If you enjoy books that have well developed characters, and long woven stories, then you will definitely love this series. I was put off by witches and vampires, thinking I couldn’t possibly relate to such a tale, but I was wrong. With wonderful storytelling ability Deborah Harness leads you through an adventure and love story that draws up shades of the Outlander series. The characters are well developed, and empathetic. I didn’t want to put it down, and can’t wait for the next novel from this new star!
I didn't read the the book. Listening to it gives life to the characters. I could picture the characters, their personalities and motivations.
There were so many, really. I loved the moment Diana enters a room with many of histories most memorable characters, Shakespeare, another playwright, the Queens most trusted advisors. It made me imagine what that would really feel like.
I listened to A Discovery of Witches. It was excellent!!! She was superb with this story because there were many more characters and a more complex plot. She conquered the story.
Yes, but I found that there was so much detail, complexity, and many characters that I had to listen to it a few times to catch all the many side roads.
It was a great adventure and I grew to feel I knew the characters personally. Excellent!!
One of the best I've had the pleasure to listen to.
Too many to list, besides wouldn't want to give away any spoilers in this book.
Discovery of Witches was the first performance by Jennifer Ikeda I've had the pleasure of experiencing, but I have already started to look at more titles with her narrating.
The name is perfect...
Anticipating the next one, and crossing fingers that Jennifer Ikeda will be returning as the narrator...
imaginative, entertaining, well written
How the author brought the main characters back in history and intertwined them with real historical characters and made it sound believable.
The only other performance I've listened to was Discover of Witches. I think she does a great job in distinguishing characters with her interpretation of how they would sound.
There was some humor throughout the book and I felt some emotion at the way the book ended.
I am hoping there will be a third book sometime soon and really looking forward to it.
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.