Great sequel, and great performance. I can't wait for the next book. My only real criticism is that the book doesn't stand alone very well.
Entertaining, Satisfying, Good
I liked the fact that once the couple got together, they stayed together to face all adversities together.
Great narrator. She did a really good job of voicing all the different characters such that they were readily recognizable as the story progresses.
The main character because of her down-to-earth quality and compassion.
Although the story was somewhat predictable, it had enough surprises to keep me entertained and continusouly wanting more.
yes, this historical factors make this a fascinating tale and the dive into witches and daemons and vampires is one of the best since Anne Rice that I have "read". Jennifer Ikeda is one of the best narrators i have heard on an audio book and makes the listening experience that more riveting.
Gallowglass, hard to explain why, but something about him. He is loyal despite misgivings or beliefs and true to the family even if he might rather wish to deceive.
not really a favorite, she is a stellar story teller.
Marcus. I love the time period he was originally born into and he is so much more "moody" than Matthew.
It is a interesting weave of hear and then, suspense, drama, romance with laughter sprinkled in for good measure.
Isabel is a woman after my own heart! She acquires what she wants and takes no prisoners. She does not worry about political correctness.
Jennifer does a great job especially changing characters. I really enjoy her sound effects!
Mathew. We all long to be as noble and intense as he.
OK, you know it is a sequel and that there is at least one more to come, but you find yourself screaming at Deborah to not leave you hanging there. Please, Deborah, come to some conclusions!
I loved the first Deborah Harkness, and was really happy with the second in the series. It took me a little time to get into this one with the timeline change and new characters, but once I did, I didn't want to put it down. The narrator does a great job with all of the voices. I can't wait for the third book!
Not Likely. The main character was introduced as a fiercely independent intelligent scholar who had muscled her way through a difficult life, which totally conflicts with the woman protrayed in this and the first book. There is alot of detail about clothes and food and name dropping, but uninteresting historical points. There is a little life only around the romance scenes but this supposed intelligent woman, never puts any thought in to herself, her magic, her boundaries or what she has in her as a person. When confronted with danger, she has to think of words spoken from her Vampire Father - "Think, stay alive". Really, someone needed to remind you of that? This was prevalent through the entire book. Difficulties came up, and either the Diana became a shrinking violet to be taken care of and protected or became defensive... but this scholar, never reasoned out a good path to take. Very little happened in this book and the I did feel it was nothing more than a cheesy romance novel.
Unless some growth in her characters happened, no.
Although she was smooth when speaking for the characters, when she lapsed back into Diane narration, she sounded strangely robotic
The first chapters where simply awful and the banter painful to follow. They would either go, or be rewritten. Much of the historical details regarding people or places would go, and more time would have been spent in characters considering and thinking about their situations, conditions, or feelings.
Since so much of the story was really focused around Diana, it was disappointing that the author forgot to give her thoughts and feelings versus just reactions.
I shall miss Diana and Matthew until the third book arrives. What a wonderful story this has been. Deborah Harkness is a magnificent weaver of story telling. I not only grasped the story but saw it come to life in vibrant color as I read the pages. Such a descriptive author I highly recomend this series to all. Hope she is willing to carry on past the triliogy and make a (long) series of these characters.
Compelling, hypnotic, mesmerizing.
I had read the book in hard copy form and ecopy form. I purchased the audio form of the book on recommendations of friends. I was very disappointed with the narration; the accents were off and I did not feel that a female narrator was appropriate for voicing male characters.
Elizabeth I - this book gave an entirely different perspective of her than I've ever read.
I was disappointed in the storyline. I was expecting more action and less 'simpering' from the main character. I have yet to see her use her magic abilities to my satisfaction. And no, the fire drake doesn't really qualify! There was no real depth in Matthew's character either. All he did was act like a sullen little boy with temper tantrums. Ikeda's performance was the only thing that kept me listening. "A Discovery of Witches" was definitely more appealing than this addition. Let's hope Deborah Harkness can salvage the story and bring everything together in the third book. Is there a third book?
Loves to read, write, and make magik!
Magic Love Mystical
She brings the story to life in your head.....I can see it in my head like I am watching a movie!
Jack----he is a young weak little boy, who worms his way into your heart! Also Phillipe is also a very memorable character! He is a LION!
I cannot wait until book 3 is published! What will I read until then????? :(