How’s been this new year? Unfortunately for me it’s not been the best (a lot of people too) but one think that I can always count is a good book and good series to entertain my mind and don’t think about bad things.
Last week I managed to do a marathon and saw the ten episodes of the second season of The Discovery of Witches. I just couldn’t stop.
It’s no secret that I love The All Souls trilogy, the proof is that I chose to talk about the first book in one of the first posts of this blog (here). The second season is based on the ‘Shadow of Night’ book by Deborah Harkness.
Now about the second season…I loved it. Why? It’s exactly like the book and I like that. There were some scenes that could be extended, maybe more of Philippe DeClermont, played by James Purefoy.
(I’m sorry but I can’t take the image of a naked James Purefoy every time I see a movie/series with him…blame Carbon Altered).
I would love more interaction between Matthew and Philippe. Also they didn’t show Diana first pregnancy/spontaneous abortion/second pregnancy but I understand the difficulty of fitting one big book in just ten episodes. Overall, they did a great job. Really.
But let’s go back a little bit…
Remember how the first season ended? Diana and Matthew decided to go back in time to the streets of Elizabethan London, to hide from Congregation and find a witch that can teach Diana to control her powers.
And that’s exactly what happens..
Sheila Hancock plays Goody Alsop, the witch teacher and she’s amazing at that. The chemistry between her and Diana is strong and I think she was the perfect cast to Diana’s mentor.
Then we have Phoebe, an ambitious curator (played by Adelle Leonce) that falls in love with the beloved vampire Marcus, played by Edward Bluemel. They are great together and I have to say that I was a little afraid by who would play the paper. But she’s amazing, and being a human, she gives a new dynamic to the group of supernaturals.
Steven Cree plays Gallowglass, one of my favorite characters in the books and I can say that in the first minutes when I saw the actor, it didn’t immediately clicked, but after a couple of scenes I could see what I saw in the book in Steven.
Tom Hughes plays Kit Marlow and I hated this character on the book but the actor is so handsome and with such a friendly face that I couldn’t hate him.
I can’t be tired to say that the cast is really good and both Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer are perfect for the papers of Matthew and Diana. How good Goode looks in that costumes? And Teresa’s costumes are beautiful and I bet it was a dream to wear such beautiful dresses (and probably a pain to take off so may layers).
What can I say about the ending without spoilers? It’s very similar to the book (yeah even what happens to Em 😦 ), although I think it ended really abruptly. I was expecting a scene in the end that’s in the book but it ended in a way that for seconds I thought it would exist an eleven episode.
Is it worthy? Absolutely. Don’t skip this series. The story and the historical facts are exceptional.