Right in the middle. With its engaging characters and pretty seamless blend of dialog and narrative. I didn't seriously dislike any part of this book, nor did I find myself regretting the pace as Diana and Matthew wander their way through the 16th century, but this book lacks something. I think it might be urgency.
I would have given them something real and pressing to do the whole time. Their goals, while being well defined, are totally disconnected from most of their actions until they happen upon something that leads them closer to their prize. Little layers of mystery are stripped away from the book and Dianas powers, and its all cool, but those revelations lacked punch for me. Where the first book kinda knocked the wind out of you from time, this one just had me sighing with understanding as the pieces fell into place... I wouldnt dream of second guessing the author or telling her how to write a series I have only a passing investment in, and really, maybe there was no way to get all this exposition done while still keeping the first books desperate vaulting pace intact.. but Uggh. It could have been better.
Awesomeness. She is great and the only reason I didnt give her all of my precious stars is because I couldnt always differentiate the characters. I think It was a writing thing, since it was even worse when I was reading the book, but I gota go with how I feel yuknow? this being a review and all.
uuuuuuuuh a discovery of witches part 2: 2nd acts are hard man.
I liked it despite all these things. You should give her your money because I want the next one to happen.
The story continues, read in a pleasant voice that kept me company on my travels, and keeping long drives tolerable.
Enjoyed the historical references tied to the fantasy, danger and romance between the characters.
Pleasant and realistic inflections.
The 2 main characters...who doesn't like a relationship between vampires and witches?
Can't wait to listen to the next book in the series!
I loved "The Discovery of Witches" so much that I quickly bought "The Shadow of Night". It was very different than the first book. The first was hard to stop listening to. I couldn't wait to finish work so I could go home and listen some more. But the second book seemed to drag and I got lost in all the history and characters. I loved hearing about the famous people, but it distracted from the main characters. I had to go back to the end of the first book to figure out why Matthew and Diana went back in time in the first place. "Oh, yeah, to find some stronger witches to teach Diana, really?, or was it Ashmole 782?" The sexual attraction between the two was missing. In the first book Matthew had trouble controlling himself around her, but in the second book they seemed nearer friends with benefits. He was so strong and omnipotent in the first book but he seemed a different character in the second. He was "whipped". (Yes Diana, I'll do whatever you want). I love strong female characters but not so strong they overpower the male. I'm still old fashioned that way. I like my male vampires strong, dark and mysterious-not cowering over a woman. The flip between present and past was hard to follow because the author didn't give us a title like present day or past. You could probably tell this easier in a novel but it was impossible in an audible book. The perfomance was good. I liked that I could distinguish characters through her voices. But overall, I only gave this 4 stars to the original book which I gave 5. I might wait to get the third book. I don't seem to care anymore about Ashmole 782 or it's significance.
I'm a retired nurse and my husband owns a machining company. We live in a small town 30 miles East of San Diego. We love to cruise!
I didn't enjoy this installment as much as the first. It was tedious listening for most of the book. Not much action. I still want to hear the next book though.
This ranks in the top 20 for me. I love books with a touch of time travel.
You need to read Discovery of Witches only then will this make sense and tie all the loose ends together.
I loved this first book. This one was Long, but not long enough to wrap up story lines in a satisfactory manner, even for a sequel (in the middle of a sequel). The ending was just so 'WTF?" I kept thinking I was having trouble with my ipod.. but no, it's just a flat 'am I missing some pages?" ending.... here's hoping the final ? book will have better flow. Yes, it's not the Source by James Michener, but it does go back and forth from now to then, just not with any sense of purpose.
Might from Deborah Harkness but Jennifer mumbles here way through so probably not from her.
I listened to Discover of Witches which I really enjoyed but Shadow of Night has too too too many details. I felt like I was listening to a history class. Describing a dress and the tiniest details of it got me nauseated. Listeing to the who is who and who did what gave me a mild headache. Enough of the details already.
For me way too much information is not necessarily good to understand the scene. Perhaps, there are those who love the little things that make a storyline but it was a labor to get through to Book 2. At this point I saving Shadow of Night when I have nothing else to listen to.
Sorry Ms. Harkness but althought your book is well written it is more of a history lesson and I can not compare it to the original story Discovery of Witches which flowed easy and smooth and make the reader interested in knowing the outcome.
Well, hate to put anyone down but in the book marbles come to mind.
No. Enough already
This book was interesting. I liked it better than the first book, A Discovery of Witches. The plot was interesting and not always predictable. The characters were more fully developed, and it did a great job in setting up the events for the last book in this series. Overall a nice read.
The audio was fine.
I'm really enjoying the storyline. I listen in the car so I'm only about half way through.
I enjoy the fact that it is about vampires and witches.
This book was one of the best I've read, listened to, in quite awhile. I could not put it down and fell asleep with my earphones in, on more than one occassion.
I loved that it was unpredictable - the story line hasn't been done to death.
I haven't listened to Jennifer Ikeda before - but I will definitely choose to listen to her again...She did a marvelous job.
This book has it all - Passion, romance, supernatural unpredictability!