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Topic: Are you itching to read the sequel to A Discovery of Witches?

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Subject: Are you itching to read the sequel to A Discovery of Witches?
Date Posted: 7/7/2012 7:26 PM ET
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I saw today that Amazon is selling copies. Not sure if that is pre or post release.

I haven't decided if I'm going to or not. On one hand it was hands down the Best 1st chapter I have ever read. On the other hand she took f-o-r-e-v-e-r to set up her story. And I hated the ending. Has anyone read it yet?

Date Posted: 7/7/2012 10:48 PM ET
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Nope.  Not craving it.  The middle went way too slow.  And why would anyone ever leave that library?

Date Posted: 7/8/2012 8:29 PM ET
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I have it on my library hold list and was just thinking maybe I'd suspend the hold - because I'm sure I'll enjoy it, but I could read two or three other books in the time it'll take!

Date Posted: 7/8/2012 9:38 PM ET
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Now if I was a big Shakespeare fan...
Date Posted: 7/23/2012 9:27 AM ET
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I got my copy from amazon a week ago, maybe (I pre-ordered)......I wanted to re-read the first one first, since it's been a whle.

I just finished that last night. What a great book that first one was!!!! I am NOT a fan of para romance, by any means, but there was enought there besides that to keep my interest high. It was a great re-read, too; so many details I missed the first time around.

I'll start the new one tonight.....it's thick!

Date Posted: 7/24/2012 10:27 AM ET
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I'm about halfway through.....this one does not grab me like the first one does. It's always hard for me to wrap my head around time travel, especially when they go back to a time when so many of them already existed, like Matthew.

That given, she seems to get very wrapped up in the historical aspects, and what it was like to live in that time. Her scholarly credentials as a historian are terrific, so I'm sure it's very accurate, it just seems to be a bit...bogged down. More like a standard historical novel, not so much paranormal.

Virtually no witch action/magic, but plenty of vamps....



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Date Posted: 7/26/2012 2:17 AM ET
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My mom said the same thing about the historical aspects slowing down the story.  I wasn't thrilled with the first one it went too slow for me and now after hearing my mom say the same about the second one and you confirming it I'm not syched to start it.  Since I offered the copy given to my in a swap though I'm starting it tonight so I guess I'll see how well I like it. 

Date Posted: 7/26/2012 8:25 PM ET
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I tried twice to read Discovery of Witches, mostly because someone I think a lot of liked it. I just couldn't make it past the middle. I should have just looked at the last chapter; then at least I'd know how it ended.

Date Posted: 7/26/2012 9:47 PM ET
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Well Teri it didn't really end it just dropped off!  I read 30 pages last night and put myself into an 8 hour coma so I'm not thinking this is gonna be my favorite book. 

Date Posted: 7/29/2012 11:17 AM ET
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Neither one "ends," this is a single continuing story, contained in three (one more to come) books......

I finished the new one, and I do think it was a good bit "slower" than the first, and far less magic or paranormal activity. Almost none, in fact, for the first half, then right around page 300 the magic picks up. But it really is more like a historical novel, IMHO. That was fine by me, but I can see how many people might not like it so much.

I looked at the reviews on Amazon, and the big complaint there was pretty much what I've said: too much descirpion, too much history, not enough magic. That said,most people still ---and I---still liked it, but wish it had more of the fantasy aspect.

Date Posted: 8/5/2012 3:58 AM ET
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I concure with Betty there was too much history, not enough action.  Having finally finished it even though it took me 2 weeks to do so having stopped in the middle to read other stuff.  I picked it back up today and I was glad I finished it but I'm not totally sure I loved the book.  It was a very slowly woven story that told how the past was formed and put to rest a few secrets.  Though it could have used a little less of the history lesson and a little less historical aspect and a lot more action.  Oh and again this one could have used about 100 or so less pages.  I got tired of it around page 350 and had to force myself to keep reading, I was curious about the way it would end.  Sadly though I will probably end up reading the next book as this one give you no real answers for Diana & Matthews or Sophie & Nathaniels future.  It didn't answer any questions on what will be only went over what had already been and how the character came to be where they were when they needed to be.