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????? :(
This was a very easy listen. Riddled with a taste of supernatural and humor, I found the story was easy to follow and engaging.
The spin on these creatures was such a nice departure from the extreme violence and gore described in most Vampire series.
Racial and cultural diversity is not bound to simple human kind. This story illustrates, the common theme overcoming prejudice, discrimination, and oppression.
Yes, but will wait for the 3rd book and listen to "A Discovery of Witches", Shadow of Night and the 3rd book in sequence to get the whole story.
Diana, because of all of the things she kept discovering about herself through both of the books.
She is a very good reader that changes her tone and inflections to suit the character.
It was too long to do so, but it I could have it would have been good.
50ish retired public radio news broadcaster, female, rancher. I love good writing from historical fiction and interesting, off beat mysteries to history of religions and interesting biography coupled with excellent voicing. I have no use for poorly delivered reading. I'll suffer though so-so writing if the content is engaging, but if the narrator is bad, I'll buy the book and read it myself.
What if witches, demons and vampires were all around us, leading day to day "normal" lives? What if they faced discrimination because of who they are and had to hide their true identities? What if witches fought among themselves for old secrets and lost power? What if vampires had a strong moral sense and a powerful sense of family? What if they were all dying out? That's the set up for this well told, beautifully read adventure in magic and time travel. Witches and vampires as scholars at Oxford and Yale, and demons as geeks, artists and sweet oddballs. Throw in the odd human as the Queen of England, the Duke of North Umberland and William Shakespere and you have Debra Harkness's "All Souls" trilogy of which this is the second book. Read "Discovery of Witches" first. It's a great read and makes this book even better. The narrator for both is outstanding!
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
I liked the first book more. This one was a bit too long and got away from the issue of our heroine learning about her powers. The last quarter of the book got back into learning to be a witch and mastering her powers, this is where this installment redeemed itself.
Exceptional! The mix of history and time travel was unique. To see how she had to adapt to the "strange culture" was gradual and not as easy as one would believe.
No. However, she was excellent because the story flowed as if timeless.
I love to read and since 2011 I have been mostly listening to audiobooks because oftentimes there is nothing like a good narrator.
I stumbled into this All Sould Trilogy because I thought the book would have plenty of witchcraft, magic, etc. I was disappointed somewhat by the first book in that it didn't explore the main character's magical ability much at all.
That said, I was pulled in because it is still an enjoyable read. I am enjoying both Diana and Matthew's relationship as well as the interaction between 'both sides of the family'. The characters are fleshing out so to speak and becoming very enjoyable.
I would recommend this book to my friend's but in good conscience I have to warn away those looking for a lot of witchcraft and magic. It just isn't here.
Jennifer is SO amazing in everything I have listened to. With that said, there is something special about what she does for this series of stories....I have listened to the first book so many times...it is truly one of my favorites. She takes each character and weaves them into a part of a wonderful tapestry.
I got lost a little in the history of this story, but I still loved it. The people you meet and places you go are such a fabulous adventure. The scenes with both dads made me laugh and cry...and want to slap them at times...but those were my favorites...
The first book still has my heart as my clear favorite though. The wait for Part 3 will feel like forever!