"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
If I'm not reading, I'm listening.
Rich with Detail and meets all expectations
I love Diana's encounter with Queen Elizabeth
Wonderful accents. She does a fabulous job portraying the partially deaf Henry Percy
Gallowglass. When I met him, I was ready not to like him, but he became a cog in the wheel.
Ms. Harkness has made 1590's Europe and time travel feel perfectly reasonable and realistic. The research she must have done to provide the level of detail is enviable and I kept dreading that the end of each chapter was the end to the book. Diana and Matthew's relationship and personalities become deeper and they really flesh out as characters. Love this book. Better than the first one.
I enjoyed Shadow of Night much more than Discovery of Witches. I liked Matthews story.
Jennifer does a great job reading.
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Shadow of Night and A Discovery of Witches are both in my top 5 books of the year.
My favorite characters are Matthew and Diana. They are an awesome team I can't pick one over the other.
You need to read the first book "Discovery of Witches", then you will understand the second, which has references to the first book and a lot of historical references, albeit with some literary license. Book two is Ok and sets you up for Book 3
Don't have one
Don't think so
I hope it doesn't keep going and going and going,,,, I will eventually loose interest
This novel is why I joined up with audible. I was so upset where the first novel left off I had to find out when this one was available. It was only a few days old! Audible was the fastest way for me to get my hands on the story.
I enjoyed the idea of moving through time and some of the people Diana was able to meet and interact with.
Yes I have and no complaints.
Something focused more on "time".
Yes, of course. it's a great story and I want to listen again to hear details I missed the first time around
really enjoyed the modern woman (diana) in 1590 and all the little things that she had to learn and adjust to. Very well told. And I loved all the parts with Phillipe.
Hmm... I liked the group of friends, Marlow, Raleigh, George, Henry - I enjoyed listening to their exchanges.What I didn't get was why the Jewish men in Prague sounds like NY Jews. That was kind of funny but not in a good way
I also very much enjoyed the voice she gave Phillipe
It was a good title. This one is mostly about Matthew and his world so it's a good name for the book.
I'm always curious why Marcus has an English accent in this and the first book. Also curious why the Jewish prague men sound like NY jewish men (like I mentioned above.) Those things were a bit distracting. Jennifer Ikeda does a good french woman though!
Picks up right where Discovery of Witches left off. Great character development. Great history. I cannot wait for book 3!!!
Daughter of a librarian, trained as a librarian, a lifelong lover of books. Mysteries, sci fi, fantasy, biography, true crime, romance, cooking, classic films, etc.!
While I agree with other reviewers that there is not an enormous amount of plot advancement in this book, I enjoyed the descriptions of the time, the places, and the new takes on familiar names. I hope that the third book will make it clear what happened to some of the minor characters, like the children encountered in the past.
I do think that quite a bit of time was spent establishing the time and place so that it was easier to understand what makes Matthew tick - why and how he came to be who he is in the present. His friends in this time are the influential who are shaping the world, and he is quietly shaping them. There were characters I loved, and those I hated, as the author intended. I feel that I have a much better appreciation for the time.
I look forward to the next book, but that is because I trust the payoff will be there for the HEAVY investment in character and background found in this book rather than extensive advancement of the plot. This is not a book for the casual reader, just picking up a random book - it is clearly part of a series that will need to be read in order.
Yes. There are lots of details and it would be worth listening to again to catch anything I missed the first time around.
I love the main characters, Diana and Matthew. The author does a great job of showing their strengths as well as weaknesses, and the story keeps you rooting for them.
Jennifer Ikeda does a great job of using slight variations in pitch and accent to make each character different, but I particularly like the voice she uses for Matthew. It's very proper/refined, and fits everything else given about his character.
With the exception of some unnecessary repetition of details (some are reminders of what happened in first book, which some might find useful, but some details get repeated from earlier in the book which is tedious), I really enjoyed this book. I had it downloaded on my phone, and listened to it anytime I was in the car for longer than a 10 minute drive. An 8.5 hour drive felt almost too short while listening, since I had barely bit into the story.
The author takes demons, witches and vampires and places them into a new context. She picks up right where she left off in A Discovery of Witches, and takes the reader into 16th century adventures. If you enjoyed the first book, you will not be disappointed in this second book. I'm almost done listening, and already can't wait for the 3rd book.
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