An avid reader who usually has two or three books on the go at one time I particularly enjoy historical fiction such as Barbara Erskine's.
Despite the surfeit of books on witches and vampires currently around I found this one totally addictive. The dog was walked rather more frequently than usual when I was listening to this. Based, to start with, in my home city of Oxford it moved on to France and then the USA. A witch who doesn't want to be a witch falling in love with a vampire who is of course wonderfully handsome and clever and rich. I found it amazingly believable and my only complaint was the US pronounciation of 'herbs' as 'erbs' which irritated me - but that's my only complaint! Brilliant book!
I loved the first book in this series and this one continues the story very effectively with the characters time walking back to Elizabethan England in their search for Ashmole 782 and the answer to their questions. Highly recommended even to those who are bored with vampires and witches (and let's face it after Twilight there have been a lot of them around!).
Barbara Erskine has done it again! One more she sweeps her reader up in the story. I love the way she goes from historical to contemporary time, it's so believable. The age old story of 'did Jesus come to England?' is brought up again. Fabulous!
...and this is the worst. It's a subject I traditionally enjoy, the setting is great, it's builds well, particularly when listening past midnight...but the ending is appalling, the best way I can describe it is using a fishing analogy, you're winding the line onto the spool and everything appears to be going well but in the end, you simply end up with a huge ball of tangled line. The ending of this book is nonsense, it's like the author couldn't be bothered to finish it and just wanted to rush it to market, don't waste your money, it isn't worth £5 let alone £15, scathing I know but I really feel that strongly.