resources as they are both working for very similar aims Their hunt for the book appears difficult with many people getting in their way The two appear dangerously close to achieving their aims and the plot feels like it is actually moving forward in a steady direction Such was the first novelA Discovery of Witches,a novel that had an interesting plot but was drastically hindered by its lacklustre characters and the lifeless romance So, as a writer, how do you make this even worse Randomly send the couple back in time, of course The plot went shooting down the toilet at a dramatically high speed For some reason it takes a huge sweepingly random back step and transports the characters to the 16th century England under the reign of the Tudors I felt like the story was pushed to its absolute breaking point here It s like she wanted to write a historical novel about the Elizabethan times, but had already started a fantasy series, so she tried to combine the two It was weird It was random And it really didn t work There was little suggestion that such a thing was even possible in the first book and the reasoning for it here, though painstakingly explained with caution and consideration, feltlike a justification than an actual logical reason It was like she was trying to persuade me for the necessity of such a thing Trashy writing, and poor plottingThe series had some potential if Harkness tightened up her writing and gave us a little bitsubstance For me, it was a massive case of telling us how powerful and dangerous her characters were without actually showing it to us Again, Matthew the all powerful vampire had a chance to show us his worth which he failed so miserably at in A Discovery of Witches. He was a spy in a former life, supposedly cunning and delightfully skilful at subterfuge He shows us none of these abilities All he was good for was his knowledge of living in the Tudor times because he had already done it before, which only gave Dianne another reason to follow him around like a long lost puppy So she s not the kind of woman I like to read about she s her man s shadow There is also too much going on and as she tries to wrap up her story it s like one massive juggling act where all loose ends are forcibly tied off and made clean There was no need to complicate what was a very straightforward narrative It doesn t make the writing better Instead, it just dragged out the story for another book Personally, this would have been a stronger story if it had been contained to one book I read this back in 2014 and I m still bitter about it At that time I was still a little unsure about what books I liked, I d not read much, but reading books like this helped steer me on the right direction into the kind of books I rave about on here today So, as much as I disliked this book, it was not an entirely wasteful experience. I was fairly eager to read Shadow of Night after reading Discovery of Witches I didn t hate it I didn t love it While I certainly had my qualms about the first book book you can read my review to see about that , my review of Shadow of Night is equally ambivalent, but for different reasons SPOILERS AHEAD First, the good Harkness finally utilizes her skills as an Elizabethan historian forthan painting a sentimental picture of Oxford Taking her characters into Elizabethan England was smart because it allowed her to create avibrant setting than before, borrowing from a vast knowledge of tiny facts and details to transport the reader to 1590s Oxford and London I especially enjoyed reading about Diana s wardrobe and her initial difficulties mastering the dialects of the time In Shadow, Harkness creates a version of Diana that is MUCHlikable than the first Unlike the first book, she is not ceaselessly crying, nor does she seem as attracted to Matthew sEdward Cullen ish controlling tendencies Instead, she creates a woman who is muchbelievable as a strong, capable, bright academic one who is willing to stand up for what she wants and who doesn t let her husband bully her as he did in the first book The witchcraft writing is definitely stronger in this book than the last I enjoyed the weaving elements, if the time travel was a bit weak We finally get to see Diana demonstrate some mastery of her craft and learn from witches who can do way cooler stuff than either of her aunts The firedrake could be a seriously fun character in the future Although Harkness takes a while to get to these scenes in the book about halfway through, actually , once she does, the plot really starts to take off Oddly, the fathers are the best new characters in the book, which is sad because they are both dead in the present time Steven Proctor is delightfully foppish, and I love that he takes the time to embarrass the hell out of his vampire son in law I wish there was a way we d see him again, because he might be my new favorite character Phillipe is also a vibrant new character whom I like most because of his arrogance He is larger than life in a way I think Harkness meant Matthew to be in the first book, but didn t quite attain I m sad he won t reappear in the third book at least, it s unlikely unless somehow Diana and Matthew changed time enough to save his lifehmmnot impossible The bad Harkness still needs to work on her character building A lot people have remarked that they are not really in love with the characters, and a big part of that is because of their inconsistencies Diana s fear of her own magic made a little sense when she was a crybaby although that never really jibed with her success as an academic I m in that world, and it s competitive Now that she s abandoned the tears for the second book, it makes no sense that she is still scared of learning about her own magic and the world from whence she comes She s a HISTORIAN OF ALCHEMY, for pete s sake She s the definition of someone who should be bending over backwards to learn how to use magic Matthew, on the other hand, seems to fade into the shadow after which he is nicknamed Despite the fact that we learn so muchof his backstory in this book, it often felt like he was a spectator in the scenes he was in rather than a protagonist As a result, theemotionally wrenching scenes between him and Diana seem to come out of nowhere He was a crabby old man for the first half of the book, often absent on unexplained spy work, and then suddenly he turned back into Will Darcy His dialogue often came out of nowhere, and his body never seemed to dothan stand at windows and run his hands through his hair The moon between my thighs Enough said Too many of the secondary characters collapse into one another The School of Night all essentially had the same personalities, the most irritating of which was Kit Marlowe I still don t understand why Matthew didn t just kill him All of the secondary vampires talked the same and looked the same, male or female Francoise, Pierre, Gallowglass, Hancock, Benjamindoes it really matter Just write INTIMIDATING VAMPIRE and be done with it All in all, I think your ability to enjoy this book and the series as a whole depends on your willingness to cast a blind eye at the stuff you don t like on a regular basis For me, the escape of the story provides enough to want to read it and finish the series I mostly just want to know what the writing is in the mysterious book I also wouldn t mind meeting their kids But if you re a stickler for things like pretty prose, stable character development, and sensible time travel writing, this may not be the book for you. I wish I could give this bookthan 3 stars To be honest it s receiving three only because I it piqued my interest just enough to finish it. I was so excited to read the second installment to Diana and Matthew s journey after reading The Discovery of Witches a couple of years ago and absolutely adoring the first book This book, I found, was too long with too many unnecessary characters Yes I became aware after reading the book that there is a glossary in the back of the book. but on a Kindle you do not see that glossary or know about it until you reach the end of the book LOLThe first third of the book I found to be incredibly slow It involved the 2 main characters sitting around with other members of history simply spending time in a house babbling and arguing over what to do next over and over while the author kept adding inandtid bits of history that did not advance the plot or build characters at all It began to read much like a history text book The plot I found disorganized throughout the book, it always felt like there was something that I missed somewhere along the way It almost felt like rules kept getting changed as the author wrote the book so to suit her needs and the plot s needs which left everything choppy and disjointed I may very well be wrong, but that was the feeling I had while reading I also became frustrated with the lack of character growth with Diana and Matthew There was a few cliched and contrived profound moments, but they felt forced and a little bit eye rolling in a way The way things were described became slightly repetitive after awhile, if I have to read and my witch s third eye opened again I will cringe lol and I always pictured a literal eyeball opening up in the middle of her forheadweirdness Along with the whole world being draped with embroidery floss and bits of ropes and string, it becameludicrous than anything else to me I understand that it was maybe a way to write something different that no one has really written before in regards to vampires witches time travel etc, but it came across asfunny than effective Too many ideas written weakly than focusing on one or two and creating a really strong atmosphere throughout the book Sadly overall I was disappointed with the book It was far too long with too much extra writing that did not have anything to do with characters plot which could have made the book far shorter and faster paced I know, I know, please don t throw stones LOL it s just my opinion, and only that, I did truly love the first book The redeeming character in this book was Phillipe and I do wish he had played a bigger part or that there is some way to re introduce him in the third book Somehow and kudos to the author as it did hold my interest long enough to want to know ultimately what happened and read through to the ending. This book was unbearable I wrote a really lengthy review then lost it before saving, but I have so many problems with this book that I honestly don t feel like writing them up again. I m just going to lay out some general reasons why you shouldn t read this book Most of the new characters are either boring or annoying Matthew also becomes immensely annoying with his constant desire to keep secrets and treat her like she is incapable of understanding him. If a character is annoying the author will make sure they appear often. The treatment of time travel is so illogical that I can t look past it no matter how much I wanted to like this book First, Matthew s former self simply disappears from the past when they arrive This would imply that going back changes the past such that when they return, things will be dramatically different They then proceed to do countless things that would seriously alter the future Despite that, nothing appears wrong when they return way too late into the book only two chapters of them back in the present Add on top of that, the fact that they could have time traveled to another period the second the setting no longer seemed favorable but didn t was ridiculous Instead, they proceed to do a massive number of unnecessary things that could have been avoided if any character in the story had simply been smart enough to remember that the main character can time travel whenever she wants to. Further, the book doesn t stay true to the characters The fact that Matthew didn t kill Kit on multiple occasions throughout the book was completely untrue to the character Especially the final time when he kidnaps Diana and talks about how he wants to cut out her eyes Which further highlights how Harkness was fighting to find things to fill the pages when this book would have been better if it was shorter. The main character may grow stronger in terms of controlling her power, but she remains mentally weak That s fine for a first book, but it s a really bad sign for a second book This lack of development also shows up through Matthew s constant withholding of the truth On top of that, for some reason her magic is different when she travels back in time The fact that the time travel likely caused this is mentioned often, but I still can t grasp why such a change was in any way necessary or for that matter desired for any reason beyond extending the plot when it was already so out of whack. On top of that, the author didn t spend enough time making sure the plot made sense There was no reason for them to stay in the 16th century This isn t some the portal will open only on this day so and so months from now book The main character can time travel whenever she wants to, to whatever time or place she wants to if she has the right items The fact that they didn t leave makes about as much sense as the fact that she can t time travel to the present that she left so as to avoid any time from passing in the present Instead, when they return roughly a year has passed But, I guess that does enforce the trend of Harkless being consistent in her attempts to make sure that time travel makes absolutely no sense at all in this book. Please do not read this book read the next one when it comes out Put this at the end of the list If you re desperate, it s okay for you to read it If you re not, just don t. This is only one of three books I have reviewed of the 250 on my read shelf The rest I only rated That is how much I dislike this book I m also going to remove it from my kindle and am legitimately weighing whether or not to permanently remove it from my kindle account so I never have to see it again. You gave your life to me Diana Bishop It s time to make use of it This is a hard review to write How do I sum up all the intense emotions and thoughts that this book conjured in me So please forgive me if this review is not worthy of the book for this was truly an incredible story and like the first book, one I will have to read again and again The book starts off exactly where A Discovery of Witches ended, Matthew and Diana have traveled back to Oxford 1591 in search of a witch powerful enough to teach Diana how to use her magic and a sacred book, Ashmole 782, the book of origins But all does not go according to plan and once back in Oxford, Diana and Matthew are caught up in his life at the time and the Shadow of Night, the group of academics who all make a huge mark on history In 1591 England, Matthew is a spy for Queen Elizabeth and a member of the Congregation and one of the instrumental people in the slaughter of many witches in Scotland and other parts of Europe But The Matthew Clairmont that has returned to this time with Diana is a very different Vampire, and naturally his view of Witches has changed greatly So right off the bat we watch as Matthew struggles with having to carry out the actions of his past self, wanting to right the wrongs he committed, but fearing he will alter the future in some terrible way The aspect of time and how every little action affects the future left me feeling unsettled because I was looking back on my past actions and questioning what would my life have been like had I changed even one thing Diana on the other hand gets caught up in trying to fit in in 1591 England She talks funny, is taller and skinnier than the women of this time and if that s not all, she has to contend with a bitter and jealous Christopher Marlowe and his love for Matthew and hatred for her Then to top it all off, her magic is acting all sorts of weird So for the first part of the book, Diana s magic and Ashmole 782 are kind of put on hold while my favorite couple deals with adjusting to the past While this might have annoyed some readers, I found Harkness ability to bring the characters of the past to life so exciting that I too forgot the real reason they had traveled back in time But once we leave part 1 and head into the depths of Harkness s second book, we are taken on an incredible, emotional and thought provoking journey After thinking about this book for a few days I realized what really moved me about it She broke the book up into parts and each section had it s own message that really stuck with me In part 1 I felt frustrated because of the tension between Diana and Matthew but upon reflection I felt it was because they were trying to reconcile who they were individually with who they needed to become as a unit Their inability to properly communicate and their lingering insecurities are something a lot of new couples go through and part 1 ends with a lot of unsettling emotions, leaving you and the characters questioning everything However, part 2 calms some of those fears as it focuses on love, forgiveness and healing The growth of Matthew and Diana s relationship was incredible as they finally consummate their relationship and you begin to believe that everything is perfect with them, they have overcome their demons but just like in real life, consummating your relationship does not wipe out any lingering insecurities and while we end with a positive feeling about the direction of Matthew and Diana, like all couples they still have hurdles to cross individually and as a couple Part 2 was special for me in other ways, for it was not only love that was central in this section but forgiveness and healing It was the growth of Matthew and Ysabeau that really made this part special for me, well that and Philippe who was an incredible character and one I will miss in the coming book Both are broken characters and through the events of this section begin to forgive themselves which leads to the beginning of healing whats long been broken inside I left this part in tears as it really moved me and made me think about the act of forgiveness and the toll that self hatred can take on ones life Part 3 was equal parts exciting as it was sad as Diana finally gets to use her magic and confront her fears but her and Matthew must battle a shared loss and learn how to cope with it together While in part 2 Matthew confront his demons, part 3 is about Diana facing her own, for she is still afraid of her power and herself and with the help of some fantastic characters she is finally able to confront those fears This is where part of the verse that begins Discovery of Witches comes into play as Diana must battle with herself and her fears that what she is might be evil or wrong It is here that she must break down the walls she has spent her life constructing and come face to face with the real Diana living inside her What comes of this revelation is absolutely spectacular and left me thinking a lot about the universe Harkness ideas about the threads of life that connect everything around us really had me thinking a lot about my own beliefs In college I wanted to expand my mind and hallucinogenics was the route I took so when Harkness begins to describe the universe as different colored threads I could see what Diana was weaving as though it was I handling the threads of life Since I first stepped into that other world back in college I have always believed that we are all connected and that our every action is connected in some way to everything around us Part 3 really left me thinking about the universe and our connection to everything within it Part 4 had me wringing my hands with frustration as I hated the Emperor but it also brought a lot of questions to mind about evolution and power and the destruction of too much knowledge I am always seeking out answers about the universe, but what if you know to much how does that affect you as a human, can you move on or will it consume you These were the questions I have always had and this is what I felt in part 4 when they learnabout Ashmole 782 Watching how the book affected those it came in contact with, including Diana and Matthew brought all those old ideas and questions of mine to the surface and left me feeling a little uncomfortable, but this was also the section that Diana and Matthew truly become one and after everything that has come before it, I felt that they had finally evolved as a solid and unbreakable couple The final two parts where the perfect winde down with Diana fully embracing her firedrake and being the ass kicking witch we know her to be , getting to spend time with her father, going on an actual date with Matthew, and saying goodbye to all of her friends before heading back to her own time We get a glimpse of how her and Matthew have changed things in their present day and the sense that while Harkness has taken me on a graceful and gentle decline after the emotional and thought provoking roller coaster that I had been on, the sense of bigger things yet to come still lingers in the air and has stayed with me these past few daysIt begins with absence and desireIt begins with blood and fearIt begins with a discovery of witches The All Souls Trilogy filled an absence in my reading life, a desire forknowledge, a need to understand the secrets in the blood that travels through my body, and a fear that I might be permanently changed by what I learn It began with a Discovery of Witches and continued with a lot of questions, some answers and characters that I love and miss like dear friends When it comes to Deborah Harkness s amazing ability to weave an incredible supernatural love story with history and science, who knows what it will end with. . A few non spoilery things if you ve finished the first one you ll want to know before beginning this or things I wanted to know and needed my future self to tell me 1 95% of this takes place in the past. There are a few chapters that update you on what s going on in the present, but those were kind of dull, sooooo2 The time traveling will never make sense. It s best to just let this go The 16th century Matthew disappears while present day Matthew is there with his present day wife When present day people leave, 16th century Matt returns and probably has to say, Why the hell do y all think I m married a lot. 3 You will run into those two big historical figures you are hoping to run into. And I know you all know who I m talking about. 4 It s going to move from PG to PG 13. Thank goodness, tbh 5 The plot hardly progresses. But, this is no different than the first book, so I don t know how you re surprised. 6 This is like reading a Dickens novel. You re going to meet 925338 characters who will never be relevant again It s annoying and kind of blah, and yet you ll still keep reading because you re invested in the hot British vampire scientist.
My life has been a series of left turns that nevertheless took me in the right direction though it didn t always seem so at the time I went to college to be a theater major and ended up studying the Renaissance I went to grad school to become a college administrator and loved to teach so much I became a college professor instead I thought I wanted to be a Tudor Stuart historian, and found mys