I'm really excited about July's Book Club pick. I read the first book in this trilogy back in January and have had to live with the anticipation for almost six long months. Finally the wait will be over next month. Shadow of Night is my Book Club pick for July. It's the second in the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness and will be released on July 10.
The books focus on Diana Bishop, a witch, and Matthew Clairmont, a vampire and the search for an ancient manuscript, Ashmole 782. Although Diana and Matthew are programmed to loathe each other - creatures are only supposed to socialize with their own kind, Diana and Matthew flaunt their rule breaking and eventually fall in love. The mystery of Ashmole 782 increases and as A Discovery of Witches builds up to the final cliffhanger, everyone is searching for Diana and Matthew in hopes of getting their hands on Ashmole. and unlocking its secrets. Matthew and Diana realize they cannot fight this battle when Diana doesn't know how to use any of her powers. They decide to go back in time to find a witch tutor for Diana, so when the fight for Ashmole does come, they are prepared.
Here is the Shadow of Night synopsis from Goodreads:
"Together we lifted our feet and stepped into the unknown"—the thrilling sequel to the New York Times bestseller A Discovery of Witches
Deborah Harkness exploded onto the literary scene with her debut novel,A Discovery of Witches, Book One of the magical All Souls Trilogy and an international publishing phenomenon. The novel introduced Diana Bishop, Oxford scholar and reluctant witch, and the handsome geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont; together they found themselves at the center of a supernatural battle over an enchanted manuscript known as Ashmole 782.
Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches’ cliffhanger ending,Shadow of Night plunges Diana and Matthew into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens.
Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries, delivering one of the most hotly anticipated novels of the season.
I'm counting down the days until Shadow is released. This is a book that you will need to read the first book, A Discovery of Witches before diving into Shadow of Night. It's worth it, the book was a great read. I've already written a review of Discovery, but I will re-post.