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!
Most definitely, my husband got me hooked with her first book "Discovery of Witches". As soon as I finished it this one came out the next day.
The story is very detailed along with the characters. A lot of care was taken in the development of the story with all the detailed history built into it.
My only disappointment was that I have to wait for the next book. This is a great addition to anyone library. No matter what genre you like this is a must have.
If I wanted to read a boring story about time traveling back in time to a boring era, I would have kept reading the Outlander series. The first book was excellent, and this was a disappointment. Everything that was done in the 16th century, could have been done in the present, without all the silly historical figures and nonsense. Hopefully the next book will be more like the first.
“Shadow of Night” was a thoroughly enjoyable sequel to “Discovery of Witches”. While “Discovery” had a certain charm, my overall impression of it was not positive. There was little action, the main characters were irritating, neurotic and there was little development of either the characters or the story. The concept was interesting though and there were flashes of brilliance that caught my attention. So, I decided to give the sequel a chance. I’m glad I did.
The second book of the trilogy is well paced, there is plenty of action and the characters show real development. The reasons for the neurosis are revealed and they are worked through to the point where you actually care for the characters. Several new characters are introduced and nicely developed. The book is set primarily in Elizabethan England and an engaging sense of the period emerges by the end. There is humor, drama, pathos and a much deeper immersion in the magical world that the author is weaving. I was sorry to see the book come to an end but am looking forward to the final installment of the trilogy.
The narrator is excellent with a wide range of distinct and believable voices that fit the characters and bring them to life.
I'm a mother of 3 kids ages 3-6! I love to read but don't have the time. I found that audiobooks are the thing for me! I can't get enough
I loved the fact that the story picked up exactly where you were dropped in the conclusion of "A Discovery of Witches". I felt like the story continued to flow smooth and easy. I just hated when it ended! I'm ready for the next one!!!!
Definitely! I listen while I'm at work and I hated to see the work day end. I couldn't hit the timeclock and get my earbuds in fast enough!
I absolutely loved the first book and this follow up story was ok. The story moves a lot slower than the last one then all of a sudden, at the end there's a rush for the plot to move toward the next book.
Both books are long, but the plot is pretty stagnant with the author describing a lot of how Elizabethan England and notable figures were really like. While that is all well and good, I would space out and come back in when the action was going. The other part I wasn't too keen on were the other plot snippets that would come back into the book but then nothing ever happened with them again.
I really enjoyed the telling of 1590s England, it's one of my favorite historical periods and Jennifer Ikeda does a great job telling it. It was a necessary bridge book to understanding more of Deborah's explanation of Vampires and Witches as well as the origin of the book but didn't take 24 hours to get there.
I would not recommend this to everybody, but if you like the genre, then yes.
The historical fiction aspect is very interesting.
When Matthew and Diana share their love with blood and witch memory.
Galloglas, he is a constant.
No, not at all. This is a book to be listened to over time so you don't miss any details. And the history about Queen Elizabeth I's court is very interesting.
A great listen...I cannot wait for the next book.