"Together we lifted our feet and stepped into the unknown." (From the thrilling sequel to the New York Times best seller A Discovery of Witches)
Deborah Harkness exploded onto the literary scene with her debut novel, A Discovery of Witches, Book One of the magical All Souls Trilogy and an international publishing phenomenon. The novel introduced Diana Bishop, Oxford scholar and reluctant witch, and the handsome geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont; together they found themselves at the center of a supernatural battle over an enchanted manuscript known as Ashmole 782.
Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana and Matthew into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens.
Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries, delivering one of the most hotly anticipated novels of the season.
©2012 Deborah Harkness (P)2012 Penguin Audio
There is so much information this book is great audio!
I love this book.
I have not. But will again
Only two comments:
1. You need to read the first book in this series, 'A Discovery of Witches', in order to really follow this book.
2. My only complain is that I fell behind in my other chores for the day as I couldn't put the book aside.
2nd book after A Discovery of Witches - Awesome - couldn't wait to start this one!
I just want to be entertained!
A quick preface:
I read the first few pages of "A Discovery of Witches" and was hooked; snagging any free moment I could to sit down and delve further into the story. However, halfway through, that enthusiasm started to quickly fade and by the end I was questioning whether of not I cared enough to even bother reading the next book.
But I'll cut to the chase!
If you're wondering whether or not you should continue this series or (for you first timers) start this series, here's my advice:
If you enjoy the sort of sci-fi, vampire-human, "epic", romantic, adventure stories similar to book and/or movie series like Twilight, then you may very well enjoy this book. Deborah Harkness' attention to detail and expertise on the subject of science and history does add a much needed and enjoyable touch of sophistication to the writing that is absent in the Twilight novels.
But there were a few things about this book that just weren't my cup of tea. It may be my own nit-picky preference, but one of my worst pet peeves is useless female protagonists! No matter how many times the narration insists that Diana is a tough cookie or how many times Matthew calls her "ma lionne," a witch that can't use magic is the utter epitome of uselessness, especially in a world where you are surrounded by danger on all sides! And Matthew's constant, overbearing, possessive protectiveness and need to be in control isn't any better. Not to mention how he consistently chooses to sabotage his and Diana's plans by keeping Diana in the dark and at a distance so he can indulge his annoying tendency towards bouts of self-loathing.
However, I must say the most disappointing part of this story is how long it takes to get absolutely no where. I love Deborah's intense, detail-oriented descriptions but her dialogue and pacing lets the story drag on. I am already a third of the way through the book and am still waiting for Diana to learn how to be a witch! At this point, I have to put the book down and step away, before I throw it at someone (figuratively speaking since its an audiobook). I guess it's just not my sort of story...
Great Narration Though!
As for the narration, I have absolutely nothing against Jennifer Ikeda. Her ability to fluently read through the prose with animated accents - perfectly embodying each widely varying character in this extensive tale - is quite amazing. Also her perfect recital of French, Occitan and the other languages featured in these books must be applauded.
That's my two cents.
I struggle with this series as a male reader. The series feels like a mix between Indiana Jones and Harry Potter...wonderful! The Twilighty romance is tolerable, but at times it just makes me wonder if I'm reading a book I like.
This installment of the series was as enjoyable as the first, but the action and scholar as hero themes were displaced too much for my taste. Itfelt like it tookforever for any real danger to show up. An emotionally charged moment in the narrative felt entirely glossed over to me (no spoilers from this guy!), and it took me out of the story.
I thought the second installment in the All Souls Trilogy was wonderful. One reader said there were too many new characters introduced, but I thought each character had their own role to play within the storyline. I think Deborah Harkness does a wonderful job of laying out the continued storyline, while also giving us further insight into the characters. I thought it was a wonderfully delicious read. It's one of those stories that you just curl up with and listen to. I love listening when it's quiet - so I have the opportunityt to sit still while listening.
I am hoping that the third and final books gives us everything that we have come to expect, and finally a "happily ever after' for our beautiful couple.
No way, I found this book to be boring beyond belief. The first book was pretty good and I liked a lot of things about it. This book was just not well put together, the story was so fragmented and just poorly written. I hate to say this but it's the truth. I wonder if the author didn't just rush it to get something out, it could have been good, but it became very trite and predictable and boring. Extremely boring!
The narrator is just plain god awful! I have never been quite as annoyed by a narrator in any other audio book, and I've listened to a lot of audio books.
Some of the characters are fine but when she does the voice for Diana, the main character it's awful. It's hard to describe, it's just plain annoying.
I needless to say will not be purchasing any further novels by this author.
A different narrator possibly, but I think it comes down to a poorly written book.
No, but I listened because I paid for it, so I felt I should at least give it a full listen, but I haven't wanted to turn off an audio book as often as this one.
Don't waste your money.
absolutely #1. this is the BEST audio book I have ever heard. Jennifer Ikeda is amazing. Her voice is magical. She makes the characters come to life. She is so good at languages, accents and different voices. Every character has a unique voice and it makes the story flow like it is being watched on the big screen.
I totally fell in love with A Discovery of Witches but Shadow of Night has me feeling lost. I love this book so much. I already miss it and i just finished it!
The time travel. Just simply amazing.This book made me feel like I was there. 16th century is amazing and I feel like I was honestly there!!
EVERYTHING! She is amazing. SIMPLY AMAZING! Everything about her is magical!
I want to adopt Jack. He is so sweet. I miss him already. Take out to dinner? Probably Diana's mom. We dont hear a lot from her but I would love to meet her!
If you have not read this series, do so now! I admit that I got a little bored with A Discovery of Witches but it was not the books fault. Setting the stage for this magnificant story took a little time. Once I got about 1/4 of the way in, I was totally hooked. Book 3 cannot come out fast enough! This is without a doubt the best audio book I have ever heard.
How did we ever get through the day without audiobooks?
I was enchanted by the first in this series, and this book was even better than the first!
I loved the new characteristics associated with the vampires, demon and witches that A Discovery of Witches assigned. A new angle to characters that are quickly becoming overused in todays literary culture.
I took the time to re-listen to the first book before I ventured into this book, and I'm glad that I did. There were a lot of details and nuances that had slipped my mind. With the first book fresh, I appreciated the 2nd more. It flowed nicely and completely from the first to the second.
I already have a note on my Christmas lists to make a gift of these books to family that will enjoy it!
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