Shadow of Night

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4 out of 5 stars
By ER on 11-07-12


The story and character evolve and become richer in Shadow of Night. Diana matures mentally and emotionally, as she learns more about her magic. In Shadow of Night, Diana becomes a strong woman, as she recognises Matthew's decisions are repeatedly bad. It amuses me how she diplomatically lets him know he needs to respect her decisions. Matthew is good for strength/protection and sex. As this becomes more clear, I'm hoping anyone who compares this series with Twilight changes their opinion. The characters are vastly different, Deborah Harkness' story has richness, depth and intelligence. Her knowledge of the more sophisticated occult lore, combined with history adds enormously to my enjoyment of this story.

I listen to audio books as I work (I'm an artist), which may mean 8 hrs a day - in light of this, it's fair for me to say Jennifer Ikeda is an excellent narrator. Her ability to depict different characters' voices is amazing. Easy to listen to.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Creative Butterfly on 10-27-14

A fascinating insight into the past

This second book takes you to the 1590's a fascinating time. I have never really been a lover of history but Deborah Harkness take on it is enlightening, thoughtful and leaves you wanting more. In this book you meet Phillip, Mathews father and what a formidable character he is. I feel that this could be a book in itself. However the character I love the most is Jack, he does not play a big part, but for such a small role he makes huge impact.

For such a long book it is an easy listen and a great follow on from part 1.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By kate on 09-28-12


It's slow, boring and uneventful. Gave up during the 2nd half so maybe it improved and became exciting but the first half is DULL, the narrators voice is dull. Sorry but regret wasting a credit on it.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By J. on 08-05-12

Superceeds its prequel

Deborah Harkenss's first novel was sort of a guilty pleasure. This squeal however is something much better written and less about a love story than personal grows and development. It transports you into a time in England of Shakespeare, Marlow and Sir Walter Raleigh. I was taken in to the world of 16th England... and very much enjoyed the journey...

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By leanne on 09-18-12

A trully enjoyable experience

I have put of reading this series I think because of the brief description and cover (silly I know) but I was at a loss on what to download for my holidays so downloaded the Discovery of Witches and this book. I am so very please I did. It has been a very long time since I have enjoyed a book this much.

The story line is strong easy to follow and not disapointing, the characters are very well formed and play equally stron parts through the novel.

You do need to read the books in order as they would be very confusing as stand alone novels.

I cannot wait for the final part of the series to be published.

Jennifer Ikeda the narrator does an amazing job of helping create the characters with differt accents, inflections and historical inflection.

Deborah harkness must have done considerable amount of research into Elizabethan England, France and Spain because the detail was excellent and factually correct.

Lastly I have read that this series is to be adapted to film, whilst very excited I really hope they are able to capture the heart and soul of this series.

Please Please read this series you will not be disappointed

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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By mazaraza on 07-29-18

Beautiful love story

A beautiful continuation of this love story of Matthew amd Diana. Deborah Harkness has a magical way with words.

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