Book review: Shadow of Night

This paranormal romance story is full of lots of surprise cameos.
This paranormal romance story is full of lots of surprise cameos.

BOOK: Shadow of Night
AUTHOR: Deborah Harkness
PUBLISHER: Hachette Aust
RRP: $29.99

THERE'S lots of good fun to be had in Deborah Harkness' Shadow of Night, particularly since it's set in the time William Shakespeare's career is about to take off.

In the follow to her Discovery of Witches, Oxford professor Diana Bishop, descended from a long line of witches, and her lover, scientist and vampire Matthew Clairmont have travelled back in time to Elizabethan England, seeking safety because they have broken the laws dividing creatures through their union.

As Matthew reclaims his former life as a spy for the Queen, he falls back in with the group of radicals called The School of Light, which includes the sharp-tongued Christopher Marlowe.

Many of the group are "daemons", including Marlowe, a creature who commands an uncommonly rich amount of data about the ways of the "other world".

As Matthew and Diana search London for an elusive manuscript, they realise the past might not be as safe as they thought.

The story moves a bit slowly, but Harkness depicts a 16th century that's densely populated with fascinating characters, slices of history and very colourful.

Some historical figures even turn out to be supernatural creatures.

The paranormal romance story is full of lots of surprise cameos and fun facts and delightfully blends fantasy with history and wonderful romance.

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