Time's Convert

Time's Convert

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Book - 2018
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"From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches, a novel about what it takes to become a vampire. 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. A passionate love story and a fascinating exploration of the power of tradition and the possibilities for change, Time's Convert will delight fans of the All Souls trilogy and all readers of magic, the supernatural, and romance"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2018]
ISBN: 9780399564512
0399564519
Branch Call Number: FIC HARKNES
Characteristics: 436 pages ; 24 cm

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stra8295
Oct 17, 2019

I loved the original trilogy so I was excited to read this one too. However this was a disappointment of a book. It seemed feom the beginning it would be the same amazing story world and good character writing instead it started ok then turned towards bad then ended disjointed and disappointing. It seemed about 3/4 of the way through the book she got tired of writing it or her publisher moved up the release date or something because it kinda just ended oddly. It left a lot of stories kind of just out there and wrapped up the main story but super quickly and without much detail. Kinda just felt like it was a "ok here its done now" rush job. I had high hopes for this book but it was just a sad whisper of the original writingm

ArapahoeSarahH Sep 30, 2019

I delayed reading this novel, as I was so sad that the All Souls trilogy had concluded. When I finally picked up a copy, I was sucked in within the first few pages as "my" Diana and Matthew play a key role in this novel! I loved diving into Marcus' formative years - both as a human and a vampire, and following Phoebe as she enters the vampire world. Definitely a great continuation of the franchise, and I hope to see more expansions of the All Souls world in the future!

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NYSandy23
Jun 23, 2019

As usual, Deborah Harkness writes a deep and rich story that not only has magic and vampires, but quite a bit of history thrown in. This time Diana and Matthew take a side role while the story revolves around Marcus and Phoebe. For Phoebe it is about becoming a Vampire to fully live with her chosen mate Marcus, and for Marcus it is reliving his past which brought him to today. Most of the story happens in Revolutionary War times as well as the uprising in France which deposed the monarchy. I loved the history piece as we get so few books that focus on historical fiction at that time which don't involve the Founding Fathers or Mothers. It was also fascinating to view the authors very feministic writing about what it takes to be a female Vampire in that society. I am sure there will be more books and I can't wait to read them. These books are lush to read

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yaelol
Jun 20, 2019

Disappointing. a sequel to the all souls trilogy, but so not a par with it. why?
there just isn't enough story in a book, but there's way too much history and vampire's transformation.
1. History
it's not that history didn't play a role in the trilogy, but Time's convert has too much of it. the balance that made All Souls so great is gone. this is a TMH fiction. [Too Much History]
2. Vampire tranformation 101
yes, i know it's fiction, and comes with lots of vampire, but pleeeeeze, no one, even a vampires biggest fans have little interest in how to become a vampire manual. again - Too Much. i want a story, not a manual.

as much as i love the All Souls Trilogy, reading this book was one long disappointment.

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fantasyqueen
May 26, 2019

Outstanding!
This is a prequel and a sequel to the All Souls Trilogy all wrapped up in one book. A history of the deClermont clan as well as what's going on with Matthew & Diana and the twins in the present. Very well done. Enjoyed every word

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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.

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