The continuation of a magical and engaging love story spiced with history and alchemy, topped off by another masterful performance by Jennifer Ikeda.
Jennifer Ikeda is perfect. Her characterizations are flawless and easy to fall into.
It was a good sequel but lacked some of the magic of the first book. Deborah Harkness has a way of constructing sentences that flow into rhythmical paragraphs which leave you exceptionally satisfied. I feel I have inhabited the world she has created, wether reading the novel or listening to the audio book. Jennifer Ikeda makes that world come alive brilliantly.
I had never heard of this author. I thought her first book in this series was something else. This book is even better. She weaves history into the story and brings both to life. Can't wait for her next book!
Adventurous, Historical, Captivating
Diana Bishop is my favorite character in this book because she shows so much courage and kindness throughout the story. I would love to be half the women she is. You learn more about who her parents are and why they had to put a spell on her for her own good.
I don't like to give away good parts but I will just say that it doesn't disappoint.
Their were several parts that made me chuckle and get teary eyed. It's a mixed emotion type of book.
I know it might seem boring in parts( If you don't like History you might have a problem with this book) but stick with it and you won't be disappointed. The Narrator did an excellent job at the many different accents in this story. She never bored me.
Time listening to a book is always well-spent. How often my mind wanders is an indicator of the quality of the book.
Most interesting was the different strengths of the witches, the knots. Least interesting were the characters of Marlowe and Shakespeare.
Interesting voice changes.
Would need lots of editing.
Book had some transition problems. Was really looking forward to the second book. so I listened to The Discovery of Witches again. A much better book.
I loved the first book, A Discovery of Witches, and enjoyed the continuation of the story of Diana and Matthew's adventure, but have had a VERY hard time finishing this story. There are way too many characters and the author does not take the time to develop more than a few of them. Each time I start listening, I have to back up several chapters to review who's who and what's happening or I'm lost. I've actually started the story from the beginning more than once and I'm starting to wonder just how much I care. I really want to like this book, and want to listen to all three in the trilogy, but if this one had been first, it would have been the last for me.
I hope hot
I liked her Diana very much in the first book, but she seemed rather lifeless in this book. I don't think it was the narrator's fault, however.
I suppose, but I'd like to see someone I've never heard of in the major roles.
This is a lovely follow-up to A Discovery of Witches. As in the first book, the love story between the central characters is believable (which is saying a lot since we're talking about romance between a witch and a vampire), but it's the rich texture the author creates that makes this story so engrossing. This is made even more enjoyable by the narration which couldn't be more perfect or more appropriate. As I listen to the story, I see the colors, smell the smells, and hear the crinkle of the fabrics. Also well developed is the process of our modern day heroine learning to fit in to her new 16th century world; a process that highlights the world of a woman of that time.
I found this book to be just as good as the first, and I'm anxiously looking forward to the third book in this series.
I couldn't wait for this second book and then "simply devoured it"! It was twisty and suspense-filled and as good as the first. Now I can't wait for #3!
Having truly enjoyed the first, I found myself wanting more. As with most second books in a series, this one has now set the stage for the third. Still a great performance and well worth the read!