Absolutely adored this book. Erudite, dripping with history, wonderful and funny writing - could not put it down. The whole idea of the book is fasc..Show More »inating - make you look at people and on the street and wonder "Are they........?" Will not spoil it, but her theory could explain why psychiatry does not really work all the time!! The narrator Jennifer Ikeda was excellent....was able to do a variety of accents - a very creditable Australian accent, which so few seem able to manage, French (ancient and modern) and a Glaswegian accent!!!
A most terrific & non-typical treatment of Witches
I thought the cautiously developed relationship and then to true love was handled extremely well and very realistic for a fantasy novel. Very tough t..Show More »o deal with archetypes that have been done to death and done to silliness like the Twilight series exemplifies. THIS work is just the first chapter in a Triology. Leaves anyone wanting more and explains why it's been doing so well on the top selling books lists in over two dozen languages,
I was REALLY looking forward to the third installment of this series. I started reading two years ago and like many I have been eagerly awaiting this ..Show More »book. Even with my anticipation high, I genuinely feel that I went in with an open mind. Given Deborah Harkness is new to novel writing, and the discrepancies between book one and book two, I was prepared for a few inexplicably changed plot points (such as Phillipes blood song). However I was shocked at the holes left behind, questions left unanswered, stories left unfinished, and blatant use of "hand of god" problem solving technique. In a good novel or series, nothing is written in that isn't useful to the carrying out of the plot. I felt that every single time a problem arose in this book a new character was introduced to solve it.
The whole series is so amazing I couldnt break in between and i am so sad its finished. The development of truely complex characters is the best ..Show More »I have ever enjoyed. it is all emcompasing with references to many history people, events and im sure plenty of other facts that i may have missed but felt a part of them as the story was told. This was my favorite series of all time and definitely an all rounder for anyone with an appreciation for great writting.