I can't say enough about this book to tell you how amazing it was. It's like Maggie went screaming through my brain and pulled out my deepest dreams a...moreI can't say enough about this book to tell you how amazing it was. It's like Maggie went screaming through my brain and pulled out my deepest dreams and desires and wrote it in a book.
Ireland, Horses, The Sea, Fairies, Mythology...It's all there. I was like a little girl reading "Misty" for the first time with this book. It was exciting, and scary, brought tears to my eyes and has left me wanting more but..... strangely satiated at the same time.
I think I'm gonna go ride my own water horse now, but by a lake instead of the sea, and relish every moment I have him beneath me and remember how blessed I am to have him in my life.
After first hearing about A Discovery of Witches, I embarked on a journey with Diana and Matthew that was completely a enthralling, once in a lifetime...moreAfter first hearing about A Discovery of Witches, I embarked on a journey with Diana and Matthew that was completely a enthralling, once in a lifetime experience. I have since read ADOW 3 times and have been impatiently waiting for the second book in the trilogy to surface. After getting my hands on a borrowed ARC, I was able to skip ahead of line just a teensy bit.. Suffice to say, it was worth the wait. If you haven't yet, PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY! Shadow of Night continues that amazing journey and picks up right where ADOW leaves us, and still leaves me burning with extreme impatience (already) for the third and final book in the trilogy.
The book is a masterpiece of blending paranormal fantasy, historical fiction, and romance all into one seamless being. We are immediately sunk into Elizabethan London on the hunt for Ashmole 782, and thrown so many actual historical characters it can almost make the reader dizzy! The execution of said historical figures- Christopher Marlowe, Elizabeth I, etc and how they are presented to us within the story is both plausible and enlightening at the same time. It is clear that Ms. Harkness did significant historical research in the creation of this novel (as she is, in fact, a true historian after all) and in how these characters would integrate into the lives of Diana and Matthew. We follow the lead characters from The Old Lodge, back to Sept Tours, back to London, to Prague, and then back to London again in a truly epic historical journey. Along the way we learn, alongside Diana and Matthew when their marriage hits snags,secrets, heartbreak and lies, in addition to watching Matthew learn to forgive himself for the past and Diana learn the truth about herself as well as her parents. In addition to Diana and Matthew's journey into the past, we are given snippets of what events are unfolding in the future. For example,minor changes during their timewalking adventures (jewelry, simple journals,etc) are having immediate future effects. These brief views in the future are both sad and enlightening, giving the reader knowledge that Diana and Matthew are not privy to. Through their journey, they answer many of the questions asked in ADOW, but we are left with just as many new questions that gathered along the way. The book ends with the lead characters safely back in the present where they belong, but as this is only the second book in the trilogy, the problems are far from over with Ashmole 782 and the Congregation.
As stated before, I may be a little biased about these books. I am a historian of science, as well as a huge book/romance/paranormal sap. But it confuses and concerns me to read other reviews that state the book has no plot. Certainly, not everyone will enjoy every single book they come across, or not like the story, or the historical aspects, or the characters.. but clearly, how anyone can even read 3 chapters into the book and state the book has no plot is simply ridiculous in my opinion.
Ultimately, huge congratulations to Ms. Harkness on continuing this amazing story in epic form. Sometimes, the second book in the series can be weak. But, with a Shadow of Night, I was not disappointed at all. The worst part in all of this is I know I will have to wait just as long if not longer for book 3! For me, these books rank right up there with Harry Potter. This is a story to be enjoyed over and over, with new things to learn each time and lessons that we can all learn from and apply to our daily lives in some fashion. Thank you, again, Ms. Harkness! (less)
I absolutely cannot say enough good things about this book and it's author. I am almost left speechless.
This book was one of the best modern fiction...moreI absolutely cannot say enough good things about this book and it's author. I am almost left speechless.
This book was one of the best modern fiction pieces I have read in a very long time. I haven't been so captivated by a book since "Tigana", by GGK. I smiled, laughed aloud, cried, absolutely enjoyed this book in every sense.
This story combines history, urban fantasty, alternative history, and vampires, witches, and demons in a new spin and setting that you couldn't possibly imagine, but Deborah Harkness did. Over 24 hours of audiobook or nearly 1000 pages, I sped through this book with minimal effort since I couldn't put it down. This is apparently the first in a trio, and I await the next addition with bated breath!
In short, absolutely amazing, captivating writing, amazing story, unique perspectives, well worth your time and money, READ THIS BOOK!(less)
I finished this book for the first time this morning, and the first thing I wonder is why it took me so long to read this book, and secondly why Guy G...moreI finished this book for the first time this morning, and the first thing I wonder is why it took me so long to read this book, and secondly why Guy Gavriel Kay is not better-known and better-read author. My favorite books before reading th...is were also his, The Fionavar Tapestry, and this book may have displaced them at the top. Kay's writing is beautiful and magnificent, it draws you in and doesn't let you go. Through this book I was heartbroken, crying, excited, happy, empathetic.. - this book takes the reader through a genuine full spectrum of emotions. I was never bored. This is a rare, genuine, stand-alone epic fantasy - Magic, Memory, Treason, Love, Honor, Freedom, Identity, and Bittersweet Justice. An extremely simplistic description of the plot is that it is the story of a magical county fighting for it's identity, freedom and survival. This book truly encompasses "epic". Kay "brightly weaves" intricate landscapes, characters, interwoven plot pieces and just a simply and truly amazing story that left me pondering very deep subjects. However applicable this fantasy may be in real world context of history and memory exploration, it is a simply amazing fantasy that can be enjoyed by many. I read another review that I will quote here, "If Guy Gavriel Kay wrote it, you need to read it". This book definitely needs to be toward the top of the list. Simply amazing.(less)