If you haven't read A Discovery of Witches you may not want to read this review. It will probably have some spoilers.That being said, we pick up where we left off. Matthew and Diana have traveled back to the 16th Century We continue to follow them as Diana tries to assimilate into society (which is harder than she expected, considering she is a historian) and Matthew tries to wear his many hats simultaneously but without interference. Diana and Matthew have to keep moving from place to place in order to get Diana the help she needs with her magic, to stay safe from the witch hunts of the 16th century, and to keep up their quest to find Ashmole 782. There is a lot in this book. It is dense. I started reading an electronic version and I kind of wish I'd only read the hardcover because there was a name index. There are about 1000000 characters and they all have multiple names. It was really hard to stay on top of everything. The story is very well written and very well researched. I just found it to be a little too dense for my flighty summer mind. This is the kind of book you want to curl up and hunker down with on a snow stormy night. I liked reading about the culture and society of 16th century England (even if some of it was imagined). And we find a lot of interesting things out about Diana that really shape her and give us a better understanding of her character. All good stuff. I am looking forward to the third book.