Shadow of Night {Book Review}


Published Date: July 10, 2012
Publisher: Penguin Books {paperback}
Author: Deborah Harkness
Pages: 583
Genres: Romance, Historical Fiction, Fantasy

You can view the summary for Shadow of Night here.

Before reading this book I was told that I would suffer from SBS {Second Book Syndrome}, that it would drag for the first half and then be awesome in the end. Let me be the first to tell you, I suffered zero…nothing dragged…it was awesome from open to close.

This book was full of history. Needless to say, I was in hog heaven. There was only one {major} historical discrepancy but whatevs…I ain’t mad atcha, Deborah. We meet a ton of new characters, a lot of them real people who lived once upon a time. I seriously love books where I either know who they are & their story or I can google them and learn.

Aside from history, you feel the love in this novel. So much love of all types. It’s intense…like a circus. I ached and I cried and I swooned. *sigh*

Anywho, if you haven’t read the All Souls Trilogy {the third being released July 15th}, then I highly recommend it. Yes, Deborah is as wordy as a dictionary and she lurves describing EVERYTHING but aside from that {and trust me you can look past it} this story is one to get lost in. Love Love Love.

PS. I reached my reading goal for the year…100 BOOKS!!!! WOOOHOOO. Go me.

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9 thoughts on “Shadow of Night {Book Review}

      • Wordiness is okay to an extent. I just posted my review on The Reader, which surprisingly, didn’t have a lot of dialogue considering the plot. Fingers crossed this’ll be just as good.

      • I’ve been wondering about that book! I’ll check out your review.
        You’re right, it’s okay to an extent. Also, this was her first go at writing so she did well, all things considered.

  1. Congrats on 100 books! (I’m only at 60, but I didn’t start until February, I was in a reading slump.) If the third one is about to come out I’ll have to give these books a try. I like being able to read the whole thing in one go. You’re so right about second books. I don’t know what it is about them, but they are often slow.

  2. I love the all souls books. I’ve been waiting for the book of life since 2012! Deborah is a wonderful writer, historian, teacher and all around badass! I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her and she is beyond kind. The book of life is one of my top 5 most anticipated reads for 2014. Great review!

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