Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Shadow of Night

Shadow of Night
Deborah Harkness
Call Number
1st Floor McNaughton
Book Review
Shadow of Night is the second book in a trilogy about the hidden supernatural world around us mere humans. Diana, a historian and a witch newly coming into her powers, and her husband Matthew, a geneticist vampire, travel back in time in search of a mysterious book that may shed light on the origins of their species. The only thing I don't like about this series is the romance story - Harkness seems to expect her readers to buy into the "vampires are the perfect lovers" cliche, but in my opinion, Matthew is a sub-par husband. He is moody and controlling and not at all an ideal mate. This detracts from the story for me because I can't get on board with and root for their relationship, which is presented as a powerful love story. Nevertheless this book is an enjoyable romp through history with familiar characters such as Christopher Marlowe and Sir Walter Raleigh, and even a cameo by the Bard himself.
Submitted By
Lauren Menges
Department or Major
Leatherby Libraries

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