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!
New to the audiobook thing, but I like it! I'm a huge Stephen King fan... Along with the spy/military type books by Brad Thor, Vince Flynn
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.