Well I finally finished the second book in the trilogy! SQUEEEEEEEEEE
Okay, now that I got that out of my system, I am here to tell you all about how much I fan girled over this book. I had finished ADoW ages, AGES ago (nearly two years ago actually) and when I got Shadow of Night in California last year, I was like, oh shit. I don't remember anything except they didn't bone which was SO DISAPPOINTING, and there was some manuscript and evil dudes and shit. So I put it on my shelf and life happened and I forgot about it until I finished reading all the books in the Gaslight Mysteries series.
So I went and bought ADoW, since I had borrowed it the first time, and devoured it, utterly, all over again. Damn it's a good book. I mean, yeah, the vampire romance shit where he won't have sex with her, ugh, TWILIGHT you ruin everything. But anyways, I devoured it, all so I could dive immediately into the next book which is just such a sumptuous, rich and heady experience. To remain in a fictional world you've grown to love and daydream over is such a treat. Harry Potter fans who started when the first book came out, you have my sympathy. I started when book four was out.
Anyways, Shadow of Night takes place immediately after A Discovery of Witches end, and let's just say they go back in time to Elizabethan England okay? And Christopher Marlowe, Henry Percy, Elizabeth herself, George Chapman and all these other fuckers I never learned about but who lived and were like famous and stuff. And since Deborah Harkness, the author, is herself an extensively learned historian, much like the main character, Diana Bishop, what you experience as you read is nothing short of legitimate glimpse into life back in the 1590s.
If you recall, A Discovery of Witches was all about how there are different creatures in our world: witches, vampires and daemons. Witches and vampries are similar to our own ideas of what they are, but daemons are wildly creative, artistic souls (which is why Marlowe and Chapman are daemons in Harkness's world). And in this world of creatures, there is trouble afoot: they seem to be dying out. That is what essentially brought Matthew Clairmont (Matthew Roydon in 1591, a member of the School of Night - wiki that shit) and Diana Bishop together in the first book. He desires Ashmole 782 because he believes it holds answers to the origins and maintenance of the creatures' individual species, and Diana accidentally unlocks the spell that binds the manuscript.
God I sound like such a fan girl. HAY GUISE LET ME JUST TELL YOU THE WHOLE DAMN STORY IN A BLOG HAHAHAH
Shadow of Night continues Diana and Matthew's journey into the past, her journey of how to understand and harness the magic that so recently was unbound, and to keep their relationship secret since, oh you know, the different species of creatures are forbidden to intermingle. Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!
If you can't tell, I just recently finished this book and am still all aflutter over it. And now I have to wait God knows how long until the third and final book comes out.
One thing I want to say is that it really is best that you read A Discovery of Witches first. Sometimes you can get away with jumping in the middle and visiting the beginning a little later on down the line, but Harkness doesn't do too well with jogging a reader's memory, which is why I had to go buy and reread the first book. But whatever! Who gives a shit! Go buy and read this book! Read them both! Thank me later!
P.S. They finally have sex