Time's Convert - Deborah Harkness

Time's Convert

By Deborah Harkness

  • Release Date: 2018-09-18
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Time's Convert book review score

4 Score: 4 (From 249 Ratings)

Time's Convert Deborah Harkness Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches, a novel about what it takes to become a vampire. A perfect holiday gift.

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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User reviews about this book

  • Disappointing

    By SeaStella
    Loved Harkness’s other works, but Time’s Convert felt like the kind of book a serial fantasy or romance author rushes out to make a deadline. All fluff and no substance.
  • Meh

    By givemeallthebooks
    I loved the all souls trilogy. As soon as I could, I preordered this book. Unfortunately this book fell short for me. The trilogy was full of suspense and I would stay up late into the night turning pages. This book has very little suspense. It was nice to see how the Claremont’s are doing, especially the kids, but I didn’t get enough of anything. The book just plods along until it ends. I kept waiting for the excitement that never came. I was shocked when I looked down at the page numbers to see the book was almost done. Where was the exciting plot? Just Marcus and Phoebe deciding to mate for life? Boring!
  • Drivel

    By goeschei
    What was the point of that? Utterly devoid of a plot. Barely interesting. I couldn’t wait for it to be over. The first few books were entertaining but this puts the nail in the coffin. I won’t bother reading any others should she write them. Just awful.

    By D. Mama
    truthfully all of Ms. Deborah’s books have been fantastic! I was so thrilled to discover she’s continued the series beyond the first three books. I always thought that there is more to the “whole story”. Sure hope Gallowglass will meet his love. He’s missing from this book (sadly), but is mentioned. (He’s my favorite).. if you’re new to the series I would recommend reading from beginning; first, because the books are great and second, you’ll be lost otherwise.
  • Disappointed

    By Momdear
    This book by Deborah Harkness had no substance. I was looking forward to reading this book based on her previous offerings in the series. Don’t put yourself through the misery of reading this it.
  • Marcus & Phoebe’s tale, complete unto itself

    By Marina Ariadne
    After the first three, of course. I had to refresh my memory a bit via The World of All Souls—so easy to do electronically. History having been my favorite subject, I appreciated a closer view of historical persons. Due to moving back and forth between California and New Mexico, I managed to cover the history of the (western) world and of the US up to the Civil War three times, without learning anything new, save the history of New Mexico. I seem to be starved for detail, and thus continue to read history in fact and fiction. I would enjoy visiting Hôtel des/Les Révenants and Sept-Tours, for the architecture and gardens. I enjoyed Marcus’s backstory, and the fleshing out of some events from earlier books. Becoming a vampire looks incredibly arduous! If Phillip has a griffin, I can only wonder what Becca will acquire as a familiar. Looking forward to the next installment in this world.
  • Time Converts

    By Pamxxx
    This book does not disappoint. It is an enchanting as the 1st 3 books. I felt I was visiting with old friends. Thank you & please keep writing.
  • Gym

    By Heath Greg
    V ofttimes F cycle triggers can get a flying Gear
  • Not as exciting as the trilogy

    By JPZ121
    While the book was well written, historically engaging, and the characters are still likeable, I felt like it was a race toward nothing compared to the other books. I understand that this book told Marcus’ story and detailed the experience of becoming a vampire, but I was left thinking “Ok so what?” And the discovery regarding Phillip’s nature also seemed anti-climatic. The change in Diana’s and Matthew’s parenting outlook wasn’t a compelling plot point for me - that discovery could have led to more exciting things. Given that each book in the trilogy was compelling on their own, I was not expecting this book to be so slow. I would hesitate to put out the money and purchase another book related to these characters on its release date, as I did with this book.
  • Love ❤️

    By Sara Treasure
    I waited years for another book to come out and it was worth the wait! Fingers crossed the story continues on and we get another amazing book! ❤️

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