The Magician's world.
Make Nora less annoying and petulent
When Nora's wedding ring was removed.
One should find the main character congenial. Nora starts out that way but she changes and challenges her mentor in a most annoying way. She becomes preachy and judgmental. Her feminism seems a weapon that she is quite unskilled in using much like her magic.
A story line not based on the resolution of the problems presented in the second novel but on the evolution of the main characters.
The re-telling of the story line previously presented in Book I and Book II. A trilogy does not need to do that.
The torture of creatures.
Disappointed that the author waited so long to deliver so little. Book II and Book III are essentially add ons to the world built in Book I, A Discovery of Witches. I could see pieces of popular culture in Book III used to fill in the story line. Harkness would have been better off with just one good book rather than a weak trilogy.
Jennifer Ikeda's characterizations
Gallowglass undoubtedly! His strength and loyalty to the Order and to Matthew.
Diana preparing for her wedding.
In the Shadow of Night
This volume was indeed good. However, it relied too much on the author's real life specialties and research. The similarities between this fictional work and Dr. Harkness' interest and research on Alchemy, the Voynich Manuscript, (Yale MS 408) and the 15th century seem to overshadow the story of Diana and Matthew in this second volume. What is related to Diana and Matthew's relationship, both in the present and in the past is well done, i.e. her quest to find a teacher and his to fight his own demons. I enjoyed the fictional characters of the past but not the historical ones. Gallowglass and Phillipe added to the main story. The new character in the present Phoebe was also delightful.
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