Can't choose - it was all good
It's a great story though there are occasional failures of internal logical consistency which I wont boor you with since this is a fantasy after all!
The audio editing leaves something to be desired (at least on my iPod), with occasional gaps - it sounds as if an error was made in the middle of a sentence, the error removed and then a correction spliced in with too much silence at the beginning. It's not a huge problem but it niggles. Occasionally, the pronunciation is a bit off, cataclysmic and [Hieronymus] Bosch come to mind.
Yes, there is so much information and fine details, I had to go back often to make sure I didn't miss one bit of the details. As good as the first book and I can't wait for the third installment.
The winning over of Phillipe by Diana and the wedding.
Just A little bibliophile!
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!
I love to run and a good audio books feeds the beast.
This series is absolutely fantastic, I can run 10 miles without ever thinking about the run, simply because I'm so caught up in the book. The addition of many new characters is so well done that I continue to enjoy each and everyone, and i'm never lost as to who they are and their part in the story.
And possibly the best part, the story is always moving forward, which completely keeps you sucked in and wanting more, it never stalls or becomes boring but continues to develop.
not only is it interesting, I become frustrated because I want more, which is both horrible and awesome!
none so far,
get both books, its a lot of fun
Gallowglass - adaptable, develops throughout the story and is actually then the one constant knowlege between all times
solid, nice listening
The ending was very disappointing in that it was very hasty, left the reader unpleasantly hanging and emphasized the fact that this book was simply one to bridge the first and the last in the triology. Not as good as the first Discovery of Witches
The woman who reads these books for the audio rocks, I love the way she does the guys. I would go as far as saying that after the last two audio books I will most likely skip the hard back on the next book and just go right to audio.
Im some guy in Oshkosh, WI that walks to work and has found the joy of listening to good books and values good narrators :).
Its difficult for me to like this series. The narrator is top notch and I like listening for the hunt for "Ashmole 782". The series has a lot in common with "The Twilight Series" (I didn't like Twilight it at all, the "hole in my heart" made me stop listening). The Witch sometimes feels like Bella "whiny" and the vampire is dark and gloomy like Edward. It feels like a romance novel and the romance between the vampire and the witch plows over the more interesting story of Ashmole 782. Unlike Twilight I havent given up on the series yet thou. Im hopeful that now shes finally married and the endless courtship is about over the focus will be on the adventure. I do like listening to her struggle with living in the 16th century and trying to blend in. The history you pick up is fun and informative too. There are characters she references that makes me want to look them up and see what they were all about historically.
I found this book very tedious. While I am easy to entertain - I do require the plot to move forward and this book simply does not move quickly enough to keep my interest.
no. the problem is not the genre it is this author
Author masterfully introduces multiple new characters throughout the book. No character map needed. Many authors haven't figured this out. Great character development as time and events changed the two protagonists. Enjoyed loads of unexpected twists and turns. Wouldn't typically have chosen a book about vampires and witches but it was strongly recommended by co-worker who is an avid reader. Not disappointed at all! I enjoyed the historically based aspect although the author added tidbits that aren't truly accurate. Many of the minor but famous characters are from 1500's and one would not run into them all in one room. Didn't mind because that gave me a taste of the true-life people of the time.
The first book in the series, Discovery of Witches. Excellent prequal.
Excellent. My # 2 reader. (Humphey Bower is #1.)
The tenderness between two main characters throughout the book.
There is so much information this book is great audio!
I love this book.
I have not. But will again