Rich. Compelling. Intriguing. Multi-layered. Passionate. Favorite.
These are all words I’ll be using t describe Deborah Harkness’s Shadow of Night (signed copies available, reserve now so we know how many to get!), the sequel to her bestselling debut, A Discovery of Witches, but they’re just not enough. Not by half.
If you haven’t read A Discovery of Witches, I don’t want to give too much away. Diana and Matthew are trying to find a way for Diana to control her magic which leads them into Matthew’s past. But you can’t delve too much in the past without changing the present, and Diana and Matthew are involved with some very big names, people you’ll recognize.
I fell for the characters in A Discovery of Witches, and now there are characters in Shadow of Night I’m equally invested in. Harkness’s take on some of the greatest historical figures is brilliant and completely believable. As Diana and Matthew move through history, we learn about it, and it comes alive, vibrant and real – smells, sights, sounds, they’re all there making this a truly sensual novel in the classic meaning of the word (rather than erotic) -- and I love every the aspect of this book.
There’s wonder and fun, heartbreak and intrigue, and a really cool dog. It’s the perfect sequel, taking us further into their story, giving the characters even more depth, and…well, I’m gushing, but it really is that good.
Now I can’t wait for the third one!