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message 1: by Erin (new)

Erin While I love the story line in these two books, I couldn't put my finger on what bothered me about them...it's the lack of character development! I've never really loved Matthew, and it took me a while to start caring about what happened to Diana. I always fall in love with the characters in books, that's one of the reasons I love to read. Book 2 took me almost a month to get through and I usually fly through books. I first thought my problem was that I wasn't familiar enough with Elizabethan England to keep all the members of the School of Night straight in my head but your review made me realize its because they are all too similar.

Despite the flaws, I'm curious to see how the story ends so we shall see what she does with book 3!


message 2: by Frances (new)

Frances Erin wrote: "While I love the story line in these two books, I couldn't put my finger on what bothered me about them...it's the lack of character development! I've never really loved Matthew, and it took me a w..."

I completely agree with that. I wonder if she took too little time to hone her character development when writing this book--I believe she wrote it in about a year, which is VERY short for a 500+ page novel.


message 3: by Victoria (new)

Victoria See, I immediately fell for Gallowglass and Ysabeau! I think this book is at it's strongest when Harkness describes the nuances of Elizabethan life.

Thanks for pointing out- I actually LIKE Diana in this book, and felt that when they were in Sept Tours, Matthew was far more involved.


message 4: by Ketutar (new)

Ketutar Jensen "a vast knowledge of tiny facts and details to transport the reader to 1590s Oxford and London. I especially enjoyed reading about Diana's wardrobe..."
Well... her "vast knowledge" seems to focus on tidbits. Sure, they didn't have forks in the 16th century England, but they didn't eat raw fruits either. And Elizabethan clothes don't work like she described. She was describing her assumptions and beliefs, not actual knowledge. Farthingale is a hoopskirt, it doesn't look at all like a birdcage.
But I'm glad you enjoyed those bits.


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