"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
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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.
I would easily listen to this one again. The reader was great with the differentiation of voices which made it a more enjoyable book to listen to.
Who wouldn't I want to dine with? I thought that each character we developed well and I could easily have some good discussions with them.
This book kept my attention even more than the first book, A Discovery of Witches, did. I just finished it today and am already looking forward to the third book.
Totally believable fantasy
Can't think of one.
To many to choose from, but if only one......... Diana
I would like to believe is all true.
Entertaining, exciting, good read
Diana in the orchard
No but it was really good
Im really excited for the next one!
This is an imaginative and fun story. It is historically accurate and has very interesting historical detail. It was read perfectly by the actress and I recommend it highly. I can't wait for the final book of the trilogy and I think I will probably read or listen to everything this author writes in the future.
I was really looking forward to this sequel to Discovery of Witches but it was really a slog to listen to it all. I often forgot who new characters were but it didn't seem to matter. Nothing much ever happened. Like many series authors Harkness succumbed to the temptation to just write and write without paying attention to building suspense or plot. She throws in historical characters for no rhyme or reason. Basically this book just rambles on with no compelling drama. People have compared Harkness to Diana Gabaldon, but at least Gabaldon puts her characters in jeapordy and creates suspense. There is only one mildly suspenseful scene in this book, but if you have a witch who basically can cast a spell to do anything it's pretty hard to endanger her. On the upside Harkness is a historian and some of the historical detail is fun. She doesn't really explain the time travel paradoxes satisfactorily and I was left wondering why Matthew didn't warn his father in the 1500s about the Nazis who eventually killed him.
Absolutely, in fact my daugher, who uses an e-reader, listened to the first book after reading it (at my insistance) and felt it "came alive". She is planning on buying the audio version of this book too.
Deborah Harkness has caught my attention again with Shadow of Night. Once again, I found myself completely captured by the characters and the settings that she so wonderfully creates. I can not wait for the release of the third book to find out what happens with Mathew and Diana and their ever growing family of witches, demons, vampires and humans.
My emotions were hit hard at Diana's loss. I felt her all of her sorrow and mourning.
She is fantastic!
Glasgo (not sure of spelling since I was listening, not reading). You know he has so much to tell. He sees so much, is involved in everything and I know there is a story or four there.
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