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Thursday 8 November 2012

Review: Shadow of Night

Publisher: Headline
Hardback: £ 16.99

I read the first book in this trilogy about 6 weeks ago (Discovery of Witches) and despite initial reservations loved it. Alas, I am not totally enamoured with part 2!!

I will start with what I did like.....

  • The recaps were minimal and that was pretty damn good as I get annoyed when they are very obviously thrown in your face. 
  • Phillipe is a total and utter beast, a great character and I loved him.
  • Gallowglass was also an AMAZING character and I want him to be my friend.
  • I thoroughly enjoyed the chapters plonked back in the modern day. They were few and far between but they were totally fantastic and provided a great line of intrigue to spur me through. 
  • The last quarter was great and totally worth reading the other 3/4.
What I didn't like....
  • Diana was a door mat and Matthew was a total dick for the majority of the book.
  • The amount of time spent in 1590 seemed a bit excessive....I agree with my bezzie on this point.
  • The past chapters/portions were VERY hit or miss up until the last 1/4 when the fun started.
  • The very last chapter was odd beyond belief and didn't really fit in.

Yes, I enjoyed the book to an extent but I did not love it as much I hoped/expected. Harkness is indeed a VERY intelligent woman to delve in to such history so successfully and create not only the characters but the attitudes, fashions, manners and locations with such skill. I will of course read the final part when it comes out as I have to know what happens next. But, if this was the first book, I don't think I would have moved on to book two...however, as with many trilogies, book 2 is always a let down.

Happy Reading

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