by Deborah E. Harkness
This is the second installment in Deborah Harkness' Discovery of Witches series. Some series books fall flat on the second, but I felt that her use of time travel in this book kept it interesting and fresh.
The story follows Matthew and Diana through time and space as they search for the ever-elusive Ashmole 782. They encounter various historical characters, many of whom are supernatural creatures themselves, as Diana attempts to learn more about her identity as a witch. Will Diana learn enough to be able to return to her own time? You'll have to read to find out!
I like to refer to these novels as "adult versions of Twilight and Harry Potter mixed together." Harkness does a wonderful job of blending supernatural creatures with magic spells with relatable "grown-up" problems and situations. Harkness uses her background in history to paint intricate images of the world in which Matthew and Diana find themselves. From the tastes, to the smells, to the clothes they wear, the reader steps easily into the world she creates.
If you enjoyed the first novel in this series, you'll not be disappointed with this one. And, like any good author, Harkness leaves you waiting in eager anticipation of book number three!