It am not a fan of the Twilight books as I find them offensive. The lead character is weak and annoying and the love scenes are boring and far too chased, lets not even get into the bedazzled vampires. This is better then that as the lead character is stronger and the love story a bit more interesting but not as fun as say a Sookie Stackhouse novel which I really enjoy. I have read all the Stackhouse novels and am on a search for something I like as much. This book is good and I enjoyed it. I would read or listen to more form Deborah Harkness but I did find the main character to be a bit annoying, she is like the witch in the old show bewitched, all this magic and doesn't use it, stupid. The love story a little slow and chased for my taste but until there are more Sookie books this will do.
I highly recommend the audiobook, because the narrator, Jennifer Ikeda, has an amazing grasp of accents and beautifully reads in at least seven, making the characters come alive.
Harkness evokes a fascinating world where these three species live alongside humans. It's a love story, an adventure, and an historical novel. When this book ended I felt an empty space and a desperation for the story to continue.
The accents and voices she used for the characters were never forced and somehow she made each and every character distinct.
Think you know all there is to know about witches and vampires? Think again.
I felt it was history wrapped up in a awesome story.
Descriptions and details of books, history and order
I liked her voice along with the way she switched into characters
Captivating, Romantic, Intriguing
I was enraptured by the love that developed between two unlikely people. A sci-fi take on Romeo and Juliet.
I loved the scene when Matthew comes back from Oxford and tells Diana he loves her.
Great read! Cannot wait until July for the next book!
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Despite the fact it draws far (far! Far! FAR!) too much on the Twilight novels, I liked the plot. I liked the characters. The narrator did a great job.
That said, I hate to say anything derogatory about a new writer who clearly made such a big effort, but there were sections of dialogue that just made me wince.
At the end of the book, I did look to see when the next book will be released. I look forward to it with some trepidation. Hopefully we'll be past the Twilight-ripoff, though the suggested plot developments make me equally nervous...
If you didn't like (or would never read) the Twilight novels, I can pretty safely say that this series is objectively not for you. For those of us who have read a lot of the modern vampire canon....just brace yourself for the occasional epic dialogue fail.
This book was well written and kept me wanting more.
Diana and Matthew are just a complete set that kept the story going.
it made me feel like I was right there in the moment
the back story of the characters
discovery of romance
This is an amazing book Jennifer Ikeda is a extraordinary narrator I can't wait till second book comes out by far the best book I've ever listen to
I'm still new to the audio book world, but this narrator just grated at me. I thought the story was perfect for an audio book as it was enjoyable to listen to but not deep enough you needed to really think about.
It was a fun creative story. However, it was annoying that it was written for a trilogy so there was no real end, and the next book isn't out yet. By the time the third one is out, I'm sure I will have forgotten about it as enjoyable as the story was, I'm not counting the days for the next one. If I remember, I'll get it.
Anyone! Multiple times I almost gave up listening because of the narrator. Some of her voices, especially the ones with accents, grated. When the next book comes out, if she's the narrator I'll be reading it instead.
This was a wonderful book. At first I was unsure about another story about sexy vampires, but this was really done well. The narrator was very good, though sometimes her voice would change for the same character making it hard to tell who was speaking. I look forward to the next book.
I quickly got tired of the way the main character, Diana lets everyone push her around and abuse her verbally and emotionally. I don't believe that you can, even magically, become a full professor at a young age and not have better survival and people management skills. I had hoped she would be a smart, inquisitive and active participant in her own life and she just wasn't.