The characters are shallow and simple, most scenes look familiar because they've happened in so many other books and movies. I can't respect the main characters at all. They are supposed to be really intelligent but they make loads of stupid decisions. The science is frequently bad. The author is so in love with the romantic idea of the past that she skips over all the hardships of daily life and the story is not believable. I am under the impression the author was simply looking for an excuse to write a story involving some of her favorite historical figures, but did not have the imagination to make them interesting to anyone else.
The sum of it all is a story that is trite and predictable without a single interesting character.
These books are very well written and very creative. If you enjoy being taken on an adventure to forget the reality of everyday life, these books are your passport. Brilliant compilation of past, present and future.
Impossible to choose one character, they are all very interesting and individuilazed! I can relate to many of the characters.
When listening to the seperate voices created by Jennifer Ikeda in conjuction to the descriptive enviroment and characters of Deborah Harkness, at times, I felt as though I was transferred into the story and witnessing the events unfolding. Some books are meant to be read but this book is best told by a talented narrator such as Jennifer Ikeda.
Ask the autor to please write the next book quickly :-)
I like hearing the accents and pronunciations of the reader. It helps move the story along for me.
I would listen to it again because it is a very good story. You care about what is going to happen to the characters and what is going to happen next.
The whole story and that the same performer read this story as she did the first one.
I think Diana and Matthew were my favorites.
Matthew was because he was a vampire and showed such a diversity of emotions.
This is one of those books that pulls you into a whole new world, where you begin to believe that it's all very real while you're in the midst of it. Captivating would be a good word. Anyone who is a history buff along with being a vampire/witch genre fan will get a real kick out of this. A must read! This is intelligently written but also fun all the way.
I loved , "A Discovery of Witches,"and eagerly anticipated the release of this book. I bought it the first day it was available. It is good, but it did not move me like the first one did.
I am enjoying the audiobook at present. I listen when I'm in my car. I have just sat in the car when I have reached my destination just to get past an interesting part.
I listened to Deborah Harkness first book about the Witches and was very happy to find the second in the series. I find her as interesting as Anne Rice's world of vampires although Deborah vampire world is different from Rices.
I forget that it is the same voice as the characters have different cadence.
I am still in the process.
I will look forward to the 3rd in the series
Now, a retired anthropologist with the time to listen to books as I weave, quilt and crank out functional fabrics for fun :)
Try, try again! Time is fluid, change is certain, need more knowledge, go back and find it.
Harkness weaves a fully original text that takes well developed characters with some amazing preternatural skills; back to the time of Shakespeare, in Queen Elizabeth's court.
Jennifer Ikeda's narration merged seamlessly in nuanced voices for each character in ways that marks each of them with a quickly identifiable presence. To listen rather than read, is to effortlessly discover then differentiate your new best friends with their antagonists as you join them on their journey of self discovery through time.
Discovering self is a messy proposition for any Witch in 2012. Going back to 1580 to find your power requires a cast of characters to fill in what modern individualism can't prepare Diana for. The author enchants everyone, past and present into an unquestioned acceptance of the presence of Witches, Demons & Vampires, then develops known character's of history who ring true in their fuller form. In each scene, the humor, fear and pragmatism makes even the action of seaming villains of history; all to real.
What a great series, here is hoping my knew friends will return again, many times. I look forward to joining these well developed characters through time as they discover more about themselves while sheltering amidst past generations. A great way to experience the evolution of social consciousness before it thinks to reach for individualism.
Saundra Lee, In Colorado
I'm an avid reader but when driving or exercising, listening to a great book and a great performance makes time fly!
I have to admit that I didn't enjoy this book as much as I did its predecessor, "A Discovery of Witches." I found it largely uninteresting and much in need of editing.
I will probably read the third installment of this series when it is released but I will not listen to this reader again.
In my opinion, the reading performance of this book was not good. The reader frequently paused in odd places like in the middle of a sentence...and long enough that it gave an auditory cue of being the end of the sentence. The result is a jarring, disjointed experience.
I would and already have. There is just something fasinating about these charactors. The plot is easy to follow, and the timeline is distict.
It's a great sequel to Discovery of Witches. Hope there is a third book in this series!