I am a 50ish mother of two and grandma of one who completed her first reading of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by the eight grade.
As with A Discovery of Witches, this story has it's highs and lows. Although not as fast as paced as the introductory novel, this second installment takes it's time and therefore may seem "slow" to some. But the sparse interjections of present vs. past will hook an astute reader. This second novel seems to be the 'set up" of better things to come.
The background provided and Deborah's take on the origins/history of magic are unique and therefore noteworthy. The story does not follow old and tired formulas surrounding the history of magic and it's practice. It is therefore not a lazy writer's approach to the subject of magic. It is refreshingly different.
Jennifer's performance is unparallelled. Her pronunciation and accents are beyond comparison. The languages in the first novel ranges from British English to American English to French, to Latin. The second novel incorporates all of the same and adds Greek, Spanish and Italian. All of this while encompassing numerous male and female characters. Usually I prefer to read books, but Jennifer brings the story alive.
While this book may have not quite lived up to my expectations, it did set the stage for the final installment and leaves the reader with a very big question. Hopefully, all will be answered in book 3.
good reading if you read the first, not sure you could follow the character line if not.
time travel, true love, magic all the things that make fiction fun!
Just looking for an enjoyable story! Books are my passion.
I very seldom read any book twice.
After reading The Discovery of Witches, I couldn't wait for this one to come out and I wasn't disappointed. Harkness described the past in great detail, and her characters were enjoyable.
I really didn't think this could possibly be as good as Discovery of Witches, but it was! Just amazing-- and now I am crying over having to wait a year for the last book. Don't miss this series, it's really wonderful.
After a fantastic first installment in the All Souls Trilogy, this second book is long and boring and lacking all the charm and magic of the first. Mostly it seems to be a way for the author to show off her historical research. The reader is the same and just as excellent but the writing is just too poor even for her to elevate.
A Discovery of Witches was a wonderful story. Shadow of Night picks up right where the first book left off. I listen to audio books when I drive, and I had a really hard time turning my car off. I didn't want to stop listening, and didn't want to book to end. (Although it does have a nicely wrapped up ending.) Can hardly wait for the next one! It'll take a long time, no doubt. These are long, well thought out books. The story captivates, and the narrator does a GREAT job! (She does mispronounce a few words and names, but it's easily overlooked.) Bottom line....I love this author's writing style! Buy this book! Buy the first one, too!
Couldn't stop listening!
Great accents, she really made it easy to know who was speaking by using her voice.
This book did make me tear up at the end.
When is the next in the series coming out?
You have to keep reading them, they stop practically mid sentence. I kept forgetting the point of the book.....
My son Noah set up my account But my name is Robin and I read like crazy, I am either reading a book or listening to one. Audio Addict!
Great story, Not your typical vampire store, has it all. And not a boy meets girl....you really feel like you are part of their lives, has so much history info too.(thats why long in the tooth) almost too much detail. All in all a great book!!
If I'm not reading, I'm listening.
Rich with Detail and meets all expectations
I love Diana's encounter with Queen Elizabeth
Wonderful accents. She does a fabulous job portraying the partially deaf Henry Percy
Gallowglass. When I met him, I was ready not to like him, but he became a cog in the wheel.
Ms. Harkness has made 1590's Europe and time travel feel perfectly reasonable and realistic. The research she must have done to provide the level of detail is enviable and I kept dreading that the end of each chapter was the end to the book. Diana and Matthew's relationship and personalities become deeper and they really flesh out as characters. Love this book. Better than the first one.