To me the book started out a little slow and contained a few cheesy sections. Thankfully the story picked up and I was able to enjoy the book. Not quite as good as the first book though.
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
I am a book junkie...I read and enjoy a variety of stories, so please don't "define me" by one book or review! :)
I thoroughly enjoyed this sequel and became even more attatched to Matthew and Diana in this book. Deborah Harkness has topped herself, expanding on her writing and this story in an impressive way! For me, my favorite part of a (multi-installment) story is usually the first part where the characters initially forge their relationship ("get together"). Most of the time, it is hard to "top" that part of the story, even in well-written, imaginative stories. However, this time it's different. I enjoyed Matthew and Diana's relationship as an already-established couple even more in this book. In a way, it felt like "coming home" to spend time with old friends. Of course, their relationship is not the only factor in this story...I felt it was very well-paced and intrigueing with all of the added characters. I did not find the descriptions or detail over-done, instead it was just enough to set the atmosphere and make me feel like I was really there. There are many added characters and scenes that make this an engrossing story. I really enoyed the homecoming to (meet) Matthew's father Phillipe and how he is actually different from first perception and he does so much for Matthew and Diana. I also enjoyed the scenes with Queen Elizabeth and the hints at her jealousy of Matthew's affections and their past relationship but the author never takes it any further. For brief moments I thought I wanted more detail into this aspect of the story, or for Diana to deal with jealousy or to at least ask Matthew about it. Then I realized that the author (under good instinct) just didn't feel she needed to spend any more time on that. It seems we are not to doubt Matthew's devotion to Diana at all. We know (as does Diana) he has a lot in his past...The narration by Jennifer Ikeda is great, as usual. She really is spot on for Diana and all the characters. I highly recommend this sequel, it is one of my favorite books of the year!
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