The author took an interesting, strong, independent, and intelligent character from the first book and dropped her into the role of a comparative bimbo, almost entirely self-involved, in this book. Very disappointing. I've never read Twilight, but I imagine it may be similar in tone. There were several passages I was not sure whether the author was making poking fun at other vampire books, or falling into stereotypes of "vampire in love" novels.
One of the big reasons Diana and Matthew went to the past was to find the missing book; once located, I'm not clear anyone ever looked at it or read it. I was waiting for details of the amazing scholar Diana's spending hours and days pouring over the book to extract every detail, but after they looked at the format it seemed to be essentially ignored. Other details were also apparently forgotten from the first to the second book, making reading more frustrating.
And from my other sci-fi/time-travel reading, it was irritating throughout the entire book that these characters are spending months making huge changes to the past with no apparent discussion or thought, except for an occasional comment about some trivial thing that might change the future. I waited the entire book for an explanation of the huge changes they had to be causing, but there was nothing.
Despite my irritation at these details throughout the book, I think Harkness is a good writer. The first book was interesting, though this one read like it was hustled to publication without proper edition after the success of the first. Hopefully the third will be an improvement back to the quality of the first....Continua