Shadow of Night is the second book in the All Souls Trilogy, the first of which was A Discovery of Witches and was pretty awesome. (Obviously, don’t read this if you haven’t read ADoW yet, cause SPOILERS FOR THAT FIRST BOOK.) Shadow of Night suffers a little bit from second-book syndrome, but it was still pretty good.
This picks up right where the first book left off – with Diana and Matthew arriving to the year 1590 in England. The basic idea is that they’ll find a powerful witch to teach Diana about her magic, try to get a look at Ashmole 782, then head back to the present to face the Congregation. Of course it doesn’t happen quite like that, as Matthew’s past wraps them up in courtly intrigue, family ties, and the people around them.
Matthew and Diana are in the past for pretty much the whole book, which disappointed me a little. I got a little attached to some of the secondary characters in the first book, so I missed them in this one. The past was interesting, and it was fun to see Diana get all excited to meet or run into all these historically famous people. She also gets to meet a lot more of Matthew’s family, which was sometimes a good thing and sometimes kind of sucked. There are little glimpses of the present-day, mostly via newspapers, but that was nice. A lot more good things happen, but I don’t want to spoil anything.
Like I sad, definite second-book syndrome here. Even though I still flew through this book in a short amount of time, it dragged in large sections. Some stuff goes on and is discovered that will play a big role in the third book, but mostly this book was a lot of filler. Like Diana spending weeks trying to learn how to fit in during this time period, and Diana spending tons of time playing around with alchemy, etc. I kind of wanted to shake her, because she definitely didn’t make learning about her magic and finding the book a priority. I was also a little sad that Matthew was always busy doing Matthew-stuff, cause it didn’t leave much time for their still-new romance to develop a little more.
On the plus side, more great characters emerged (Gallowglass!!) and a couple new bad guys. The slowness of this book at least pretty much ensures that the last book will be epic and action-packed. I wish there was a title or release date for the next book, but there isn’t yet. Can’t wait to read it!
Anyone else read it and agree with the second-book syndrome thing?
Sarah Says: 3 stars