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.
Wife to a wonderful husband and mother to four children, ages 17 to 9 (boys and girls). My husband and I are avid audiobook listeners along with all the kids. Between all of us we have a very eclectic library and try to rate or review as many books as we can.
I fell in love with the first book and was waiting for this book to come out, now I am waiting for the third book. I love the historical characters that were brought to life in this book. The book did a great job picking up where the last book left off. This book was a little slower than the first book, but was still full of story and life.
So many things, hard to know where to start. Love how the author and narrator bring 16th century England and many well-known figures to life. Great love story between the main characters, Matthew (vampire) and Diana (witch). Beautiful job of showing the strength and vulnerability of both.
This is the 2nd part of the trilogy. I was afraid it would not live up to the first book. However, it more than lived up to the promise of the 1st book.
Diana and Matthew both tie for first. I love that Diana is such a strong character and very much her own person. Matthew also is such a strong character. It's his strength that makes the few vulnerable moments even more captivating.
She really seems to give the reader a better sense of each character with her reading style.
Not enough story & too much history. I enjoyed the 1st book but this one a complete bore that I skipped several chapters. I also did not understand the ending. I hope the next one is better but I may not listen to the last one.
Most of the characters from the 1500's They were not relevant
I was really disappointed in the book and the narrator to not add much interest.
I probably would not listen to this again but it was reasonably entertaining the first time through. Some parts were slow, a little contrived and disjointed. I liked it sufficiently that I would buy the third book to see if the author can wrap up the dangling threads
Worth the credit.