Great detail and interesting twists that keep you engaged in reading to find out how it plays out. The main characters relationship in a different time is interesting to watch unfold.
Diana meeting her relative.
A deaf friend of Matthew's. The narrator did a wonderful job, I dealt as if I were hearing him speak for myself.
Back to the 16th Century
Good read, but Deborah did more with describing tastes and smells in he first book. I felt more involved in the book and characters.
very good second part of a trilogy. I am looking forward to the closing chapter! The narration was excellent and definitely added to the story.
I rushed through it wanting to know what happened next and I eagerly await the next novel.
Loved this book, I liked the Discovery of Witches but I loved this book.
I was reluctant to purchase this book as I thought the first one was a bit wordy and sometimes annoying. I was surprised at how much more I enjoyed this book. It kept me much more interested and now I can't wait for the next book. Well worth the listen.
I just love Diana and Matthew and their relationship. I laugh every time Diana finds a new power.
I really wanted to like "Shadow of Night" more than I did. The only real issue I had with it is that sometimes Harkness gets so bogged down in minute or historical details that she ends up slowing down the plot. For example, the entire sub-plot surrounding the mouse trap could be removed and it would have no effect on the overall story. Additionally, some of the detail around the Emperor in Prague could have been left out. All of it just dragged the story out and made me want to skip parts.
Forgetting the superfluous detail, I still love this series. It's such a unique story. I'm looking forward to the last novel. Hopefully, for non-spoilery reasons, there won't be as much nitty-gritty detail.
Narration: Jennifer Ikeda deserves an award for her narration of this novel. There are dozens of characters and a large handful of them appear regularly. Jennifer managed to make each voice completely distinct and I was entirely aware of which character was speaking. Bravo!
Shadow of Night held its own. It began as a novel tied down by details and descriptions, but the characters set it free -- as they opened up, I began to open up as well and found myself getting lost in their lives, their triumphs and sorrows. The story is set in a much different world than A Discovery of Witches and it allowed for different worlds to be explored within the characters as well.
My favorite aspect of this book, which was constantly and slowly unfolding, was Diana's and Matthew's encounters with their past selves. I was moved and haunted by the joy of their reunions and the grief of their farewells.
Jennifer Ikeda guided the story with integrity and grace and after listening to her performance of the first book, the voices felt like those of old friends. I look forward to the conclusion of the trilogy.
I like mostly fantasy - Robert Jordan, Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, etc.
This book is as good as the 1st (A Discovery of Witches). The author is very descriptive & incorporates a lot of European history into the plot. The 1st book's ending was abrupt but this book picks up from there. It is a tale of witches & vampires & their conflict from the late 1590's in Europe through today. The story follows Diana & Mathew, a witch & vampire, from their initial meeting & romance in book 1 to their quest to locate a missing book, Ashmole 781. Although not action oriented the story keeps you interested & wanting to know more about the characters themselves as well as what will happen next.
I really liked the story so far & wait eargerly for the finale!