Monday, May 20, 2013
Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
I'm not a fan of the witch/vampire/werewolf genre. But I love a good story. I was given a Dean Koontz book (Odd Apocalypse...other worldly creatures) and enjoyed every minute of it. Historical fiction is a personal weakness...however...
What to make of Shadow of Night? It's a witch story in which (sorry) the main character goes back to late 16th century England for a bunch of reasons, including looking for a lost manuscript. She goes with a vampire geneticist. Oh, and I also love time travel books. Are we starting to see the cliches and genres piling up? No matter, Harkness makes them work.
I wasn't a fan of the name dropping early on and got a little lost in the first - too many - pages of the book. But slogging through that yielded a fun story that kept me reading. After that the pace picks up and I love this kind of peek into history with a few crazy turns along the way.
This book sold really well in hard copy and is now coming out in paperback ....just in time for summer reading!!!! Worth it? Absolutely. I find it hard to believe that this book will be anyone's favorite but it's just so enjoyable. I'm so glad I read this book!