2016 Reading Challenge: Book 14


A Trilogy: All Souls by Deborah Harkness, Book 2: Shadow of Night

Shadow of the Night is book two in the All souls trilogy. After a long, drawn out first book, which I gave lukewarm reviews, I had hoped book two would make up for the dragging parts in book one. Alas, it did not. Virtually ZERO plot happens in book two. It is almost entirely 500+ pages of descriptive prose. A total waste of time that can be summed up in the following sentence:

Diana and Matthew travel back to Elizabethan England, she becomes pregnant, learns a tiny bit of magic, and they come home.

The end. Everything else is the author’s historical fervor for the Elizabethan period of English history in which she describes in minute detail every meal, article of clothing, accented phrase, and famous person of the era.

Snooze fest. Particularly to anyone who has taken Shakespeare 101.

Not to mention the really problematic manner in which she glosses over the whole time travel/rewriting history aspect of the story that would make even the writers of the epic Dr. Who cry.

dr. who

Because wibbly wobbly, timey wimey….

I am only continuing with book three because I am a trooper. Also, I have invested so much time into this series that I feel a compulsion to know how it ends.


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