I have read and listened to “A Discovery of Witches” more than a dozen times over the past year. I waited for “Shadow of Night” like a child eagerly anticipates Christmas. In this new book, Deborah Harkness weaves a beautiful story as the main characters escape into the past. The new characters in the story are refreshing and endearing. Once again, Jennifer Ikeda does a marvelous performance of every character. Also, as a history major in college, I found the detailed information on the Elizabethan era of England interesting. With all of that said, I missed some the “magic” found in the first book. I felt the detailed historical information slowed the storyline. Matthew’s point of view is rarely provided. I missed the quick wit exchanges between characters, the faster pace to the storyline, and the peaks and valleys in the storyline of the first book. While I recommend the book and, once again, eagerly await the third volume, I am hoping that the full magic that Harkness has the ability to provide in her writing will be found in the next book.
Yes, I often listen to her books a couple of times because I enjoy the characters so much. The characters in The Collector are like good friends you want to visit again.
I like the parts with the dog and the reveal of the final painting.
It was a good performance. I thought her male voices were believable, which I find many female readers to struggle to provide.
Yes. It wasn't because of the suspense of the plot, but the characters you are want to know more about.
Nora Roberts is one of those gifted writers who pulls you into the world she creates. You want her main characters to be your friends and the opportunity to share their joy.
A great production.
The final letter and the great twist at the end
He captures how love is the greatest gift to each other.
A Nora Roberts fan will enjoy it
I love the Irish setting of many of her books. But the accents were hard to follow in this audio version. I had a hard time to remind myself that the characters were young. They all sounded like people in their forties.
Enjoyed the characters and the story line. She does a good job of developing this world that is segmented according to virtues, and once again shows how the desire for power corrupts.
L. A. Meyer does it again with this excellent adventure series. Katherine Kellgren is wonderful in her reading of it. She brings each character to life. This is one book that keeps everyone on the edge of their seat waiting to see what is going to happen next.
The printed books are outstanding, and somehow Katherine Kellgren makes them even better in her reading. Few books offer this much adventure, especially for girls. The entire series is a must for young (above 12 unless you want to have to explain things) and old. This is a series I will have waiting for my granddaughter when she getting older.
Deborah Harkness invites you into a new and exciting world of vampires, witches and demons. The writing flows smoothly and every phrase pulls you deeper into this world and captures your heart and imagination. The only problem is the fact that this is the first of three books, and you hunger for the next one as soon as you read (or listen to) the last word.
By having the book written from the child's viewpoint enables you to see this story of survival from a different perspective. I think it would be almost unbearable to read the story from the mother's viewpoint simply because of her own grief and anger and hate. Without all of Jack's questions, you really would not believe the story because that is what kids do - they ask a million questions. It is truly a story of the love of a mother for her child.
Once again, Nora Roberts creates characters that you would like to have as personal friends -- warm, strong, a bit edgy, and who are willing to look far beyond the surface in their relationship.
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