"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
The easy flow and connection from A Discovery of Witches. No unnessary
preamble - it began as if you had just turned a page from the first book.
I'm an eclectic reader. I'm 5 foot 3 in, brown eyes and silver hair. The rest is subject to change.
Just when you think you know where this is going, she takes you in another direction. Enough back story for you to believe you're there. Believable characters and a good pace. Kept my interest though out the narrative
Pierre. Everyone should have a friend like Pierre. He's there but he doesn't get sucked into the drama. He's fun.
I love her inflections and different voices. Her emotes and characterizations just give it that special umph.
In the top 10
Great story, well constructed, logically sequenced - better than Discovery of Witches
Hard to say. For me, I'm just looking for the reader not to distract from the story - She doesn't. All her men sound the same to me but it doesn't distract.
This is a fantastic story! Jennifer's reading style and character voices are captivating! I can't wait for Book 3 to come out!
The continuation of a magical and engaging love story spiced with history and alchemy, topped off by another masterful performance by Jennifer Ikeda.
Jennifer Ikeda is perfect. Her characterizations are flawless and easy to fall into.
It was a good sequel but lacked some of the magic of the first book. Deborah Harkness has a way of constructing sentences that flow into rhythmical paragraphs which leave you exceptionally satisfied. I feel I have inhabited the world she has created, wether reading the novel or listening to the audio book. Jennifer Ikeda makes that world come alive brilliantly.
I had never heard of this author. I thought her first book in this series was something else. This book is even better. She weaves history into the story and brings both to life. Can't wait for her next book!
Adventurous, Historical, Captivating
Diana Bishop is my favorite character in this book because she shows so much courage and kindness throughout the story. I would love to be half the women she is. You learn more about who her parents are and why they had to put a spell on her for her own good.
I don't like to give away good parts but I will just say that it doesn't disappoint.
Their were several parts that made me chuckle and get teary eyed. It's a mixed emotion type of book.
I know it might seem boring in parts( If you don't like History you might have a problem with this book) but stick with it and you won't be disappointed. The Narrator did an excellent job at the many different accents in this story. She never bored me.
Time listening to a book is always well-spent. How often my mind wanders is an indicator of the quality of the book.
Most interesting was the different strengths of the witches, the knots. Least interesting were the characters of Marlowe and Shakespeare.
Interesting voice changes.
Would need lots of editing.
Book had some transition problems. Was really looking forward to the second book. so I listened to The Discovery of Witches again. A much better book.
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