Yes, but will wait for the 3rd book and listen to "A Discovery of Witches", Shadow of Night and the 3rd book in sequence to get the whole story.
Diana, because of all of the things she kept discovering about herself through both of the books.
She is a very good reader that changes her tone and inflections to suit the character.
It was too long to do so, but it I could have it would have been good.
50ish retired public radio news broadcaster, female, rancher. I love good writing from historical fiction and interesting, off beat mysteries to history of religions and interesting biography coupled with excellent voicing. I have no use for poorly delivered reading. I'll suffer though so-so writing if the content is engaging, but if the narrator is bad, I'll buy the book and read it myself.
What if witches, demons and vampires were all around us, leading day to day "normal" lives? What if they faced discrimination because of who they are and had to hide their true identities? What if witches fought among themselves for old secrets and lost power? What if vampires had a strong moral sense and a powerful sense of family? What if they were all dying out? That's the set up for this well told, beautifully read adventure in magic and time travel. Witches and vampires as scholars at Oxford and Yale, and demons as geeks, artists and sweet oddballs. Throw in the odd human as the Queen of England, the Duke of North Umberland and William Shakespere and you have Debra Harkness's "All Souls" trilogy of which this is the second book. Read "Discovery of Witches" first. It's a great read and makes this book even better. The narrator for both is outstanding!
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
I liked the first book more. This one was a bit too long and got away from the issue of our heroine learning about her powers. The last quarter of the book got back into learning to be a witch and mastering her powers, this is where this installment redeemed itself.
Exceptional! The mix of history and time travel was unique. To see how she had to adapt to the "strange culture" was gradual and not as easy as one would believe.
No. However, she was excellent because the story flowed as if timeless.
I love to read and since 2011 I have been mostly listening to audiobooks because oftentimes there is nothing like a good narrator.
I stumbled into this All Sould Trilogy because I thought the book would have plenty of witchcraft, magic, etc. I was disappointed somewhat by the first book in that it didn't explore the main character's magical ability much at all.
That said, I was pulled in because it is still an enjoyable read. I am enjoying both Diana and Matthew's relationship as well as the interaction between 'both sides of the family'. The characters are fleshing out so to speak and becoming very enjoyable.
I would recommend this book to my friend's but in good conscience I have to warn away those looking for a lot of witchcraft and magic. It just isn't here.
Jennifer is SO amazing in everything I have listened to. With that said, there is something special about what she does for this series of stories....I have listened to the first book so many times...it is truly one of my favorites. She takes each character and weaves them into a part of a wonderful tapestry.
I got lost a little in the history of this story, but I still loved it. The people you meet and places you go are such a fabulous adventure. The scenes with both dads made me laugh and cry...and want to slap them at times...but those were my favorites...
The first book still has my heart as my clear favorite though. The wait for Part 3 will feel like forever!
Awesome, awesome, oh, did I mention AWESOME? Wonderful sequel. Can't wait for the next. Great story and great narration. Who knew I could get sucked into the world of vampires and witches? (No pun intended). LOVED IT!
Great story Line but a little bit too slow for me
Buffy maybe (have only seen bits and pieces of that show...)
the accents of the characters.
I generally liked this book. I had been looking forward to its release for over a year. The first release "A Discovery of Witches" was the kind of book that you just can't put down. As you're introduced to a very unique world of Witches, Demons and Vampires the plot becomes very exciting and continually leaves you wanting more. This second book was a little different. I guess first of all it was written with more of a feminine viewpoint than the first. Even though the character hasn't changed the sorry is told a little differently than the first installment. There was too much filler material for me, very descriptive at times and a lot of exploration of the emotions of the main character Dianna and less action and interacting with the magical world than I would have liked. Mind you the book is still a very good book and at many times very griping with an excellent last few chapters and still enough twists to keep me reading!! It just wasn't in my mind as enthralling as the first novel.
Lee in Tampa
Yes. It and its predecessor are two of the best books I have read (or listened to) in years and I was absolutely captivated by both of them. I can't believe the other reviewers used words like bored, and unnecessary information in the same sentence about this book.
The two main characters and you will just have to read it to come up with your own conclusions.
All of them.
Phillipe, if I have to chose ONE, read it to find out why.
Not all of us reading this book are scholars regarding the period in which the book takes us, therefore we would be enchanted by this book, not BORED. Boredom is individual and not a word to be used when talking about a book as good as this one. If you felt like turning it off, you should have because it wasn't written for you. I, for one, enjoyed every single minute, and think most other people who would be interested in vampire and witch stories would also.