Give me water to swim and surf in. That with a glass of white wine and the sun. That's heaven.
Once again Deborah Harkness has hit a home run out of the park. When I read her first volume " A DISCOVERY OF WITCHS", I wasn't sure when I'd ever read such a well written book that kept me on the edge of my seat. I normally don't go into this genre, but after starting the journey with Diana Biship and Matthew Roydan, I became an avid champion. On finishing the first book, I couldn't wait for the second of the trilogy to come out. It's been a year now and after finishing "SHADOW OF NIGHT", I'll probably listen to it again, at least once. Unlike some books where a feel like skipping ahead, that is not the case here. You never know when you might miss something important! This book was worth the wait and I already can't wait for the next volume from Deborah Harkness. Jennifer Ikeda does a masterful job in her narration and brings each character to life with her own masterful talant. She is the ultimate narrator as far as I'm concerned.
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The narration was OUTSTANDING. You really have to give it to Jennifer Ikeda, she was consistent and interesting, but I wish I could say the same for the plot. It may not be fair to compare the sequel to the original but certain parallels must be drawn. The first book was fast paced, edge of your seat, couldn’t put it down, amazing. The second installment gave such details on the history that I kept waiting for the story, it eventually came but I shudder to think what the editor crossed out if all of this historical context made it in. I understand setting up the scene, but Deborah Harkness set up the scene of historical Elizabethan England wonderfully…….and then she walked you through it one piece at a time so you FULLY understood it all. There were about 6 hours of detailed scenery imaging and clothing specifics that I am just never going to get back, and did nothing to further the plot.
Diana fully came into her own in this book, and I enjoyed that, but rather than becoming an equal with Mathew, Mathew just disappeared. In the first book we fell in love with Mathew, with his ideas, strong stance, his wonderful wolfish nature all wound up in a dominating package that begged the reader to stand up and take notice. I expected him to be his cool and calm domineering self but instead his plot lines were lost, and he became a secondary character only brought out when Diana’s story demanded it. I sincerely hope the third installment of the series gives him a voice again.
I am glad that I bought this book, it does round out some lingering questions from the first book, but I feel the relevant plot material could have been taken care of in about 12 hours, rather than 24. I encourage Deborah Harkness to get back to basics….THE PEOPLE, not the scenery, or the historical context.
I preferred her first book, A Discovery of Witches, and the mystery surrounding Ashmole 782 (or however that is spelled). This book instead moved in more of how difficult it is to love a vampire. I love books about the unknown, lots of mystery, a little romance...this became all about the romance. Or at least it did until I just could not take it anymore! I stopped little more than a quarter of the way through and have NO desire to finish. Too bad, I would have loved the mystery!
I think I will revisit the first two books right before I get the third book.
My favorite character has to be Phillip. He wasn't in much of the book but I grew to really love the man with his 'win me over'/ 'prove yourself' attitude, protectiveness, humor, forgiveness, compassion and protectiveness. I wish we had more of him.
Don't think so. Not sure. She has a pleasent voice to listen to and I didn't find anything annoying about her reading. So I gave her a good score.
Contemporary Romeo and Juliet meets Outlander by Diana Gaboldon.
For those who are reading this for a plot review:
D and M go back in time, meet friends, juggle some witch hunts, meet M's dad, get married again, get pregnant, run around England, France, and another country (it has escaped me), meet D's dad, and come home to family. Of course I left a lot of the details out but gave enough to make you wonder about each person/place.
I liked the historical fiction but some areas were less interesting than others, so it seemed long and wordy. I'm sure this is only me having issues. I like a lot of action and fast moving plots to hold my interest. I can't wait for the next book!
Science writer in America's heartland
While I love this book and the first in the series -- and will listen to both a second time -- I have two minor criticisms for this second installment.
First, it's essentially two books crammed into one; the first half could be a book unto itself. The action takes place in several countries, as it does in "Discovery of Witches," but I didn't feel such a strong connection to each location this time around. Had the one book actually been two, maybe the author would have had more time to flesh out the different settings.
Second, was it really necessary for Diana and Matthew to meet so many famous historical figures on their time-travels through Europe? Sure, it was fun, but the characters that I liked best were the less-famous ones who aren't as often found in history books.
As I said, these are minor flaws, and I still enjoyed the book immensely.
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
As with the first book, this one was just way too long! It could have been so much better if it were at least 8 hours shorter. There were too many mundane details about clothes, food and even the weather that never really moved the plot along. I also didn't care much for the many characters (historical or otherwise) that really served no purpose to the story.
It was a struggle to finish this book and I must confess I'm not sure I will continue with book 3.
I was glad to find that there was a sequel to 'Discoveries of Witches'. Exciting and page turn is this 2nd book like the first. With spells, weaving, vampires and demons. This book is full of the present and European past. Ready for the last of this series.
The best part of this book is that it takes you back in time. Love that it was a historical fiction and learned so much. Mathew and Diana take you all across Europe on an amazing adventure to meet Queen Elizabeth and William Shakespeare. If you thought book one was good you will fall head over heals over this one. The book hangover will last for awhile, good thing book three is not that long of a wait for me. I am pulling my hair here, wanting to find out how the story will end.
The ending of book one indicates the characters will grow in book two. It took till chapter 18 for me to hear anything that sounded like the book I was lead to believe this one would be.
Our female lead character is whiny. She is supposed to be an educated woman yet she repeatedly questions "who am I?" and "what does this mean?". And she does things that a smart woman wouldn't do. She takes risks that are not necessary for the story. They seem only to take up space in the book.
Yes the narration is good. I have no issues with the narrator.
Everything, had potential and went nowhere. Time travel and no imagination. Characters went from interesting to boring.
The fantasy element was lost, even with the time travel, there was no WoW factor
she tried to keep me interested
Can I call for a do-over
Don't waste your time. Even for a geek/nerd and a closet romance freak with intelligence higher than the average gnat this will bore you to tears. I don't like seeing a woman who is independent spiral into this helpless heroine who is subservient to her master. Main character lost her spirit. It makes me want to return the first one also, because it can't be finished .