I loved A Discovery of Witches, and Shadow of Night was even better. The narrator, Jennifer Ikeda, is superb and really differentiates the multiple character voices.The story is so involving with a lot of history thrown in that I was stunned when I finished it. It really made the time fly. Although long, I wish it could have gone on longer. The followup can't come soon enough!
This book ranks very high among the audiobooks that I've listened to. It was enjoyable from the first paragraph.
I liked the natural attitude towards unnatural beings that the story took. It is supernatural fantasy at it's best.
All scenes were quite comparable in fun and the amount of enjoyment.
The two main characters, Diana and Matthew are the most memorable, because of their unlikely chemistry and wit.
I would completely recommend these books, for their lighthearted and enduring entertainment.
The pacing and different points of view
Good character voicing
Not your teenage daughter's vampire novel.
Can't wait for the third one!
Profesionl, hard working woman who travels weekly, enjoys life. My best Friends are Michael and Scooter. Nonfiction books are the best!
This book was wonderful, I cant get enough. Where is Book #3 of the series. Hurry please!!
They all are, its so interesting to follow all of them, the history in this book and how the characters fit in is remarkable.
I would listen to anything Jennifer reads!!!! she is the best I have heard so far!!!!
There is no laugh or cry to it, its like you are involved in their lives now and you can see everything they see, you feel what they feel, you wish there were vampires!!!
I need to read the conclussion!! Where is it?
There is absolutely nothing not to love about this book. Harkness has, in my opinion, created in Matthew and Diana the only couple in modern popular fiction to rival Gabaldon's Jamie and Clare. This book has it all: Gothic, Historical Romance, Science Fiction, as well as heart warming and heart wrenching family stories. It's impossible to categorize. Ikeda handles the large cast of characters exceptionally well, giving them each a unique personality through the use of her voice. I finished the book this afternoon, and feel as though I've lost my most treasured friends.
This book can't be compared to any other. It's uniqueness is part of the appeal.
There is no one favorite, but I enjoyed the section of the book in which Matthew and Diana have travelled back in time to meet Matthew's "father" Phillipe. He became a favorite character.
No. I enjoyed savoring each part and letting it sink in before I listened to the next section or chapter.
This is a fabulous book, lush, well-researched, imaginative, touching. It will make you cry, root for the good guys, once you figure out who they are and whose side they're on, and make you want to dispatch the bad guys with your bare hands.
If only I could time travel! Since I can't seem to make that happen I guess I will have to live vicariously through books. This follow up book to Deborah Harkness's A Discovery of Witches did not disappoint me. I enjoyed meeting Matthews friends and family from the past. Both books can be read and understood as a stand alone but if you read the first book you will enjoy finding out more about Matthew's past and Diana's discoverys of her witchy abilities. If you're a fan of magic, history, adventure, suspense and romance then don't hesitate!! This book is NOTHING like that of Tolkien, Martin, or Brooks so please don't think it will be a "fantasy" read similiar to those stories.
I have read the book previous to purchasing the audio version, because I wanted the ability to spend more time with the story and the characters. This is my first foray in the world of audiobooks and I really enjoyed Jennifer Ikeda's reading. She was almost able to add another level to the story with her narration.
I was a fan of Deborah Harkness' first novel - A Discovery of Witching, and could not miss the opportunity to find out what happened next. It is a beautifully written story, with intricate levels connecting fiction and history; there are a hunt for the missing manuscript, stride for freedom of choices, and a touching love story, add to that some magic, and paranormal creatures and you are in for a whole new world of adventures.
I think her ability to color the characters with her voice is quite admirable, as well as her ability to switch among various languages and accents used throughout the book.
This is a tough question. There are a lot of new characters introduced throughout this novel, and of course Matthew and Diana - our main heroes are still very interesting and memorable. If I had to pick Philippe, Gallowglass, and Stephen Proctor were great additions and brought a lot more layers to the story.
I had the interesting experience of listening and reading at the same time. This "hybrid" method is captivating. I found myself listening to a few chapters in the car, then going back later and reading the chapters while listening again. Amazing experience!
Actually, I think my favorite character from both books is The Bishop House.
Her voice quality seems to fit the book. Hard to explain, but she brings real life to these words, and I can't imagine anyone else narrating these books. When I read or re-read passages I hear her voice in my head.
No, I just like it a lot.
I love time travel stories, vampire stories, and I'm a European history junkie, So these books are tailor made for me. Ms. Harkness weaves an intricate and compelling story. Part three, please.
Excited for number three! Liked that some lesser characters are being developed but it's obvious Harkness is saving some storylines. To avoid a spoiler, let me just say this; I found it frustrating to continue when big changes happened with no explanation.
If you've read book one you will love book two. I don't recommend reading them out of order. Can't wait for book three to be published. This is a great series of books and Jennifer Ikeda is fun to listen to. Her different character voices ensure that you always know who is speaking. I love these books! I may read them myself when I have some free time.