This novel written in present day England spans into the past and includes the lives of witches, deamons, and vampires. The three races of creatures are part of the natural world, but are facing extinction in the face of human and other changes in the world. This story is really fascinating and the characters are superb. The reader does a great job bringing them all to life. Great new vampire love story that tops the others presently available. Can't wait for the next two parts of the trilogy.
Dear Ms. Harkness: thank you for writing this fabulous book. Now, hurry up and turn out another!
this book took forever to step off the starting line. And, when it finally did, it was so predictable and trite that it had no appeal. Extremely predictable and, frankly, dumb.
How on earth did this book rate 4 stars?? I tried to give it a chance but finally got so disgusted and irritated that I deleted it from my library half way thru the first part. Don't waste your credit on this awful book.
I was extremely disappointed by the saccharine dialogue and trite vampire / human romance that this LONG novel became after a decent opening premise. I kept listening and hoping it would get better, but it didn't. It just kept on being an annoying, cloying, trite romance that made me throw up in my mouth a little.
Starts a bit slow but then you are pulled into the story and I had a hard time turning it off. I didnt know it was the first of a trilogy though so now I'm disappointed not to have conclusions. Well written and new take on whats becoming an old theme. Love the 'house' later in the book!
As I started reading this I thought that it was going to be another "Twilight wanna be" but about half way through I was proved oh so wrong. Deborah Harkness knows her history and her characters reflect her love of it. I will be eagerly waiting for the second installment!
It's really my own fault I didn't particularly care for this book - maybe if I hadn't read my daughter's copies of the Twilight series I would have liked it more - but it is yet another rehash of the "I've fallen in love with a vampire who doesn't trust himself with me but I know he loves me so much he will never hurt me" thing. Noble vampire, and a woman who loves him enough to put her life in his hands, etc. I'm tired of women falling in love with vampires and all the weird sexual/blood sucking tensions- and I guess I hadn't realized that this was another of those books. I got halfway through and couldn't finish. But if that's your thing, go for it.
The book started out interesting enough. You get introduced to a world where witches, vampires, and demons live in secret among the humans. The main character, Diana, also starts off seeming complex and intriguing.
Unfortunately, the book quickly descends into dull non-adventure and domesticity. Diana turns into a naive, damsel-in-distress. Really, once she is welcomed into the bosom of her vampire boyfriend's family, you get stuck in a section of the story that could have almost been entirely cut out and was a huge yawn.
The book doesn't really end, it just kind of stops. I assume this is for sequels, but I won't be buying any of them. Hey, if maudlin supernatural romance is for you, then that's fine. It's just not for me and I was disappointed in this book.
p.s. Vampire/demon/witch yoga... really? For some reason, this stretched my disbelief too far. It just seemed silly.