Shadow of Night was both compelling and and slightly dissapointing. It's been long enough since I read [b:A Discovery of Witches|8667848|A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)|Deborah Harkness|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1322168805s/8667848.jpg|13190160] that a little more back-story (what exactly is a daemon in this universe?) would have been helpful.
The author's "day job" as a historian shows in the well-created scenes of times past, yet the threads of the past and present didn't quite mesh into a completed whole. While I enjoyed reading, in general, I felt the book went in circles and somewhat suffered from "middle of trilogy" syndrome as Harkness tries to get her heroine from the exciting beginning to the grand resolution that is fated for the climax of the last volume.
My favorite moment of the book was the discussion of vampire novels