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<b><p>"Together we lifted our feet and stepped into the unknown"—the thrilling sequel to the <i>New York Times</i> bestseller <i>A Discovery of Witches</i></p></b><p>Deborah Harkness exploded onto the literary scene with her debut novel, <i>A Discovery of Witches</i>, Book One of the magical <i>All Souls Trilogy</i> and an international publishing phenomenon. The novel introduced Diana Bishop, Oxford scholar and reluctant witch, and the handsome geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont; together they found themselves at the center of a supernatural battle over an enchanted manuscript known as Ashmole 782.</p><p>Now, picking up from <i>A Discovery of Witches’</i> cliffhanger ending, <i>Shadow of Night</i> plunges Diana and Matthew into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens.</p><p>Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries, delivering one of the most hotly anticipated novels of the season.</p>
<strong>Amazon Best Books of the Month, July 2012</strong>: Deborah Harkness burst onto the scene with her 2011 debut <em>A Discovery of Witches</em>, a book that introduced legions of fans to Diana Bishop, an Oxford scholar, and Matthew Clairmont, a handsome geneticist. Diana also happened to be a witch, and Matthew a vampire—and readers couldn’t get enough of them, right up to the thrilling cliffhanger ending. Now <em>Shadow of Night</em> picks up where the first book leaves off, with Diana and Matthew entering Elizabethan London, where Mathew is part of the mysterious School of Night, a group that counts Christopher Marlowe and Sir Walter Raleigh among its members. Characterization, a great eye for detail, and a story that takes some notable twists and turns make this a great novel that will more than live up to eager fans’ expectations. It’s even better than the first. -- <em>Chris Schluep</em>