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.
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.
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.
Loved the Discovery of Witches, but book II of this series is nothing but boring. Other's have suggested that the book is very historical, which it may be, but I can get history from better sources. The heroine makes silly mistakes (continuing to forgive Kit is just one example) that makes the book even more difficult to enjoy.
The narrator is wonderful! Her delightful voice was the one bright spot in the entire 24 hour audiobook.
It's fairly derivative. There's an eyerolling scene in which the main characters criticize the sterotypes of modern vampire fiction even as the whole book falls 100% into the realm of sterotypical vampire fiction. Pot and kettle for sure!
I liked the idea of a mystery built around a library book. But ever since the story went into sappy annoying romance fiction it pretty much lost me.
No. She kinda plays into what's worst about the book instead of trying to make it better. And she makes the main female character even more sniveling than she is written.
Let's hope not.
It was ok, but I doubt I'll bother to read the last in the trilogy. The first book was somewhat interesting, but this was just annoying.