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 lifetimeAfter 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! ...more
Soul Weaver drops us into a modified world that I believe should truly exist in reality. Welcome to an earth where there are fallen angels that collec Soul Weaver drops us into a modified world that I believe should truly exist in reality. Welcome to an earth where there are fallen angels that collect the unredeemable souls of murderers, paedophiles, sex offenders, etc. These fallen angels drop these damned souls into the pits of hell where they belong, to then be used to weave wings onto the backs of fallen angels so that they may fly again. Sounds pretty awesome, right? Hailey Edwards has again crafted a world rich with possibilities and complex, real, flawed characters that we can relate to and stand beside. (Not to mention, the cover of a yummy guy with intricate triskele silver ink on his bicep. That did it for me. I was sunk!)
Enter Nathaniel, Soul Weaver gifted with 'shears' that can rip out souls, craft wings, and create rifts for travel. In the wrong place at the wrong time, he ends up using a tiny piece of his own soul to save a bright, heaven-bound soul belonging to a woman that was in a car accident. Which, had she died, her soul would have been lost because no angel came to claim it. Months later, he is given a “mark” to harvest, and realizes that in saving the soul he also damned it. Nathaniel attempts to fix his mistake, and in the process falls in love with the girl with the beautiful soul he saved, Chloe... ..and Chloe is a hot mess of problems, since her brush with death in the car accident. She never leaves her house. Quite literally. So when a gorgeous “handyman” comes to help repair her bookstore, she is bowled over with his skills, sweetness, and mouth-dropping good looks. She learns to let Nathanial into her heart, a little at a time, and then ends up involved in a mess of lost souls, bitterness, fallen angels and scary seraphs from hell that she never imagined.
Hailey Edwards is a master at character-driven romances, she gives us beautifully flawed characters with just a touch of paranormal yumminess. However, she also weaves a world around her characters that is enthralling and fascinating, but it is always on the outskirts! My only criticism in this book is that I am left wanting for details– I want to more about the characters – What are they wearing? What does the bookstore look like? Give me more descriptions of Dis! More, more! Perhaps it's because at heart, I am a classic fantasy lover. I yearn for this type of story, these type of characters in a massive overhwhelming “LOTR”-type setting. Others could read this book and be happily sated, but I just want more detail. The other thing I noticed was the lack of 'break' in scenes. I received an ARC from the publisher, and I know that it was not the final copy of the manuscript. However, during parts of the book I was left confused as to a timeline, how much time had passed, whose point of view we were looking from, etc. I felt there should be a little “squiggly” to denote passing of a day, change to a different character, etc.
Ultimately, I LOVED this book. I loved the new world of fallen angels, seraphs, soul harvesting. I loved Chloe and Nathaniel and how accepting they were of each other and their own flaws. I loved that there is another universe now writing about Nephilim (even though Bran DEFINITELY needs more description and page time). Winged fantasy fans, you will not be disappointed. More yummy fallen angels, please, Ms. Edwards!...more
I truly enjoyed the new world discovered in Hailey Edward's Everlong, so I was thrilled to see the beautiful cover and synopsis for her new book A HinI truly enjoyed the new world discovered in Hailey Edward's Everlong, so I was thrilled to see the beautiful cover and synopsis for her new book A Hint of Frost. I was gifted with an ARC from Mrs. Edwards to review and I finished the book today, slightly confused, yet wanting more (and more) of the new world of the Araneae Nation.
The story begins with murder and bloodshed amongst the clan Araneidae people and their leaders and thus leadership is inherited by their firstborn daughter, Lourdes. Her clan is a peaceful one, known for silk-spinning and being extravagantly wealthy. But, need, desperation, honor, and continued attacks on her clan bring her to to become engaged to Rhys, the son of a rival clan, the Mimetidae, who are known brutal, fierce cannibal warriors. They must marry in order to bring peace to her own clan, and she agrees if she receives aid in exacting vengeance for the death of her parents. The story takes us on their quest for peace, answers in the murder of Lourde's parents and the disappearance of her sister, Pascale, and along the way Rhys and Lourdes discover that their new bond is developing and reaching far beyond that of duty and honor to their clans, and is quickly approaching the realm of love.
The world of Araneae is rich with exciting possibilities. Many clans, with a different species of human than our own, new talents beyond our own, new animals to discover– so many possibilities within the realm, that I can't wait to return there.
My only problems with the book was that first of all, it wasn't long enough, not by half. Secondly – I was left confused by a few things that I feel should be addressed in books to come in some way. Caution, some spoilers ahead.... (view spoiler)[
1) The characters in the book are screaming for more physical description. I feel like we “bear”ly get a good picture of Lourdes and Rhys, the main characters. How about Armand, Vaughn, Pascale, Isolde, etc – What do they look like? What are they wearing? What are people wearing? What do the different clans dress like? All I get is that in Rhys's clan, the men prefer kilts, and Lourdes' wears dresses that annoy Rhys and lots, and lots, and lots of ribbons. 2) What in the world ARE These people? More Mythology, please! I get that each clan is a type of human with different attributes in each clan. How in the heck do they all have spinnerets? And, where do they come from? Are they part insect? (LoL) but really, I want to know these things. Tell me about these people, what exactly they are, how they can spin threads from their fingers, etc. 3) What in the world is this venom nonsense? It's involved from the beginning with no real definition – Obviously, it's venom. I go back to my previous statement - Are they part insect?! :D Why do they have venom, and fangs? What is it's purpose, other than for thread bindings/pairings/killing people? 4) Which leads to my fourth question – What in the world is a thread binding and what is a nested pair? The actual “wedding” part of the book would have been a fantastic time to tell the reader what in the heck was actually going on during the ceremony and what it meant to be a nested pair. I get that it means if one dies, the other dies, but why not call them “married”, I mean what exactly IS a nested pair? It goes back to me feeling like they're half insects. (hide spoiler)]
Done with the critical parts, I really enjoyed the book. The characters are awesome. The story is intriguing, it was a fast read and hard for me to put down. I just wish we had a little bit more back story and detail. Keep em coming, Mrs. Edwards!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more