Now, a retired anthropologist with the time to listen to books as I weave, quilt and crank out functional fabrics for fun :)
Try, try again! Time is fluid, change is certain, need more knowledge, go back and find it.
Harkness weaves a fully original text that takes well developed characters with some amazing preternatural skills; back to the time of Shakespeare, in Queen Elizabeth's court.
Jennifer Ikeda's narration merged seamlessly in nuanced voices for each character in ways that marks each of them with a quickly identifiable presence. To listen rather than read, is to effortlessly discover then differentiate your new best friends with their antagonists as you join them on their journey of self discovery through time.
Discovering self is a messy proposition for any Witch in 2012. Going back to 1580 to find your power requires a cast of characters to fill in what modern individualism can't prepare Diana for. The author enchants everyone, past and present into an unquestioned acceptance of the presence of Witches, Demons & Vampires, then develops known character's of history who ring true in their fuller form. In each scene, the humor, fear and pragmatism makes even the action of seaming villains of history; all to real.
What a great series, here is hoping my knew friends will return again, many times. I look forward to joining these well developed characters through time as they discover more about themselves while sheltering amidst past generations. A great way to experience the evolution of social consciousness before it thinks to reach for individualism.
Saundra Lee, In Colorado
I'm an avid reader but when driving or exercising, listening to a great book and a great performance makes time fly!
I have to admit that I didn't enjoy this book as much as I did its predecessor, "A Discovery of Witches." I found it largely uninteresting and much in need of editing.
I will probably read the third installment of this series when it is released but I will not listen to this reader again.
In my opinion, the reading performance of this book was not good. The reader frequently paused in odd places like in the middle of a sentence...and long enough that it gave an auditory cue of being the end of the sentence. The result is a jarring, disjointed experience.
I love to multi-task with Audible!
I would and already have. There is just something fasinating about these charactors. The plot is easy to follow, and the timeline is distict.
It's a great sequel to Discovery of Witches. Hope there is a third book in this series!
unsure - Ms. Ikeda had some awkward pauses in places that made me have to skip back a few seconds to make sure I hadn't missed something. I can't imagine I'll purchase, borrow, etc., the final book of the series. I'm just not compelled to find out what happens next.
she does an excellent job keeping different characters' voices consistent through the book, which helps the listener keep track of conversations that might involve multiple characters.
the story is a disappointing follow-up to the first novel, with choices that made me say, "Really? You're making her XXX? Really???" out-loud as I listened to the book. Some sections of the text felt disconnected from the rest, leaving me waiting to see if it would make sense later in the book. And I continue to bristle at Diana's willingness to let Matthew be a controlling obsessive brute...it's good for the characters to be flawed and all, but I don't feel that Matthew has enough redeeming qualities for me to hope things turn out well for him in the end.
I listened on Audio so not sure how to spell Gallagos
nice job differentiating characters.
Harry Potter for adults
can't wait for the next book.
The historical references
Mathew. He is the most romantic and passionate vampire.
Great job on the continuance of the tale. There are a LOT of characters to keep track of. If you have not read "The Discovery of Witches" recently, you might want to re-read it (or a summary) to have all the characters and plot lines fresh in your head. It took me some time to remember how it connected. Ends on a great cliff hanger!
It was great if you liked her first book, alittle too much of old times not enough magic
Yes. I have ready suggested this series to several people. Especially people with a background in History or Art.
The complex setting and engaging people.
Fabulous accents. I knew who was speaking after only a few words, each person unique.
Friends make fun of my addiction to witch and vampire books, but this series has won over my scoffers. Well researched, beautifully written and artfully narrated, this series will captivate any listener. History lovers, academics, and lovers of SF will all find something compelling in the story of Diana and Matthew.
Shadow of Night takes us to 1590 where we visit some of the best minds of the times and learn much about life in Elizabethan England.
The narrative talents of Jennifer Ikeda are outstanding as well. She voices a vast number of characters with such distinction that you know who is speaking before they are named. Fans of Jim Dale will find his equal here.
This is a must-listen!