Time's Convert

Time's Convert

Book - 2018
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"Set in contemporary Paris and London, and the American colonies during the upheaval and unrest that exploded into the Revolutionary War, a sweeping story that braids together the past and present"--
"On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life, free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire. But his transformation is not an easy one and the ancient traditions and responsibilities of the de Clermont family clash with Marcus's deeply-held beliefs in liberty, equality, and brotherhood. Fast forward to contemporary London, where Marcus has fallen for Phoebe Taylor, a young employee at Sotheby's. She decides to become a vampire, too, and though the process at first seems uncomplicated, the couple discovers that the challenges facing a human who wishes to be a vampire are no less formidable in the modern world than they were in the 18th century. The shadows that Marcus believed he'd escaped centuries ago may return to haunt them both--forever."--
Publisher: New York, New York :, Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC,, [2018]
ISBN: 9780399564512
0399564519
9780525561347
052556134X
Branch Call Number: F Harkness
Characteristics: 436 pages ;,24 cm

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pondgrl
May 13, 2019

I was very excited to see a fourth book in the, well, trilogy. While it was enjoyable, the back and forth between the past & present was a little hard to follow.

KHCPL_Melissa Mar 11, 2019

I adored Deborah Harkness's All Soul's Trilogy which began with A Discovery of Witches. To this day, that book is one of my favorites and one that I could easily read again. The second and the third books weren't as good for me, but the first book is amazing. When I heard that she was once again writing another book set in Matthew and Diana's world, I wasn't sure what to think. This story focuses on Marcus, Matthew's vampire son. In this book we get Marcus's story, and the story of his bride to be Phoebe as she makes her transition into being a vampire.

While these books are more romance than literary fiction, I like the research the author has done into making the books historically accurate. In this book we find out about Marcus's part in the American Revolution and the events that shaped him into the vampire he is today. We also get to see how Matthew, Diana, and their family is now fairing after the events of The All Souls Trilogy. I liked the revisiting of familiar characters and catching up on the progress of their children.

My only complaint with this novel is that it felt like All Souls Lite...I wanted more! I wanted more history and family. Can I say I would love to read Ysabeau's story? Her long life and history would be amazing.

I have always adored novels where history is blended into the story. Stories like Harkness's and Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian are some of my favorites. I really hope Harkness writes more of this world, there are so many characters I still want to get to know better.

Hillsboro_ElizabethH Mar 11, 2019

While I enjoyed this book (it followed the trilogy fairly well), I did find it somewhat difficult to get through. The chapters flip-flopped between past and present (as is a common theme in the trilogy), but I found it harder to follow. I enjoyed reading about Marcus's past, and hearing more about Diana and Matthew (and the twins) was enjoyable.

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mtdaily
Jan 30, 2019

I had never heard of this series, but saw the book on the shelf and thought the description seemed interesting. I probably would have enjoyed this much more if I had read the other books in the series. I was confused at times with all of the different characters, and there seemed to be a lot of rambling regarding Marcus's history. Too much. It was a struggle to get through, but there were some points where I really enjoyed the book and couldn't put it down.

JessicaGma Dec 21, 2018

I enjoyed this one as it was not hard to recall all the characters of the trilogy. I recall not caring much for the 3rd installation, but I don't remember why....this was more of what I was looking for, so it was a nice addition to the series.

Hillsboro_StephanieC Oct 04, 2018

In the hands of a writer less prolific, this novel may well have been a novella -- it has the feel of a story that is intriguing, and yet not essential to the overall world of the story; TIME'S CONVERT, while enjoyable, did feel a little slight. There's no doubt the glimpse into the early days after transforming into a vampire is interesting, and for fans, learning more about Marcus's life is a treat. A wonderful gift to fans of the trilogy; likely of little interest to others.

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jktaylor350
Oct 02, 2018

If you haven't read the first 3 books in the series, don't attempt to read this fourth book. If you are a diehard fan, you'll be disappointed somewhat. Most of this book focuses on the life of Marcus prior to meeting Phoebe. My least favorite of the series.

liljables Sep 11, 2018

New Deborah Harkness! Hurrah!

If you loved the All Souls Trilogy, you're obviously gonna pick this one up (and you won't regret it). If you like the idea of fantasy characters (we're talkin' sexy witches and vampires) occupying the real world (both in modern day and through history), you should stop reading and go place a hold on "A Discovery of Witches". You're welcome!

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