It's different for a change from what I normally read. I mean I've read about vampires (Anne Rice) and witches (Anne Rice and Nora Roberts) but when the two come together in a romance .... well, I'm all in! The story is poignant and gets the reader involved with the characters. I love it when you feel connected.
None so far.
I have both the book and the audible download and actually thought the book had more feeling/emotion. Not that Jennifer Ikeda's narration took away from that.
It's perfect just the way it is.
I cannot wait for the next one. Thanks to Ms. Harkness for a wonderful story and all of the historical characters! I loved it.
I can't really say without giving it away, but I liked the romance and how two people from two different worlds could be together and combat the impossible.
This sequal was wonderful and Jennifer is a delight to listen to. The history was wonderfully displayed but not overly so. The frustrating part were the pauses between chapter announcement and the chapter, several times I thought that it had stopped working because they were so long. It took the flow from the story.
Deborah is a wonderful writer and I find that just when I come up with a question, she answers it in her story. The writing in both her books were very intuitive and I look forward to the third! Deborah please hurry!! LOL
Great series sequal
I am captivated by her ability to be spot on with all of the accents and inflections. She is wonderful to listen to.
A must listen!
Jennifer Ikeda's characterizations
Gallowglass undoubtedly! His strength and loyalty to the Order and to Matthew.
Diana preparing for her wedding.
In the Shadow of Night
This volume was indeed good. However, it relied too much on the author's real life specialties and research. The similarities between this fictional work and Dr. Harkness' interest and research on Alchemy, the Voynich Manuscript, (Yale MS 408) and the 15th century seem to overshadow the story of Diana and Matthew in this second volume. What is related to Diana and Matthew's relationship, both in the present and in the past is well done, i.e. her quest to find a teacher and his to fight his own demons. I enjoyed the fictional characters of the past but not the historical ones. Gallowglass and Phillipe added to the main story. The new character in the present Phoebe was also delightful.
Right in the middle. With its engaging characters and pretty seamless blend of dialog and narrative. I didn't seriously dislike any part of this book, nor did I find myself regretting the pace as Diana and Matthew wander their way through the 16th century, but this book lacks something. I think it might be urgency.
I would have given them something real and pressing to do the whole time. Their goals, while being well defined, are totally disconnected from most of their actions until they happen upon something that leads them closer to their prize. Little layers of mystery are stripped away from the book and Dianas powers, and its all cool, but those revelations lacked punch for me. Where the first book kinda knocked the wind out of you from time, this one just had me sighing with understanding as the pieces fell into place... I wouldnt dream of second guessing the author or telling her how to write a series I have only a passing investment in, and really, maybe there was no way to get all this exposition done while still keeping the first books desperate vaulting pace intact.. but Uggh. It could have been better.
Awesomeness. She is great and the only reason I didnt give her all of my precious stars is because I couldnt always differentiate the characters. I think It was a writing thing, since it was even worse when I was reading the book, but I gota go with how I feel yuknow? this being a review and all.
uuuuuuuuh a discovery of witches part 2: 2nd acts are hard man.
I liked it despite all these things. You should give her your money because I want the next one to happen.
The story continues, read in a pleasant voice that kept me company on my travels, and keeping long drives tolerable.
Enjoyed the historical references tied to the fantasy, danger and romance between the characters.
Pleasant and realistic inflections.
The 2 main characters...who doesn't like a relationship between vampires and witches?
Can't wait to listen to the next book in the series!
I loved "The Discovery of Witches" so much that I quickly bought "The Shadow of Night". It was very different than the first book. The first was hard to stop listening to. I couldn't wait to finish work so I could go home and listen some more. But the second book seemed to drag and I got lost in all the history and characters. I loved hearing about the famous people, but it distracted from the main characters. I had to go back to the end of the first book to figure out why Matthew and Diana went back in time in the first place. "Oh, yeah, to find some stronger witches to teach Diana, really?, or was it Ashmole 782?" The sexual attraction between the two was missing. In the first book Matthew had trouble controlling himself around her, but in the second book they seemed nearer friends with benefits. He was so strong and omnipotent in the first book but he seemed a different character in the second. He was "whipped". (Yes Diana, I'll do whatever you want). I love strong female characters but not so strong they overpower the male. I'm still old fashioned that way. I like my male vampires strong, dark and mysterious-not cowering over a woman. The flip between present and past was hard to follow because the author didn't give us a title like present day or past. You could probably tell this easier in a novel but it was impossible in an audible book. The perfomance was good. I liked that I could distinguish characters through her voices. But overall, I only gave this 4 stars to the original book which I gave 5. I might wait to get the third book. I don't seem to care anymore about Ashmole 782 or it's significance.
I'm a retired nurse and my husband owns a machining company. We live in a small town 30 miles East of San Diego. We love to cruise!
I didn't enjoy this installment as much as the first. It was tedious listening for most of the book. Not much action. I still want to hear the next book though.
This ranks in the top 20 for me. I love books with a touch of time travel.
You need to read Discovery of Witches only then will this make sense and tie all the loose ends together.