Shadow of Night

Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harnkness' trilogy begins where a Discovery of Witches leaves off.  Exactly where it leaves off.  Diana and Matthew have traveled back in time to the reign of Elizabeth I.  Matthew, a spy for the queen, and Diana are still searching for the alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782.  Diana believes this might be able to explain her powers.

The book follows the exploits of Diana and Matthew as they search. Matthew's group of friends include Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare, Percy, Lord Northumberland among others.  Not everyone is who they appear to be.  While searching for a witch to teach Diana how to control and use her powers, they are turned into the church for punishment.  As there are witch trials going on in Scotland at the time, this is especially perilous for Diana.  Matthew has risked the wrath of the Congregation by marrying Diana, vampires marrying witches is a strictly forbidden act.

Using his connections ( after all Matthew has lived in this time period before) Matthew tracks down where the manuscript is. But can they get it? The story line rips through Matthew and Diana's time in London and continental Europe while they try to stay alive and find the manuscript all without changing the future. And then get back to the present intact.

I loved this book. Part love story, thriller and lots of historical settings and characters. I am a big fan of the first book, A Discovery of Witches, and I loved this one too.

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