Absolutely, yes! The subject of magic occurs in more than just the plot, the author casts a wonderful spell in telling this tale of an intellectual professor who tries to deny her gifts and a mysterious research professor who convinces her to acknowledge them while they both plow through ages of adventure in search of a book...
I liked the way this story was spun the most, and that it's author appears to acknowledge that her readers really can deal with an intellectual heroine.
Phillipe's visit to the grove with Diana...
I am reading this book in hard cover and will be listening to my audible version right after because I pick up things I hear in the audible version I missed in the written book and vice versa. The two together make for a fuller experience of the story.
I was in LOVE with the Discovery of Witches! I found that I could not stop listening. I am finding it to much different with Shadow! Where is the "Love" story that had me so interested? I think that there are way too many minute details and not much of what had me captivated in Discovery. The reader is awesome the book is slow! I am half way through and find myself going days without listening. When I do listen I feel it is almost out of obligation to finish rather than the excitement to find out what happens next. Praying for the second half to pick up or I may be "listening" to this book for months!
Adding vampires in setting several hundred years ago is not enough to distract from the fact that its a simple and a little boring love story
5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(
I liked the first book, though it had a slow slow start.
the 2nd book though was slow all the way... it really was slow and long, I do understand the need for such a thing in a book were you are back in time and so on... but still.. the whole goal for going back in time is to learn how to use her magic, but that part was the shortest part in the book, it was just like a side story or something... i didn't like that... she meets who will teach her, and suddenly she knows how to do everything, and the rest of the book was their life in 1590.... i was hoping for the first half of the book to be in the past and the rest to be in the present.
anyways, i didn't like that much, but it gives a loooooong preparation for the next book, which hopefully will be EPIC!!!! and hopefully it wouldn't be about how they are adjusting back to their modern clothing and modern life for the first 90% of the book.
have a listen, so you will have a listen to the next one.
Just a book fool.
It's the King of the Jungle.
It would be impossible to pick a favorite. I loved every minute of this beautiful book and did not mind the endless details of their everyday life. I relished everything I learned about the "characters" from Kit's obsessive love and depression, to Queen Elizabeth's rooting teeth! I absolutely hated to see it end.
Philip definitely steals this show. He is a wonder to behold.
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 love to read, but I am time-limited. Audible allows me to keep up with all my favorite authors while on the hiking trail. Thanks, Audible!
This is the follow-up book to A Discovery of Witches. One of the most brilliant aspects of A Discovery of Witches is that Deborah Harkness did a really good job portraying what it is like to be a woman of letters. In Shadow of Night, she complete destroys the character she has built. She has turned her main female character, Diana, into a vacuous, anxious, and fearful extension of her husband, Matthew. Basically, she has gutted the best part about Diana turning her into a shadow of her former self. Skip 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.
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 .
This is an epic series. The first audio book is very long, as is this audio book. Both really pull the reader/listener in. I've listened to both books a couple of times and always pick up more about the people and times each read. person to person interactions are great. Times in history are also great. What a way to learn history! I'm restlessly awaiting part 3 of this trilogy! I don't want to rush the author because I know it will be well worth the wait. I highly recommend this series and this book in particular.