"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'm an avid audible book listener. I am a huge fan of supernatural books and like stuff that is scary but well written. I live in Denver Co
Good follow up to Discovery of Witches. Reading Discovery obviously is a must prior to this story. I didn't like it quite as much as the first book but enjoyed it. The writing is fabulous and the story is well mapped. Narration top knotch. A little too much "romance" for my taste which is why I think it wasn't as good to me as the first.
Get the series!
I love stories about relationships and this one has plenty to offer. I think I've listened to this book a dozen times already and pick up something new each time.
One of the most memorable moments is between Phillip, Dianna and Mathew. I don't want to ruin the story, but I love the part of the story where Mathew and Dianna meet Mathews father Phillip. Mathew’s guilt, Philip's love and insight and eventual acceptance are played out perfectly.
I've not heard Jennifer Ikeda narrate before, but I'd say she's one of the best, if not the best, I've heard so far. She brings all the characters to life and can somehow do male as well as female voices making them all sound real and not forced. I'm not sure how she is able to master so many accents and cadence to make each voice sound unique enough that you know who id speaking without hearing the character name.
I think Shadow of Night is the perfect title.
Loved this story. A wonderful 2nd novel in the All Souls trilogy. Dianna and Matthews adventures into the 16th century were totally mesmerizing. Once again Ms Harkness intertwined real historical figures with her wonderful fictional characters resulting in a wonderful story. Can't wait for the third book. Jennifer Ikeda does another excellent job in narration.
PNR is my prefered genre, but I also enjoy any lighthearted, funny, steamy stories. Listening to books helps me to do mindless housework.
I'm nowhere near an expert on history, but I've always enjoyed this period of time, and Ms. Harkenss does an AMAZING job illustrating life in the later 16th century in wonderful detail. Moreover she has woven in another of my interests, supernatural creatures, as well as continues the relationship between Matthew and Diana.
Um, a history book mabey? I was reminded of the Showtime series "The Tutors" and the days (before I had kids) when I could go to Ren. Faires!
Love, love, love her ability to beliveably deplict charater voices!
Yes, most definatly, but, waaay to long to do so.
I personally thoughly enjoyed all the detail Ms. Harkness uses, it's very apparent she is aquanted with the time period. It would be hard for me to say which I enjoyed more the 1st or 2nd, and I'm going to have a very difficult time waiting for the 3rd installment!!
At times, the story seemed to drag a bit, but overall, it was a pretty good continuation of the story started in A Discovery of Witches. I enjoyed the historical figures that popped up throughout the story.
Yes. I have recommended it to several of my friends already.
Loved the time travel aspect of the story.
Its a long book. Probably would take longer then one sitting to listen to it all.
Interesting turns and twists to the story- definitely not predictable!
Interesting storyline- very unique. Witches, vampires, demons, time-travel- all in the form of a decent mystery thriller!
Excellent narration, easy to listen to, great storyteller!
I found myself a little surprised at the lack of a feminist response in some of the situations (I was expecting them- as a man, I found some of the details very chauvinistic.) I found the subservience a little distasteful, even when it might have been period-appropriate.
I thought some of the love scenes were a little drawn out (almost softcore porn). In some cases, I felt it took away from the action of the overall story. Other than that, I really liked this book! I found it even better than the first one! Well worth a listen!
Believer in what you can't see
I love learning about the period from the characters perspective
The narrator was excellent but I was a little annoyed at how Diana refuse to listen to anyone while she lived in the 1500's.
I loved the scene with Diana's drake
No, I didn't have an extreme reaction. t did however want to shake Diana everytime she walk right into danger. Especially when she went wit Kit and was tied to a post. I was so annoyed.
Looking forward to the third book
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