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Established in 2007 by the Leatherby Libraries, the Community of Readers is the summer reading program for Chapman University. This program is open to everyone who has borrowing privileges at the Leatherby Libraries and a current library account, including students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Members select books from the Leatherby Libraries and receive prizes upon submission of their first review. The only requirement is that books must be obtained through the Leatherby Libraries.

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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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