I was really looking forward to this sequel to Discovery of Witches but it was really a slog to listen to it all. I often forgot who new characters were but it didn't seem to matter. Nothing much ever happened. Like many series authors Harkness succumbed to the temptation to just write and write without paying attention to building suspense or plot. She throws in historical characters for no rhyme or reason. Basically this book just rambles on with no compelling drama. People have compared Harkness to Diana Gabaldon, but at least Gabaldon puts her characters in jeapordy and creates suspense. There is only one mildly suspenseful scene in this book, but if you have a witch who basically can cast a spell to do anything it's pretty hard to endanger her. On the upside Harkness is a historian and some of the historical detail is fun. She doesn't really explain the time travel paradoxes satisfactorily and I was left wondering why Matthew didn't warn his father in the 1500s about the Nazis who eventually killed him.
Absolutely, in fact my daugher, who uses an e-reader, listened to the first book after reading it (at my insistance) and felt it "came alive". She is planning on buying the audio version of this book too.
Deborah Harkness has caught my attention again with Shadow of Night. Once again, I found myself completely captured by the characters and the settings that she so wonderfully creates. I can not wait for the release of the third book to find out what happens with Mathew and Diana and their ever growing family of witches, demons, vampires and humans.
My emotions were hit hard at Diana's loss. I felt her all of her sorrow and mourning.
She is fantastic!
Glasgo (not sure of spelling since I was listening, not reading). You know he has so much to tell. He sees so much, is involved in everything and I know there is a story or four there.
Tell us about yourself! Mystery and Sci-fi/fact reader. Audio books read to me while I'm driving or if I'm sick and can't read. Love to be entertained.
The story picked up from the first book very well. Just enough so you immediately remembered where it had left off and not so much that she was retelling the story. The story ended leaving me wanting more
Consistency in the voice characterization
There is more magick in the world than we know
The story line
Mac Although he was just a flegling he was strong enough to help when he needed to.
When Riker had Lokar and waited for Angela to shoot him so that she could have closer
Forge. He had a kind heart. He allowed himself to be captured to be near his child.
I can't wait for the next book in this series.
The way the author made you see so much detail.
The whole book
Top 10- as a Trilogy, although it can waddle in sentimentality sometimes AND I have been known to find Diana somewhat less than believe able, I do love this series
I love some of the new characters- specifically Gallowglass and Henry Pearce. The witch teachers and the children are also welcome additions
Gallowglass in the modern day with his motorcycle
Best of the vampire/witches/demons genre
What a wonderful 2nd book in the series...and Jennifer Ikeda is just an excellent narrator for this series...Each characters voice, distinct and easily identifiable...and each time she speaks Mon couer or ma lyon, my heart flutters...just delightful...I was so sad when it came to an end. Deborah Harkness is weaving a wonderful, magical tale and am so glad we can enjoy the journey with her...I am telling everyone to read A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night...and I can't wait for the next book in the trilogy...I hope Jennifer Ikeda remains the narrator!!
I'm an avid audible book listener. I am a huge fan of supernatural books and like stuff that is scary but well written. I live in Denver Co
Good follow up to Discovery of Witches. Reading Discovery obviously is a must prior to this story. I didn't like it quite as much as the first book but enjoyed it. The writing is fabulous and the story is well mapped. Narration top knotch. A little too much "romance" for my taste which is why I think it wasn't as good to me as the first.
Get the series!