It would have been very helpful had the author included a brief review of where the last book left off. Also, this book wasn't as tightly written and rambled too much.
I have read reviews that people got confused with all the characters and that Matthew's friends in 1590 were lame... although I agree with the latter I don't agree with the former. I thought it was fabulous. Loved every second and I can't wait for Harkness to finish out the trilogy. My only question is what in the world happened to Em?!?
I must admit that I too waited longingly for this book. I read discovery over and over waiting for part 2 to come out. I was so excited that audible had it so soon. But I am halfway through part three of the second book and have that feeling, like I did halfway through the last book of the game of thrones series, That it's almost finished and nothing has happened. I mean there is a lot of talking and Fluff but nothing has changed. No new real revelations no major change in momentum, no real controversy or conflict.
Disappointed so far... hope it gets better in the last few few hours.
Yes. Jennifer does an outstanding performance.
Meeting Diana's father.
The scene where Pierre take Diana to the ancient alter.
Can't wait for the next installment!
Shadow of Night is book 2 of the All Souls Trilogy, the 1st being Deborah Harkness’s debut novel A Discovery of Witches. Shadow of Night picks up just as Diana and Matthew have timewalked back to 1590 into Elizabeth’s England. But Matthew has dropped Diana right in the middle of a hornets’ nest of Elizabethan deception and intrigue. Matthew has quite the circle of friends.. ‘ “All we need is Sir Walter Raleigh and we’ll have the entire School of Night in the House” ……. Thomas Harriot. Christopher Marlowe. George Chapman. Walter Raleigh. And – “Just who are you Matthew?” '* Well if you want to know who Matthew is – you will need to pick up this book, but beware this is NOT the trip Diana and Matthew envisioned – finding a witch for Diana and find Ashmole 782. The story moves from the Old Lodge in Woodstock, to Sept-Tours, to London, to Prague, back to London and finally home. There are a cast of characters that will entertain, make you mad and fall in love with, there will even be a few surprise characters; you will meet many historical people including Queen Elizabeth I to Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor.
I so loved the 1st book, for it centers around Diana coming to terms with who she is; this book is no different, but it is Matthew who now must to come to term with who he is and learning to be honest and truthful with Diana. Ms Harkness has woven another magical book with twist, turns and obstacles for Diana and Matthew to maneuver through and I am sure you will fine several OMG moments - I ceratinly did.
In addition to having both books I have the audio as well - Jennifer Ikeda is pure perfection reading both these books.
*Shadow of Night, loc 265, 274 (Kindle), Deborah Harkness
the story was more about vampires not witches. I emjoy listening to magic not about drinking blood. Not much about the mystery, magic, or witches.
No. I won't buy one if vampires are the subject.
She is an excellent narrator. The story was not very interesting so I fast forward most of the book and she still sounds good.
I won't be in any rush to download the third installment.
Intelligent and Witty! The historical references and languages only adds to the twist of the vampire/witch world Harkness has created with the All Souls Books! I await book 3!
I truly enjoyed "A Discovery Of Witches", even though it was slow at times. "Shadow Of Night", however, never seems to slow. I am listening for the 2nd time now and feel as though I can literally see the story. The narrator is extremely talented and has made her mark in making the book come alive.
I don't know what I was expecting from this book when I started it. I was afraid that it would be bogged down with history, given that the author is a historian. However, I was wrong. The book paints a great portrait of the times, with vividly drawn characters. A few too many characters in the beginning, as I wished I had a written copy to refer to. However, soon I was immersed in the story, which really picks up steam after starting slowly.
The book really does start where the first one ends, so if you haven't read/listened to A Discovery of Witches you may have some trouble keeping up. Matthew and Diana travel back to the 1590s to find the elusive manuscript, Ashmole 782, and to find a witch to mentor Diana and her burgeoning powers. Along the way they meet a cast of characters, some famous, and Matthew had to reconcile reliving his past while wondering what changes they will make to the future.
I was hoping for a little more magic, as one of the reasons for the trip was to help Diana learn her craft (that happens late in the story). I did enjoy the witches when we finally met them, and would have liked to have spent more time in their company.
The narrator was wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book, and would sit in the car after my commute was over to finish a chapter or two.
All in all this is a very good addition to the All Souls Trilogy. I gave the story a 4 (it didn't seem to flow as easily as DOW until later in the book), but would have given 4.5 if I could. My only regret is that I have to wait another year to see how everything ends!
AKA The Geeky Blogger
Read from June 14 to July 19, 2012
Read for Fun/
Got a Papercopy from Publisher but choose to buy the Audiobook instead!
Overall Rating: 5.00
Story Rating: 4.75
Character Rating: 5.00
Audio Rating: 5.00 (Not Part of the overall Rating)
NOTE: I am addicted to the audio version of these books! Seriously y'all--it is so darn good!!!
First thought when finished: The history lover in me loved this book! The Discovery of Witches fan was equally as impressed! :)
What I thought of the Characters: Deborah Harkness has a wonderful way with characters. You love them, you hate them, and you love reading what they are up to. Often times I felt like I was watching through a window as these people went along in their daily lives. All of the characters that were introduced in Shadow of Night from history were fascinating and very well flushed out. I was so caught up that at the end I really wanted a story about their back stories. I know I am being greedy but it is true! I also loved the continuing stories from Discovery of Witches. Diana is coming into her own (love her story arch) and she is my favorite character. Matthew is working through who he is as his past and future collide (so to speak). Diana and Matthew's relationship is epic and at the core of their characters. I wouldn't have it any other way!
What I thought of the Story: I would say that Shadow of Night is slightly slower than Discovery of Witches. It has a different pacing until about halfway through when Diana really starts getting into who she is as a witch. At that point, the story was off and running. I was listening to it every spare moment I had and still couldn't devour the book fast enough. I am pretty sure I had what my friends Tara and Amanda call P.A.B.D. (Post Awesome Book Disorder). I mean I listened to the last hour---twice! I wanted the next book now!!!!
What I thought of the Audio: Narrated by Jennifer Ikeda at a running time of 24 hrs and 30 mins, Shadow of Night was well worth it! I can't say enough of Jennifer's narration! She manages to get the pacing, emotion, and characterization just right! If you can listen to long audiobook, I highly recommend this one!
Final thought: I am a huge fan of this series! I highly recommend it!