Sunday Times Number One bestselling author Deborah Harkness returns to the spellbinding world she created in A Discovery of Witches with an unconventional love story.
From human to vampire...
Marcus Whitmore was made a vampire in the eighteenth century. Over two hundred years later, he finds himself in love with Phoebe Taylor, a human who decides to become a vampire herself.
And with tradition enforcing separation from Marcus, Phoebe's transformation will prove as challenging now as it was for Marcus when he first encountered Matthew de Clermont, his sire.
Time's Convert moves with epic sweep from the battlefields of the American Revolutionary War, through the treachery of the French Revolution to a bloody finale in New Orleans.
'Gripping and impossible to put down, this is Twilight for grown-ups - a wonderful read!' Katie Fforde on A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES
'Thrilling . . . A captivating and romantic ripping yarn' E L James on SHADOW OF NIGHT
'Rich in arcane detail, fans will relish this exotic cauldron of romantic fantasy' Sunday Mirror on THE BOOK OF LIFE
In Deborah Harkness's world of witches, daemons and vampires, watch as history comes to life.
In Harkness's rich but meandering new novel, the first in a new series set in the world of her All Souls trilogy, vampire Marcus Whitmore, son of Matthew de Clermont, is set to marry 23-year-old human Phoebe Taylor, who will be made a vampire herself. Marcus's required 90-day separation from Phoebe during the process inspires him to seek comfort at the home that his father shares with his wife, the witch Diana Bishop. Diana, through her magic, senses that Marcus hasn't come to terms with his past as a field doctor during the Revolutionary War and the events leading up to his rebirth as a vampire in 1781, and attempts to draw him out. Meanwhile, Diana and Matthew's delightful brightborn (half-vampire, half-witch) twins Philip and Becca are already manifesting an alarming aptitude for magic, and Philip has summoned a new familiar, a griffin named Apollo. Harkness's busy, meticulously researched narrative moves back and forth between present-day Paris and the days of the Revolutionary War, and her easy familiarity with her fully realized characters will make readers feel at home. Phoebe's transition from warmblood to vampire is particularly fascinating, as is the fraught history of vampires and witches. The large cast can be daunting, and those not already familiar with the All Souls trilogy may be lost, but returning readers will find this a delightful excursion.
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After looking forward to this book for some time I feel very saddened that I can’t give it a better review. This book felt nothing like the others in the series. To me it felt like more of a background on Marcus maybe even this was his book. This should have been marketed as a separate book not the final book in the series.
A Ripping good Yarn
As usual we are fed a plethora of interesting historical facts woven around a wonderful story of family and friends, mystery and magic. I feel as though I am being educated as well as entertained. The complex way in which Diana Harkness weaves the relationships between time is amazing. It kept me up until the wee small hours as couldn't put it down.
My family all enjoy these stories, especially as we have our very own family "Witch" connection, And have lived in some very suspect homes in which weird events have happened to us. So it doesn't appear as far fetched as it should. I can't wait for her next novel.
Having read the All Souls Trilogy some time ago and now it being serialised on TV I was so looking forward to this new adventure and I must say I am somewhat disappointed. It was a pleasant enough read and gave some incite into Marcus and the way Vampire are born live and die but it lacked an edge that was present in the All Souls Trilogy. Of course if this is the first book in a series then maybe it is a good foundation but it’s lack of edginess gives me cause for concern. Sorry Ms Harkness you can do much better