a pleasant diversion in the story; not greatly compelling, mildly entertaining but not very substantial
I have been a great fan of the Gabaldon novels before this. However, this time, the narrators were TERRIBLE and the story was long, slow, boring and predictable. She definitely capitalized on the greatness of her past novels for this one. A HUGE disappointment!
Narrators were amateurish sounding and annoying.
I was very disappointed in this sequel to Discovery of Witches. It lacked the tight story line and seemed redundant and weak. the characters lacked the focus and intensity in their characters that they possessed in the first book. I had the sense of too many excessive adjectives being used to pad out a thin story line.
Discovery of Witches was tightly written, engaging and exciting. I actually listened to it twice, which I almost never do with a book, and enjoyed it as well the second time.
it was OK, just not wonderful.
when the first book is so outstanding it must be extremely difficult to live up to your initial standard. i would like to see if Ms. Harkness produces future works though and how she handles them.
What began as a fairly well written first half that developed inter familiar relationships and misunderstandings, dissolved into the second half that was overwhelmingly cloying and annoying with sophomoric writing and events, laced with exhortations of following God, God's rules and punishments for not following his rules, Jesus knows the way, and the like. It became a tome meant for Christian convert readers who wanted to be inundated with religious dogma and hypocrisies. Boring, misleading as a book for general public enjoyment, offensive in it's preachiness. Give this book to your local convert chapter of evangelicals who want to brainwash their children into being "good Christians". Come to think of it, it sounded a lot like Sarah Palin.
I normally rate Diana Gabaldon's books at 5, but this one was not as strong as the first two books in the series. First half was somewhat slow, repetitious and a bit boring, but the second half definitely picked up the pace. As a fan of her series though I would likely recommend it to be read.
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