It began with A Discovery of Witches. Historian Diana Bishop, descended from a line of powerful witches, and long-lived vampire Matthew Clairmont have broken the laws dividing creatures. When Diana discovered a significant alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, she sparked a struggle in which she became bound to Matthew. Now the fragile coexistence of witches, daemons, vampires and humans is dangerously threatened. Seeking safety, Diana and Matthew travel back in time to London, 1590. But they soon realise that the past may not provide a haven. Reclaiming his former identity as poet and spy for Queen Elizabeth, the vampire falls back in with a group of radicals known as the School of the Night. Many are unruly daemons, the creative minds of the age, including playwright Christopher Marlowe and mathematician Thomas Harriot.
Together Matthew and Diana scour Tudor London for the elusive manuscript Ashmole 782, and search for the witch who will teach Diana how to control her remarkable powers....
Fall under the spell of Diana and Matthew once more in this stunning, richly imagined, epic tale.
©2012 Deborah Harkness (P)2012 Headline Digital
"Intelligent and off-the-wall, it will be irresistable to Twilight fans." (The Sunday Times)
"A bubbling cauldron of illicit desire...all the ingredients for an assured saga that blends romance with fantasy." (Daily Mail)
"A romp through magical academia." (Guardian)
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"Excellent continuation of an excellent story"
Yes, well read, engaging story.
Henry, he plays a small part but he's so charming.
The same as the first, very well read.
Laugh a lot and at one point cry a lot!
This secind book as grippibg as the first, looking forward to reading the final part
I found this book disappointing, mainly due to the plethora of characters from history. It was although the characters had to meet every character in that period of history. struggled to finish
"Shadow of Night: A good follow up"
I really enjoyed this book and the narration was very pleasant to listen to. I love how this series focuses on intelligence and academics in a supernatural context. It's something I find to be very lacking in this genre so this book is a breath of fresh air.
After a fantastic Book 1, Book 2 begins slow. .. remains slow... and picks up a bit at the end.
Unfortunately as Book 1 was so good, even after somehow managing to listen to all of Book 2 I will be buying book 3!
I just hope it goes back to the high standards of the first in the trilogy!
thoroughly enjoyed both books so far and cannot wait to start next book in this series
"loving all souls trilogy, please make the film"
the text can be a bit jumpy but if you love the twilight saga you will love these
"Still not disappointed"
Having listened to the first book I could hardly wait to get started on the second to find out what happened! Quite often I can be left disappointed by follow-up's as they fail to capture the excitement of the first but this did not disappoint. The cast of characters grew and so did the plot line and I found myself immersed in the story. Loved it.
"Once again... good story but rubbish narrator."
There's no question that Harkness can spin a yarn... even if she gets tedious and saccharine hokey at times, and the historical inaccuracies make me wince. When she writes a new book though I'll probably give it a try.
She murders every *single* accent that isn't her native American. English, French, Spanish... and her idea of Scottish nearly took my skin off. And considering huge swathes of the trilogy are set in Europe IT HURTS. Why on earth don't publishers actually get these people an accent coach? Consider carefully whether to buy these audiobooks if you're British (and don't say I didn't warn you).
A further bugbear are the endless mispronunciations. Since when does laboratory rhyme with lavatory for a start? If you're narrating and aren't sure how to pronounce an unusual word, surely you should CHECK rather than just having a wild stab at it?
That was a looooooong book to listen to those dreadful accents, but by the time I got halfway through I decided to soldier through. I'm listening to the 3rd book atm... I don't know what's got into me. Must be a glutton for punishment as the accents have actually got worse...
"An extremely convoluted and boring plot"
I found the second book boring and extremely difficult to follow. I consider myself an intelligent individual but one needs a degree in history to follow the storyline. So many characters and twists are thrown at you in quick succession that it made me feel dizzy and gave me a headache. Eventually, I resolved to opening a notepad and taking notes in order to follow along.
Unless you have a strong knowledge and interest in Elizabethan history, I would give this book a miss.
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