This is one of those books I just couldn't stop listening to. I think I finished the entire book in just over a week - I can't wait for the next one. I am assuming it will be a series since the book ends without wrapping anything up-- it's good to be prepared for this. I loved the mix of characters and the re-imagining of the relationship between vampires, witches, & daemons in the world. Although, the author doesn't really explain how she arrived at her description of daemons which is nothing like what you may have in mind. Harkness wove historical happenings and myths around alchemy easily into the contemporary setting of the story. Excellent read - I am already thinking about reading it again.
This debut novel is full of historical reference, fantasy and romance. I have recently been drawn to the Vampire genre with mixed reviews but Ms. Harkness has written a book that has me anxious for more.
I'm a commuter like so many fans of Audible.com. I'm in the car for 2 hours a day so I go through a lot of books. But Harkness had me so hooked on the story of Diana and Mathew that I couldn't stop listening. Sitting in the drive way longer. Hoping for red lights. And finally pulling out the earbuds so I could continue the story inside. Alas, it was over to quickly.
Completely enjoyed this book. The narrator was wonderful and brought all the characters to life for me. Moves at a leasurely pace at some points but then I don't listen to audio books to rush through them anyway. Enjoyed all the history and can't wait for book 2.
This book has something for everyone! It has a fast paced plot that includes fantasy, romance, action, suspense, mystery, and historical fiction. The narrator was excellent especially considering the many accents that were required for the characters.
I wrote to the author on her Facebook page and she wrote me back almost immediately! Good news for anyone else who enjoyed this book!
Me: Just finished your book which I purchased from audible.com
I was hooked right away and thought the narrator was wonderful in further bringing the characters to life. I'm so glad to read there's going to be a second book! I was wondering if you were thinking of writing a series? I hope so!!! This is what i have been looking for since Twilight and Harry Potter. I especially love what the true historical parts bring to the story. It helps make the story come to life! Thank you! :)
Deborah Harkness: There will be two more books--and I agree that Jennifer Ikeda is fantastic. I've been listening to it as I travel and it's brought the whole book back to life for me, too.
The only thing I wish was different about this book is that, at times, I wish the story would slow down and go into more depth, especially about some of the historical aspects of this book. Perhaps an illustrated version would be available someday? :)
I cannot rave enough about this book! This is such a nice respite from all of the YA fantasy! Jennifer Ikeda is fantastic! She can switch between several different accents flawlessly - you know exactly which character is talking before she gets two words out! My only problem is I don't know how I'm going to be able to survive until the next book comes out :) Definitely pick this book up, guys - you won't regret it!!
This is a little like Twilight and a little like The Physic Book of Deliverance Dane, but different enough to be imaginative and interesting in its own right. It was written for adults who like literary fiction, but is also part mystery and part romance as well. Diana, a young witch determined to cut magic out of her life and make her name through academic acheivement suddenly no longer has that choice as a variety of "creatures", witches, vampires and daemons, begin to focus their collective attention on her and a manuscript she has uncovered from the achives of Oxford. Against her wishes vampire Matthew Clairmont begins to follow her, protecting her from increasing hostilities. With increasing danger and high stakes, an exciting journey begins. Although the narrator struggled a little at times with the variety of different accents, she was a perfect choice for the first person narration of Diana. I look forward to the next installment of what I've heard will be a 3 part series. I highly recommend it!