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.
Wow,I only hope there is more books soon, I love this book and was sad at its ending, but surely there is more????? a very well written story, and the narration was good
At first I thought, In this one Bella,(Diana) although still socially akward, a loner and different from her peers is a 35 year old witch and Edward (Mathew) is an old, handsome, rich vampire with an aquired family.She drinks alot of tea and he drinks alot of wine... But I will say that although I did not think the writing was great I was entertained and there is a set up for a 2nd book. I might listen to it. I gave it 3 stars may have given 3.5 if available.
If you're out of things to listen to and you like the paranormal genre, give this a listen. Otherwise, pick something else. The beginning is quite interesting, then it turns into a sappy romance with two main characters who are really annoying. At first I thought this book had a DaVinci Code feel but then it turned into Twilight for adults - but not as interesting. I have about an hour to go on this book and I will continue listening. I liked it enough to get through it, hence the three stars, but I am really ready for this book to be over. If you are a hopeless, unrealistic romantic you will like this book. Personally, I despise romance novels and it seems like the paranormal genre is now flooded with ridiculous vampires, witches and the like who are whiny, pathetic, love struck saps with a baffling need to be sheltered and protected by a soul mate they are forbidden to be with, despite enormous supernatural abilities and super human power. If you're looking for more of that, this is your book!
It started out with such promise...the story was great but then it turned into an adult version of Twilight except it was a witch and a vampire instead of a human and a vampire. Longing love, sappy looks.
There is a story hidden in there but then the love story gets in the way of a engaging tale about history and alchemy. I hope Harkness will get to it in the next book..yes, it is a sequel.
I'm a mother of 3 kids ages 3-6! I love to read but don't have the time. I found that audiobooks are the thing for me! I can't get enough
I am a fan of the science-fiction and paranormal. I have read so many books pertaining to the supernatural. This one did not disappoint! I just wanted to listen to it all at once! I would definitely recommend it to anyone!!