"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 just wish the next book was out! Fantastic in the top 5's for me!! Clever and well written, fantastic narration. I love it!
Very well written
Discovery of Witches - This sequel was wonderful. The performance kept me engaged, as well as the story line.
I'm a DJ who travels a lot and listen to books while I drive 4 hours in each direction weekly. I've been an avid reader since the age of 5!
I wouldn't listen to it again...I really wanted to love it, but it wasn't even close to the thought out story of the first book that held my attention. It hopped all over the place to make sense of what it needed to explain.
I knew there would have to be another book - the ending was expected.
She's good. I would listen to her again.
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I'm not sure who would enjoy it honestly. Her first book was entertaining and it made me look forward to this book. Then this book came out with interesting characters and then this bizarre soft porn side to it that made it extraordinarily unattractive for me (a single un-prudish mother of 50 and my sons (20 and 17) - also not prudish. We started fast forwarding and then none of us finished. I would love my money back.
Not any follow up to this.
She's very good at clearly differentiating voices.
disappointment in the book.
Don't buy - it's not worth it. And Deborah Harkness - please don't make this into 50 shades of vampires and witches.
This book caught my attention immediately and never wanted to stop listening
The reader was great!
Deborah Harkness, probably not. The first of the trilogy was all right, but I had to force myself to get through this one.
Jennifer Ikeda had an amazing range in her performance and a wide range of accents. It was an enjoyable narration but I could have done with a few less accents.
No. Juvenile and dramatic without the heft to support the drama.
Henry, with the hearing impairment.
About the same
It's not predictable.
Not sure. I particularly liked when Diana performed magic.
Probably, but it was a LONG book.
Parts of the love story seemed a bit contrived but overall I liked the character development and it's unpredictability.
I liked it better than The Discovery of Witches.
I was hesitant about listening to this book after some of the violent scenes in the first book. However, the characters were compelling and I wanted to know what was going to happen to them. I found this book to be gentler than the first and more to my liking. All of the details build a rich world that is hard to leave. Looking forward to book 3.
I listen to books on tape typically about 10 or more hours a week during my commute time. A good book makes you kind of forget your driving!
Top 15% - I listen to five or more books a month for the last three years.
She did a great job with all characters, male and femail.
Great followup to Discovery of Witches. Had to really reach sometimes but when you are talking about fantasy ad supernatural having to bridge a plot gap may require a reach.
Jennifer Ikeda brings a different voice and accent to a multiplicity of characters making it more enjoyable and easier to understand,
There are too many memorable moments to just pick one....
I am not one for bodice ripper romances but the narration of Matthew and Diana's wedding night was done well and sticks in my mind as well written and performed.
I have been a devoted audiophile....I have only listened to two books more than once: A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night....I enjoyed them that much...
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