I am a book junkie...I read and enjoy a variety of stories, so please don't "define me" by one book or review! :)
I thoroughly enjoyed this sequel and became even more attatched to Matthew and Diana in this book. Deborah Harkness has topped herself, expanding on her writing and this story in an impressive way! For me, my favorite part of a (multi-installment) story is usually the first part where the characters initially forge their relationship ("get together"). Most of the time, it is hard to "top" that part of the story, even in well-written, imaginative stories. However, this time it's different. I enjoyed Matthew and Diana's relationship as an already-established couple even more in this book. In a way, it felt like "coming home" to spend time with old friends. Of course, their relationship is not the only factor in this story...I felt it was very well-paced and intrigueing with all of the added characters. I did not find the descriptions or detail over-done, instead it was just enough to set the atmosphere and make me feel like I was really there. There are many added characters and scenes that make this an engrossing story. I really enoyed the homecoming to (meet) Matthew's father Phillipe and how he is actually different from first perception and he does so much for Matthew and Diana. I also enjoyed the scenes with Queen Elizabeth and the hints at her jealousy of Matthew's affections and their past relationship but the author never takes it any further. For brief moments I thought I wanted more detail into this aspect of the story, or for Diana to deal with jealousy or to at least ask Matthew about it. Then I realized that the author (under good instinct) just didn't feel she needed to spend any more time on that. It seems we are not to doubt Matthew's devotion to Diana at all. We know (as does Diana) he has a lot in his past...The narration by Jennifer Ikeda is great, as usual. She really is spot on for Diana and all the characters. I highly recommend this sequel, it is one of my favorite books of the year!
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.