"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
I highly recommend this audiobook. The reader, Jennifer Ikeda, is one of my favorites, an expert at accents. Bad accents is a pet peeve of mine, but she does at least five perfectly, probably more. The story itself is expertly weaved, but I would definitely tell you to read the first book before this one so you can get all the nuances.
Time travel is possible. YOu'll believe it.
Good continuation of the story. This one was a little slow and not very exciting.
I'm still interested in another book though. So I would suggest reading it if you liked the first book.
This book was full of everything, "A Discovery of Witches" left me wanting: Authentic time travel, adventure, and FINALLY the consummation of Matthew and Diana's marriage. A complex plot is skillfully filled in and important characters are introduced. The author manages an elegant but no-nonsense literariness with her gorgeous use of imagery, foreshadowing, and suspense.
This is definitely worth the credit. It is beautifully written, well narrated, and a fun listen.
I am a 50ish mother of two and grandma of one who completed her first reading of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by the eight grade.
As with A Discovery of Witches, this story has it's highs and lows. Although not as fast as paced as the introductory novel, this second installment takes it's time and therefore may seem "slow" to some. But the sparse interjections of present vs. past will hook an astute reader. This second novel seems to be the 'set up" of better things to come.
The background provided and Deborah's take on the origins/history of magic are unique and therefore noteworthy. The story does not follow old and tired formulas surrounding the history of magic and it's practice. It is therefore not a lazy writer's approach to the subject of magic. It is refreshingly different.
Jennifer's performance is unparallelled. Her pronunciation and accents are beyond comparison. The languages in the first novel ranges from British English to American English to French, to Latin. The second novel incorporates all of the same and adds Greek, Spanish and Italian. All of this while encompassing numerous male and female characters. Usually I prefer to read books, but Jennifer brings the story alive.
While this book may have not quite lived up to my expectations, it did set the stage for the final installment and leaves the reader with a very big question. Hopefully, all will be answered in book 3.
good reading if you read the first, not sure you could follow the character line if not.
time travel, true love, magic all the things that make fiction fun!
Just looking for an enjoyable story! Books are my passion.
I very seldom read any book twice.
After reading The Discovery of Witches, I couldn't wait for this one to come out and I wasn't disappointed. Harkness described the past in great detail, and her characters were enjoyable.
I really didn't think this could possibly be as good as Discovery of Witches, but it was! Just amazing-- and now I am crying over having to wait a year for the last book. Don't miss this series, it's really wonderful.
After a fantastic first installment in the All Souls Trilogy, this second book is long and boring and lacking all the charm and magic of the first. Mostly it seems to be a way for the author to show off her historical research. The reader is the same and just as excellent but the writing is just too poor even for her to elevate.
A Discovery of Witches was a wonderful story. Shadow of Night picks up right where the first book left off. I listen to audio books when I drive, and I had a really hard time turning my car off. I didn't want to stop listening, and didn't want to book to end. (Although it does have a nicely wrapped up ending.) Can hardly wait for the next one! It'll take a long time, no doubt. These are long, well thought out books. The story captivates, and the narrator does a GREAT job! (She does mispronounce a few words and names, but it's easily overlooked.) Bottom line....I love this author's writing style! Buy this book! Buy the first one, too!
Couldn't stop listening!
Great accents, she really made it easy to know who was speaking by using her voice.
This book did make me tear up at the end.
When is the next in the series coming out?
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