Only two comments:
1. You need to read the first book in this series, 'A Discovery of Witches', in order to really follow this book.
2. My only complain is that I fell behind in my other chores for the day as I couldn't put the book aside.
2nd book after A Discovery of Witches - Awesome - couldn't wait to start this one!
I just want to be entertained!
A quick preface:
I read the first few pages of "A Discovery of Witches" and was hooked; snagging any free moment I could to sit down and delve further into the story. However, halfway through, that enthusiasm started to quickly fade and by the end I was questioning whether of not I cared enough to even bother reading the next book.
But I'll cut to the chase!
If you're wondering whether or not you should continue this series or (for you first timers) start this series, here's my advice:
If you enjoy the sort of sci-fi, vampire-human, "epic", romantic, adventure stories similar to book and/or movie series like Twilight, then you may very well enjoy this book. Deborah Harkness' attention to detail and expertise on the subject of science and history does add a much needed and enjoyable touch of sophistication to the writing that is absent in the Twilight novels.
But there were a few things about this book that just weren't my cup of tea. It may be my own nit-picky preference, but one of my worst pet peeves is useless female protagonists! No matter how many times the narration insists that Diana is a tough cookie or how many times Matthew calls her "ma lionne," a witch that can't use magic is the utter epitome of uselessness, especially in a world where you are surrounded by danger on all sides! And Matthew's constant, overbearing, possessive protectiveness and need to be in control isn't any better. Not to mention how he consistently chooses to sabotage his and Diana's plans by keeping Diana in the dark and at a distance so he can indulge his annoying tendency towards bouts of self-loathing.
However, I must say the most disappointing part of this story is how long it takes to get absolutely no where. I love Deborah's intense, detail-oriented descriptions but her dialogue and pacing lets the story drag on. I am already a third of the way through the book and am still waiting for Diana to learn how to be a witch! At this point, I have to put the book down and step away, before I throw it at someone (figuratively speaking since its an audiobook). I guess it's just not my sort of story...
Great Narration Though!
As for the narration, I have absolutely nothing against Jennifer Ikeda. Her ability to fluently read through the prose with animated accents - perfectly embodying each widely varying character in this extensive tale - is quite amazing. Also her perfect recital of French, Occitan and the other languages featured in these books must be applauded.
That's my two cents.
I struggle with this series as a male reader. The series feels like a mix between Indiana Jones and Harry Potter...wonderful! The Twilighty romance is tolerable, but at times it just makes me wonder if I'm reading a book I like.
This installment of the series was as enjoyable as the first, but the action and scholar as hero themes were displaced too much for my taste. Itfelt like it tookforever for any real danger to show up. An emotionally charged moment in the narrative felt entirely glossed over to me (no spoilers from this guy!), and it took me out of the story.
No way, I found this book to be boring beyond belief. The first book was pretty good and I liked a lot of things about it. This book was just not well put together, the story was so fragmented and just poorly written. I hate to say this but it's the truth. I wonder if the author didn't just rush it to get something out, it could have been good, but it became very trite and predictable and boring. Extremely boring!
The narrator is just plain god awful! I have never been quite as annoyed by a narrator in any other audio book, and I've listened to a lot of audio books.
Some of the characters are fine but when she does the voice for Diana, the main character it's awful. It's hard to describe, it's just plain annoying.
I needless to say will not be purchasing any further novels by this author.
A different narrator possibly, but I think it comes down to a poorly written book.
No, but I listened because I paid for it, so I felt I should at least give it a full listen, but I haven't wanted to turn off an audio book as often as this one.
Don't waste your money.
absolutely #1. this is the BEST audio book I have ever heard. Jennifer Ikeda is amazing. Her voice is magical. She makes the characters come to life. She is so good at languages, accents and different voices. Every character has a unique voice and it makes the story flow like it is being watched on the big screen.
I totally fell in love with A Discovery of Witches but Shadow of Night has me feeling lost. I love this book so much. I already miss it and i just finished it!
The time travel. Just simply amazing.This book made me feel like I was there. 16th century is amazing and I feel like I was honestly there!!
EVERYTHING! She is amazing. SIMPLY AMAZING! Everything about her is magical!
I want to adopt Jack. He is so sweet. I miss him already. Take out to dinner? Probably Diana's mom. We dont hear a lot from her but I would love to meet her!
If you have not read this series, do so now! I admit that I got a little bored with A Discovery of Witches but it was not the books fault. Setting the stage for this magnificant story took a little time. Once I got about 1/4 of the way in, I was totally hooked. Book 3 cannot come out fast enough! This is without a doubt the best audio book I have ever heard.
How did we ever get through the day without audiobooks?
I was enchanted by the first in this series, and this book was even better than the first!
I loved the new characteristics associated with the vampires, demon and witches that A Discovery of Witches assigned. A new angle to characters that are quickly becoming overused in todays literary culture.
I took the time to re-listen to the first book before I ventured into this book, and I'm glad that I did. There were a lot of details and nuances that had slipped my mind. With the first book fresh, I appreciated the 2nd more. It flowed nicely and completely from the first to the second.
I already have a note on my Christmas lists to make a gift of these books to family that will enjoy it!
I have become a true Audible geek! After a year of picking up old Sci Fi, I finally broke out to become a true cross genre FANATIC & FAN!!
I am continually chilled by the revelations, character deepening, plot twists; and the awesome performance by Jennifer Ikeda! There are a handful of books that feel like the readers where meant to be paired with the authors and this is added to my list... and Jennifer Ikeda has been added to my list of all time favorite readers. A completely natural fit with Deborah Harkness' revolutionary tale of Witches, Vampires and Demons. Thank you both for this excellant experience!
Deborah Harkness does a great job of intertwining the genre of fantasy into actual historical events. I loved how she somehow made it an almost historical romance while still keeping it rather modern. She has a great imagination.
The narrator, Jennifer Ikeda does a great job on the accents and I had no trouble at all distinguishing between the characters.
The story was very interesting from beginning to end and I found myself unable to stop listening. I believe this is a great story and I can't wait for the next book.