Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

Posted by Steph on March - 4 - 2013
Shadow of Night Deborah Harkness Adult Fiction Rating: 2

Shadow of Night
Deborah Harkness
Adult Fiction
Rating: 2

I FINALLY finished it. It took forever to get through, (like two weeks)!! I was…disappointed. I remember enjoying the first one for some reason (although I didn’t write a review so I don’t remember why). But this one just didn’t make the cut for me. I didn’t start enjoying the book until about 3/4 of the way through it. There was too much historical detail for a fantasy fiction book. Don’t get me wrong, I love historical fiction, but I think half of this book could have been taken out and it would have made it incredibly better. Ugh, I’m glad I’m finished with it, but sorry I didn’t just skip over about 300 pages to save some time. I will probably read the next one though as I can’t leave a storyline unfinished and it sounds like there will (hopefully) be more action and stuff actually happening in it.

Diana and Matthew timewalked back in time in order to hide from the Congregation and try to locate Ashmole 762.  Diana finds out more bad stuff about Matthew and blindly accepts it (like every other female in fiction does when it comes to vampires) and Matthew tries to control Diana in every possible way.  However, Diana does learn many new things about herself  in the past which will hopefully help her control her magic better.  She also has a couple pretty big secrets of her own that she keeps from Matthew (sign of a healthy relationship?), which I’m guessing will come out in the next book.  The story got a bit more exciting towards the end when there was a little more going on and it ends on a promise for more action to come.

Overall, a very, very long read, and if I could go back in time I would skip the middle 300 pages of this book.

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