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Such a disappointment,
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I absolutely loved Discovery of Witches and believe it or not I literally counted the days to the sequel being released. I pre-ordered it and didn't even mind paying the extortionate price for the kindle version than the beautiful hardback; I was too excited to care. However I am up to Page 132 and can honestly say I'm bored-very bored. What has happened to the wonderful Diana and her dashing gorgeous vampire, Matthew? Yes the 16th century descriptions are absolutely amazing but nothing at all has happened. I'm completely devastated and hate to admit my overwhelming disappointment at having to say this. I usually read at least a book a week but I've been plodding along now for the best part of 10 days. . I cannot express my deep regret about this but I'm calling it a day if something doesn't happen soon. I don't give up on books lightly, and especially one which I have eagerly anticipated and paid an extortionate price for, but life is too short to read something you're not enjoying. I had such high hopes but sadly this hasn't materialised.
I did stick with it and read until the end. I was so thankful I had finished it and grew to dislike the book even more, but I was hoping against hope that things would pick up: sadly they didn't. The middle of the book was great, with Diana getting to grips with her 'witchy' things and which was the whole foundation of the first story. The pace was sadly lacking throughout the entire book and I felt I was punishing myself for continuing to read when I should, in fact, have given up when I said I would, which was virtually at the beginning. I would like to reiterate that I absolutely adored DOW and was looking forward to devouring the whole trilogy but I think I am going to leave Matthew and Diana firmly in the past and give the final book, when it is eventually released, a miss; and I am severely disappointed that I have made this decision.
I have given this 2 stars due to the enjoyable middle of the book as I thought 1 star a little harsh, but really I would have given it 1. 5 if this was an option.
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Initial post: 2 Aug 2012 10:21:56 BDT
i gave up on it too - i got three quarters of the way through and just couldnt make myself carry on (i had considered giving up a few times). I even re-read Discovery of Witches in June (as a warm up) as i was so excited about the sequel. I think i have only given up reading about 5 books in my entire life - this one alas made it into my hall of shame.
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Aug 2012 14:08:22 BDT
I'm struggling too. Too much emphasis on getting historical details in there and no excitement. I loved the first book. Bored with this one.
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Aug 2012 14:25:13 BDT
I have stuck with it and it has improved but only slightly. It's nothing like the first book at all but with it being a trilogy I'm hoping the final book gets back to basics. Glad it's not just me. I do love history but I would prefer more storyline around Diana and Matthew than Raleigh et al x
In reply to an earlier post on 6 Aug 2012 09:12:48 BDT
Hi Jenny. I am struggling through, still. I wish I had never started it but am 50% of the way through now. at least it's a little more interesting with Diana and her witch friends, which is what the whole concept of the story was originally about. Wha worries me is you said you had read three quarters of it and gave up, so I may be joining you. Watch this space. It is sad when one had to give up on books. It's something I rarely do, but I have hundreds of wondeful books on my kindle waiting to be read so I'll keep you informed as to whether this one joins the 'couldn't finish' ones. I'm so glad ts not just me that's hugely disappointed,
In reply to an earlier post on 6 Aug 2012 09:14:50 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 13 Aug 2012 08:21:13 BDT
Hi YR - did you manage to finish it?
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Aug 2012 08:30:38 BDT
Hi Jenny. Yes I did but sadly it didn't do it for me. It is nothing like DOW and I wouldn't recommend this to anyone. I'm leaving Matthew and Diana firmly in the past where they belong. I did think I'd give the last book in the trilogy a go, when it is released, but I've abandoned that thought now.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Aug 2012 21:09:11 BDT
Me too - its sitting unfinished on the book case - I also gave 2/5 and felt i was being too generous! I am pretending (as with the Matrix movie) that there was only the one.....
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Aug 2012 21:25:00 BDT
That's brilliant. My thoughts exactly x
Posted on 23 Aug 2012 14:45:35 BDT
M. Kramer says:
These reviews have convinced me not to bother paying the excessive Kindle price. I hope Harkness has noted people's reaction to the sequel when approaching the final novel.