Harkness has a way of writing a story that is compelling and compulsively readable while including story elements that some readers will find maddening. To wit: Matthew’s disturbing overprotectiveness, Diana’s insufferable smugness and sense of her own awesomeness and a plot that meanders its way across Europe and back again. Shadow of Night rises above these flaws on the strength of Harkness’ writing and attention to the tiniest of historical details.

Picking up where A Discovery of Witches left off, Diana and Matthew find themselves in Elizabethan England, just as a witch hunt starts to heat up in Scotland. They’ve decided to travel back in time for two reasons: to lay their hands on the mysterious tome known as Ashmole 782 and to find a teacher for the spellbound Diana. And not only must Diana adjust to life 400 years in the past, she also has to deal with Matthew’s family and his increasing overprotectiveness. As they travel across Europe, they each must confront their deepest fears and learn to be true partners. (VIKING, Jul., 592 pp., $28.95)
Reviewed by: 
Natalie A. Luhrs