Review: Time's Convert by Deborah Harkness

Time's Convert by Deborah Harkness
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Viking


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.

My Thoughts

It begins with absence and desire.
It begins with blood and fear.
It begins with a discovery of witches.
It was from those words from A Discovery of Witches that begun my love affair with the All Souls Trilogy. I had always hoped that Deborah Harkness would expand on the world of the de Clermonts and Bishops. Since this book was published on my birthday, I choose to believe that Harkness granted my wish.

Time's Convert focuses on Matthew's son Marcus MacNeil and his mate Phoebe Taylor. Phoebe has chosen to become a vampire. He turns her over to Miriam and Freyja to see her through the process. Marcus has a hard time letting her go for the duration. It's in this that his past is revealed. In addition to storyline, Matthew and Diana are having some difficulties with their twins as their powers start developing.

Deborah Harkness is amazing when it comes to historical detail in her novels. I can't help but read and be in awe as she takes her readers back to the 1700s. Finding out the story behind how Marcus became a de Clermont was really interesting, but I felt as if she spent a bit too much time in the past. Especially, since there was so much going on in the present. However, it didn't deter from the story.

I love that Time's Convert brought back a lot of the characters from the All Souls Trilogy. It was like visiting old friends and catching up on details. This book came out just in time for the television show currently airing in Europe. It does make me inpatient as to when it will come Stateside. I can't wait to see how the characters are portrayed on the small screen. If you're new to the series, I would start at the beginning with A Discovery of Witches. You won't regret it!

*Thanks to Viking and NetGalley for providing an ecopy to review. This in no way influenced my opinion of the book.