- Title: Shadow of Night: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy)
- Classification: Adult Fiction
- Genre: Paranormal
- Hardcover: 592 pages
- Publisher: Viking Adult (July 10, 2012)
- ISBN-10: 0670023485
- ISBN-13: 978-0670023486
"You don't like the unknown, Diana, but sometimes you've got to embrace it."
When Diana Bishop first laid eyes on Ashmole 782 she knew it was different. She could feel it before ever opening it. She had no idea what she'd just discovered. When supernatural beings started showing up all around her, she didn't instantly make the connection to the book. She thought it had something to do with the Vampire who appeared to be stalking her. If she'd been a little more observant, if she'd given it a little more thought, perhaps she would have made the connection on her own, but it took Matthew Clairmont to spell it out for her.
The supernatural races are diminishing. "The daemens are getting wilder. Vampire blood is sometimes incapable of transforming a human. And witches aren't producing as many offspring." The survival of the supernatural population is coming into question. Amidst all the chaos and confusion, a book once only rumored to exist was uncovered by a witch who had no wish to be one. That book was believed to contain the origins of supernatural beings. Something no one had seen in a very long time. But the book seemed to also have a special connection to Diana and Matthew. For no one but Diana had ever been able to summon the book. It had been hidden among the stacks in Oxford's Bodleian library for years and was thought to have been lost forever. When one of the missing pages is found, however, it appears to have a link to the alchemical wedding. Curiously, the bride and groom depicted in the picture bear a striking resemblance to Diana and Matthew. Coincidence? Is there truly such a thing?
Determined to discover the mystery behind Ashmole 782 and their link to it, Diana and Matthew will take a step back in time to find the book in it's entirety. They'll attempt to find Diana a teacher to train her to use her powers. They'll try to decipher what the book reveals. All while hiding from the very people who threaten their lives and relationship.
"Black is the badge of true love lost. The hue of daemons, and the Shadow of the Night."
Overall, I gave this book 5 out of 5 roses. It was well written and I loved the descriptions Ms. Harkness included. I felt I was right beside the characters experiencing things with them. I love the mystery that has yet to be revealed as to what significance the missing pages hold. While I'm hesitant to classify this series a romance, Matthew and Diana are fully entwined in their romance in this book. For that reason, on the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one gets a FAN rating - the temperature in the room seems to have suddenly gone up a couple of degrees and a fan would be nice.
Notes to keep you in the know:
There was a Matthew Roydon living in 1590 who was a member of the School of Night, although little is known about him. Here is a link which goes more in depth as to who the man was: http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Roydon,_Matthew_(DNB00)