While the story was simply mesmerizing, the formatting could have been better to make the story easier to follow for example with each new chapter put the character whose POV is being addressed would have helped a lot and not just a day and number of the month but the year as well so the reader could recognize when they were back in the present time, I ended up spending more time than warranted trying to figure out whose POV the chapter was about and it became annoying and took away from my thrill of the story.
I really enjoyed the parts with Diana, Mathew and the children.
Marcus's recollections from his past are fascinating and Phoebe's first days as a vampire are amazingly written.
So much history so little time from the perspective of this human but I guess a vampire would say so much history lived through one timeless life.
I enjoyed the first three books in this series very much and was very happy to continue on. It was interesting to begin the stories of the other characters. The story covers how Marcus became a vampire and how a new vampire Phoebe is made, plus what’s happening with the rest of the family. I recommend you read the other books first if you haven’t!
In preparation I went back and reread all the previous books. I’ve had a wonderful couple of weeks diving back into the De Clermonts. This book with its history of Marcus and detail of becoming a vampire was enthralling. Thank you.
When I first read "A Discovery of Witches", I read it back to back four times and then bought both sequels on their release day. They were superb. This is good. I loved the lead character, Marcus, in the first novel. Here, he had lost some of his vivacity. The complications of beccoming a vampire for Phoebe were interesting, but not exciting. Other reviewers have mentioned the lack of any sort of major conflict or crisis. There is no villain, no one is playing for high stakes. Hardness has researched the period beautifully and the world she creates is, at least in the first half of the book, a credit to her. But there is no big concept at play and it shows.