"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 loved the first book, A Discovery of Witches, and enjoyed the continuation of the story of Diana and Matthew's adventure, but have had a VERY hard time finishing this story. There are way too many characters and the author does not take the time to develop more than a few of them. Each time I start listening, I have to back up several chapters to review who's who and what's happening or I'm lost. I've actually started the story from the beginning more than once and I'm starting to wonder just how much I care. I really want to like this book, and want to listen to all three in the trilogy, but if this one had been first, it would have been the last for me.
I hope hot
I liked her Diana very much in the first book, but she seemed rather lifeless in this book. I don't think it was the narrator's fault, however.
I suppose, but I'd like to see someone I've never heard of in the major roles.
This is a lovely follow-up to A Discovery of Witches. As in the first book, the love story between the central characters is believable (which is saying a lot since we're talking about romance between a witch and a vampire), but it's the rich texture the author creates that makes this story so engrossing. This is made even more enjoyable by the narration which couldn't be more perfect or more appropriate. As I listen to the story, I see the colors, smell the smells, and hear the crinkle of the fabrics. Also well developed is the process of our modern day heroine learning to fit in to her new 16th century world; a process that highlights the world of a woman of that time.
I found this book to be just as good as the first, and I'm anxiously looking forward to the third book in this series.
I couldn't wait for this second book and then "simply devoured it"! It was twisty and suspense-filled and as good as the first. Now I can't wait for #3!
Having truly enjoyed the first, I found myself wanting more. As with most second books in a series, this one has now set the stage for the third. Still a great performance and well worth the read!
Great detail and interesting twists that keep you engaged in reading to find out how it plays out. The main characters relationship in a different time is interesting to watch unfold.
Diana meeting her relative.
A deaf friend of Matthew's. The narrator did a wonderful job, I dealt as if I were hearing him speak for myself.
Back to the 16th Century
Good read, but Deborah did more with describing tastes and smells in he first book. I felt more involved in the book and characters.
very good second part of a trilogy. I am looking forward to the closing chapter! The narration was excellent and definitely added to the story.
I rushed through it wanting to know what happened next and I eagerly await the next novel.
Loved this book, I liked the Discovery of Witches but I loved this book.
I was reluctant to purchase this book as I thought the first one was a bit wordy and sometimes annoying. I was surprised at how much more I enjoyed this book. It kept me much more interested and now I can't wait for the next book. Well worth the listen.
Report Inappropriate Content