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Review: 'Shadow of Night' by Deborah Harkness is overstuffed but entertaining
Review: 'Shadow of Night' by Deborah Harkness is overstuffed but entertaining

--------------------Shadow of NightA NovelDeborah HarknessViking: 584 pp., $28.95--------------------Writing second installments of planned trilogies is harder than you think. There has to be enough background from the first novel — but not too much — to give newcomers a grasp of the story while advancing the plot for readers eagerly anticipating the challenges of the new book.Deborah Harkness laid the foundation of her "All Souls Trilogy" with "A Discovery of Witches," which introduces historian Diana Bishop, a witch not fully aware of her powers. Studying the history of science at Oxford's Bodleian Library, Diana examines a text known as Ashmole 782 — and her involvement...

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