Review – Shadow of Night(All Souls Trilogy #2)

Shadow of Night(All Souls Trilogy #2)
By: Deborah Harkness
Release Date: July 10th, 2012
Publisher: Viking Adult
Series: All Souls Trilogy
Award: Goodreads Choice Award for Paranormal Fantasy and Nominee for Goodreads Author (2012)

So, as if the world of fantasy wasn’t enough for Deborah Harkness we pick up amid time travel with Diana and Matthew as they are now in Elizabethan London.

Diana is looking for a tutor to help her grow her magical skill, Matthew is looking for answers in his past and both of them are focused on finding out more about Ashmole 782.

I’ll admit that this book felt a little too long and that I found myself wanting to “get it over with” at times but each time that happened something interesting took place and I was sucked back into the side of liking the story.

Overall not a bad installment but can feel myself straining with this series now. Also, Matthew is insufferable and far too cliche with the tortured vampire trope. I understand the reasons he is dark and brooding but, seriously now, how many times can he go on and on about how dangerous he is, how he’s lost people he loves, etc.

The cameos by historical figures were entertaining in this installment and I enjoyed those funny little moments of humanizing them.

All in all, not a bad book. Not a great book. As a part two in a trilogy it was okay but I’m worried my enjoyment for this series is dwindling.

About author

Brittney Soban

Brittney is a writer, reader and general lover of all things that end up printed on a page. With a few published poems and a lot of unpublished stories and novels she spends her days doing a nine to five job while wishing she was home working on the worlds she loves to create. As “punishment”, her and her brothers were banned from watching television for a week, leading to Brittney deciding that the free books at the library were better than TV and, in a very Matilda fashion, she took home loads of books every day and has never looked back. A reader of all types of literature, she will read practically anything put in front of her as long as something within it, no matter how small, sparks her interest. Give her high fantasy, science fiction, mystery, it doesn’t matter, but her love does lie within the fantasy and YA genres. A series junkie on top of everything else, she picks and chooses when to begin a series based on how many standalone books also await her attention in her to be read pile. Once she starts a series she will read every installment available back to back until she finishes a series or is forced to wait for the next publication. Called a book dragon by her boyfriend, the term is fitting as she owns more books than anything else and is quite sure her obituary will state she died under an avalanche of books. She truly wouldn’t have it any other way.

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