Saturday, June 9, 2012

Shelf Candy Saturday (23): Shadow of Night

Shelf Candy Saturday is a meme that celebrates the many times unrecognized, but invaluable hard work of book cover designers. They say never judge a book by its cover, but you know you do!!
So now, run on over to Five Alarm Book Reviews (the creators of this fun meme) and check out more awesome covers!

Well, BEA was ahhh-mah-zing! Talk about Shelf Candy! It was everywhere! I thought I would feature a BEA title for SCS again this week. There were so many beautiful covers throughout the Expo, that it's very hard to choose just one, but I'm going to give it a shot!

Love it!

Shadow of Night is the second book in Deborah Harkness' All Souls Trilogy. The first book was last year's big buzz book, the incredible A Discovery of Witches. Here's a little info to get you caught up in case you haven't heard of this amazing series yet:

Via Goodreads:

A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together.

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice, but it is as contemporary and sensual as the Twilight series-with an extra serving of historical realism.

A Discover of Witches is an amazing blend of fantasy and scholarship featuring witches, vampires and more. I loved it! Now for some info on the much-anticipated sequel Shadow of Night (to be released July 12th, 2012):


"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.

The amazing artist behind both of these covers is Tal Goretsky. I love how both covers have cityscapes at the bottom of the cover page. I also like the use of symbols as part of the design. Classic art and symbols can be found not only on the cover, but also on the spine.

You should swing by Goretsky's blog page, Tal Designz, to check out more of his gorgeous and interesting covers. Here are a few of my favorites:

Aren't these amazing?! Goretsky's use of light and color draws me in and makes me want to know more about these people. Why is he on a bicycle? How does he levitate? - Why is that guy running furtively into an open book? Who is chasing him?  - Where are those pretty ladies going? Why is that one lady not sharing her umbrella? All I know is that I now have three more lovely books to add to my amazingly large and already overwhelming TBR pile. Thanks for being so great Tal Goretsky...thanks alot...

Expected publication: July 12th, 2012 ~ Deborah Harkness' website

Pre-order now at Amazon:

Get caught up with the series:
Well, that's it for this week. Be sure to head to Five Alarm Book Reviews (FABR for the cool kids :) ) and see what everyone else is featuring this week!


  1. I adore the cover for Shadow of Night. It has so many interesting elements that are tied in nicely with the synopsis. I especially like the city landscape at the bottom.
    The artists other work is brilliant! I was not previously familiar with him, so thank you for the wonderful introduction.
    Welcome back from BEA. I can't wait to hear all about it!

    1. I'm working on my BEA posts right now. Today ws the first day that I've felt fully recovered since it ended :)

  2. Hi, Steph!

    What a WONDERFUL post!! These are all GREAT covers! Goretsky is really talented! (He sure looks like a nice, guy, too.) I especially like the covers of the Discovery of Witches series, as well as the one for "Water Ghosts".

    I'll have to get started on Harkness's series. I've heard so much about it!

    Thanks for featuring this great designer, as well as the Harkness books!! : )

  3. I am so glad you chose these covers! I actually was thinking of doing a post on them but you beat me to it! These covers fit the stories perfectly. Perfectly. Ok, I've only read book one so far but the style, the symbols, the cityscapes...they really do fit the world the Harkness created in Discovery of Witches. I really think these are examples of covers that fit seamlessly with the stories that lie between them. Great pick!

  4. This is a wonderful post. Thank you! I didn't know it was by the same artist who did The Shadow Of The Wind. Another beautiful book. I just got a copy of Shadow of Night and I'm super excited to start it. Hope BEA was fun!

  5. Wow, his book covers are all awesome! <3

  6. I like Shadow the Night's cover more than Discovery of Witches'; the colors and design draws you in more and keeps you there longer.

    I also love the cover of Water Ghosts!!

  7. The covers for these books are so mystical and cool! I really cannot wait to one day read these books. :)

  8. Hey, Steph!

    I'd like to let you know that I'm now hosting this meme. Steph @ Five Alarm Book Reviews took down her blog, but, before she did so, she asked me if I wanted to continue with this smeme. I defintiely did, because I LOVE the meme! I have a post up today, with a LInky widget included for participants. Since I do have a line break in the post, you just have to click on "Read more" for the whole post to open up. Then you'll be able to see the Linky at the bottom. Hope you decide to join in!! : )



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