Shadow of Night is the second book in Deborah Harkness’ All Souls trilogy and finally loses the Twilight vibes from the first novel.
Setting the novel in 1590 in Tudor London, and largely focusing the narrative on witches helped Shadow of Night shake off the modern shackles of the sparkly, obsessive, stalkerish Edward Cullen and give Matthew Clairmont and Diana Bishop their own space in the genre.
Shadow of Night is a strong second novel, and avoids “middle story syndrome.” Too many novels or movies in the middle of a trilogy fail to actually accomplish anything in the book. There’s often a lot of running about while making no real progress toward the story’s end goal. That is not the case here. While Ashmole 782 still holds its’ mysteries, Diana and Matthew accomplish a great deal in Tudor England and Europe.
As with the first novel, I listened to Shadow of Night as an audiobook read by Jennifer Ikeda, and once again her narration was spot on. Ikeda’s inflection and voices are just lovely, and I fully plan to listen to the trilogy’s third book instead of reading it.