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!
Like many others, I have read/listened to all the House of Night books. This isn't the best, but the narrator makes the audiobook almost unbearable. I am so glad I bought the hardback for my daughter - I ended up reading the book instead of listening to it. This narrator sounds like a 12 year old kid, which is insulting to 12 year olds. She basically reads the story, and you cannot tell which character is speaking. The main character and her friends are 17, 18 and older. Get a narrator that matches their age.
As for the story, there are too many story lines going at once, and it ends with a terrible clifhanger. I will continue to read the series, but will not buy another audiobook with this narrator.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I didn't know what to expect, and I generally read thrillers. This book was hilarious -- I laughed out loud during several passages, and almost always had a smile on my face when listening. The narrator was good (not great) and I didn't have any trouble distinguishing the characters. The ending was a little predictable, but all in all a great summer book.
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