"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 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...
Yes. Wonderful, interesting, and great narrator.
Everything. Been looking for stories just like this. Felling lucky to have found them.
The excellent accents the reader uses to keep us up with who's talking and what part of the world we currently find our characters in.
The travel and the secondary character insights.
I enjoyed hearing about how Matthew dealt with loss in this book... it seemed so honest, but I was a little frustrated by Diana's ignorance of the common dangers in the time they traveled to for a historian. Overall a fantastic second novel with many questions answered but many more raised!
Yes I would recommend. I was a bit disappointed that I didn't enjoy it as much as A Discovery of Witches. Historical details were interesting to me, but the whole book seemed to lack the suspense of the first. Some of the characters and relationships between them and 1600's Matthew seemed a little too convenient.
The obvious comparison is to its predecessor, A Discovery of Witches.
She did a great job with all the voices, my favorites were Diana and Matthew.
Although this book did not live up to the first for me, it was still very good, and I will anxiously await the next installment.
The first book in the series was good, the second was okay, the third was tolirable. by the end, I was bored and just glad it was done. even if it ended in a cliff hanger. dont even know if I will get the 4rth book in the series. I would rather a 15 minute abridged version because really the entire series could have been 1 book. the rest is filler.
I loved the fact that it starts where the first book left off...no recapping. The historical facts are great and pretty accurate!
There are so many wonderful characters in her series. I do love the main character of Diana..and the way she comes into her powers she had so long denied. This author is a wonderful story teller!
I have not listened to any of her other performances, but she was wonderful! I will definately look for other stories by her.
Phillip...the stories he could tell would be endless!
Its a great read although a little slow to start.
Matthew and Dianna are the favourites of mine, I guess because they are the main characters in the book.
Both Matthew & Dianna, although she is awesome at playing so many different characters. I had not realized that she played them all to begin with. I had thought there was others playing different parts.
No it is just a good read.
you have to read the first story first called "A discovery of witches" without reading the first one you would have no idea what the second one is about. Although she does keep refering to the past which is in the forst book.
This is only the second audiobook I've ever listened to and the first one was A Discovery of Witches. In my opinion this book tops the 1st in the series (and I loved that one).
I am enjoying learning about Diana's powers
Ms. Ikeda does a wonderful job depicting all of the different characters and keeping them straight for me.
I'm a newbie at audiobooks but I have found 2 favorites right off the bat. This book will keep you wanting more for sure!
I loved the first book and couldn't wait for the second to be released as an audible book, but I didn't enjoy this as much as the first book. Something just didn't do it for me, I kept waiting for something more to happen and it never did...but the overall story is still interesting enough to hold your attention.
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