The Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness follows Diana Bishop, Matthew de Claremont, and friends into the past of the 16th century. Traveling the Elizabethan world, they meet characters both famous and infamous including Queen Elizabeth. It’s 1590 and Diana is learning how to undo her modern ways, that what she has learned in history books about this world is not exactly all true, and of course who she is and just how powerful a witch she really is.
She also uncovers a few more of Matthew’s secrets and meets his father, Felipe de Claremont, a patriarch even more ancient with the useful learned wisdom of the ages and a healthy checkbook to keep everyone at arms length. Enter Kit Marlow, Mary Sidney, Walter Raleigh, and a host of names you may have once read about in school. Even William Shakespeare makes a cameo appearance. And Queen Elizabeth isn’t the only royalty Diana and Matthew meet. King Rudolph of Prague is very much in play and the key to their efforts for this book.
It’s a unique experience to hear about a place you’ve lived in glowing detail. My modern trainers walked the Golden Lane at Prague Castle. I have been inside St. Vitus Cathedral. I have walked the bridge between the Old Town and Mala Strana. I have haunted these streets and hearing their descriptions read back to me, my heart haunts them still.
If you’re a fan of historical fiction, romance, coming-of-age tales no matter your age, and a healthy dose of magic; then this book is for you.
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