From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches—now a hit TV series airing Sundays on AMC and BBC America, and streaming on Sundance Now and Shudder—comes a novel about what it takes to become a vampire.
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 Paris, where Phoebe Taylor--the young employee at Sotheby's whom Marcus has fallen for--is about to embark on her own journey to immortality. Though the modernized version of 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 than they were in the eighteenth century. The shadows that Marcus believed he'd escaped centuries ago may return to haunt them both--forever.
A passionate love story and a fascinating exploration of the power of tradition and the possibilities not just for change but for revolution, Time's Convert channels the supernatural world-building and slow-burning romance that made the All Souls Trilogy instant bestsellers to illuminate a new and vital moment in history, and a love affair that will bridge centuries.
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A romantic fantasist with the heart (and training) of a historian, Deborah Harkness won our hearts with her magic-driven All Souls trilogy. Her vampire-centric spin-off may be even more enticing. Time’s Convert features Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont—the time-traveling stars of Harkness’ earlier books—but the spotlight shines brightest on 200-year-old bloodsucker Marcus and his beloved Phoebe, who wishes to join him in immortality. The novel cleverly sets up an unfolding series, but it stands on its own as a thrilling and alluring vampire love story.
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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Best One Yet
I love the Revolutionary War period and this book so satisfies, using real places and people without overusing them; making them true to the period without letting them overrun the main characters. I cannot wait for the next one!
I can’t wait for Deborah Harkness’s next book!! Please write one about the kids as they are growing up and coming into their magic, and of course, Diana (as mega-tough, super witch!), and Mathew, as the super tough, 1,500 year old, protective Vampire papa! I’d also love to read a book about Phillipe and Yzabeau, and their love story, and the origin of the De Clermont family!!!! Thanks SO much for continuing to put out such great works of historical fiction!!
Interesting but not arresting
I practically drank the first three books, I couldn’t put them down. Staying up until 2am to finish in one go. I was so excited to find out there was a fourth but found it haphazard in comparison.
While the writer did pick some of my favorite characters to focus on in this book, the jumping around from character to character, time frame to time frame, location to location wasn’t as successful as in the other books. It was too much and yet I feel like little happened in the book.
What I assumed would be the most interesting and pivotal part- Marcus’s time in New Orleans was glossed over in comparison to his time in France or his time in the American Revolutionary War. So that plot point just kinda landed with a thump instead of an explosion.
I loved the mix of science and history in the other books and was looking forward to reading the same but I don’t think it was as successful here either. This reads like a first novel, where you developed ideas and characters not forth.