Time's Convert

Time's Convert

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches, 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 h...

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Title:Time's Convert
Author:Deborah Harkness
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Edition Language:English

Time's Convert Reviews

  • Leigh Kramer

    “Miracles should leave a mark, so that we can remember how precious they are.” p. 14

    I do believe I owe Marcus MacNeil an apology. I've been so anxious to read Gallowglass's story (which Harkness, bless her forever, is writing next), that I viewed Time's Convert as somewhat of a placeholder. A way to bide my time until whenever Gallowglass's book arrives.

    But I should have known better, as Marcus's story is just as worthy of being told. It was such a delight to return to the world of the All Souls

    “Miracles should leave a mark, so that we can remember how precious they are.” p. 14

    I do believe I owe Marcus MacNeil an apology. I've been so anxious to read Gallowglass's story (which Harkness, bless her forever, is writing next), that I viewed Time's Convert as somewhat of a placeholder. A way to bide my time until whenever Gallowglass's book arrives.

    But I should have known better, as Marcus's story is just as worthy of being told. It was such a delight to return to the world of the All Souls series. Diana and Matthew appear throughout this story and we even get Diana's POV. But Time's Convert largely devotes itself to Marcus's backstory during the Revolutionary War and his present day relationship with Phoebe who has decided to be reborn as a vampire.

    Matthew and Diana's relationship served as a great contrast to Phoebe and Marcus. They've settled into parenthood, although this is filled with many unknowns as the twins are rare Bright Borns (born to a weaver mother and vampire father who has blood rage.) I really enjoyed seeing them figure out how to parent their children and their paranormal abilities and what's the right amount of freedom and restraint. Marcus and Phoebe are separated for the majority of the book while Phoebe is transformed. The process of how vampires are made and then develop was absolutely fascinating.

    Some of Marcus's past recollections are crammed, abruptly moving from "showing" to "telling" and might have worked better if he was actually telling us, instead of us reliving those periods of his life. But this was a minor misstep and I didn't care overmuch. His experiences during the war and with his abusive father were heartbreaking but I really appreciated how this pushed him toward medicine and particularly how being a vampire was an asset when it came to curing or treating epidemics.

    I have missed all these characters and I'm so glad I got to reacquaint myself with them again. And of course, I treasured all those glimpses of Gallowglass. I know his first name now! Now back to biding my time...

  • Stacee

    I was totally in for another story in this world and I was thrilled to see how Marcus and Phoebe’s story was going to play out.

    I loved the format the most: we got a chapter of Marcus’s past, a chapter of Phoebe as she learns to be a vampire, and a chapter of Diana and the current household. It was such an interesting way to tell the story and get the details of how everyone was fairing. Plus, I love love loved seeing how Marcus came to be Matthew’s son.

    I have a lot of feelings and I don’t know

    I was totally in for another story in this world and I was thrilled to see how Marcus and Phoebe’s story was going to play out.

    I loved the format the most: we got a chapter of Marcus’s past, a chapter of Phoebe as she learns to be a vampire, and a chapter of Diana and the current household. It was such an interesting way to tell the story and get the details of how everyone was fairing. Plus, I love love loved seeing how Marcus came to be Matthew’s son.

    I have a lot of feelings and I don’t know how to put it into words, so all I will say is that it is everything I didn’t know I wanted.

    **Huge thanks to Mysterious Galaxy for giving me an arc*

  • Nicolette (FallingOverBooks)

    I found Marcus' flashback chapters kinda boring but overall I really enjoyed being back in this world with all the characters.

  • Ashley

    A little disappointing, if I'm honest. I was happy to read it, and it was nice to revisit familiar characters, and to get a deeper look into Marcus's past, but the whole 400 pages felt meandering and slightly pointless. There was no danger, no urgency, no mystery--none of the hallmarks of the original trilogy that made it so absorbing to read. It felt like a history lesson of the American and French Revolutions that just so happened to include vampires. The last 100 pages seemed rushed, though t

    A little disappointing, if I'm honest. I was happy to read it, and it was nice to revisit familiar characters, and to get a deeper look into Marcus's past, but the whole 400 pages felt meandering and slightly pointless. There was no danger, no urgency, no mystery--none of the hallmarks of the original trilogy that made it so absorbing to read. It felt like a history lesson of the American and French Revolutions that just so happened to include vampires. The last 100 pages seemed rushed, though the conclusion was satisfying at least. I hope if Harkness decides to return to this world in the future that she can tighten up the stories and imbue them with a little more of the magic that was so integral to the first three books.

  • M W

    You know how sometimes you think you really want something but then you get it and you wish you hadn't because you realize you were better off without it? That's how I feel about this book. It wasn't bad but it just seems like a totally unnecessary interlude. I wish Harkness had either gone totally in the past to explore a side character's life or had waited until the twins were grown up enough to actually add something new to the mix. And a griffin? Really? I felt like I was in Castle Glower.

    You know how sometimes you think you really want something but then you get it and you wish you hadn't because you realize you were better off without it? That's how I feel about this book. It wasn't bad but it just seems like a totally unnecessary interlude. I wish Harkness had either gone totally in the past to explore a side character's life or had waited until the twins were grown up enough to actually add something new to the mix. And a griffin? Really? I felt like I was in Castle Glower.

    I really did enjoy parts of the book but I still feel like I wish I could go back and unread this book so it wouldn't be a part of the series for me.

  • thebookbitch

    Time's Convert was my most anticipated book of 2018. I was very lucky to receive one of very limited Advanced Reader Copies of the book and as soon as the proof came I dove straight in. The All Souls Trilogy told the story of Diana and Matthew on their quest to solving the mystery behind Ashmole 782. Time's Convert follows Matthew's son, Marcus and his girlfriend Phoebe while they go through their journey to be together.

    Initially I really enjoyed the first few chapters I read. I loved being bac

    Time's Convert was my most anticipated book of 2018. I was very lucky to receive one of very limited Advanced Reader Copies of the book and as soon as the proof came I dove straight in. The All Souls Trilogy told the story of Diana and Matthew on their quest to solving the mystery behind Ashmole 782. Time's Convert follows Matthew's son, Marcus and his girlfriend Phoebe while they go through their journey to be together.

    Initially I really enjoyed the first few chapters I read. I loved being back into a world I knew and loved so much and seeing scenes with Diana and Matthew made my heart warm. However, I started to realise that what I thought would have been a story was starting to lag and feel like a diary entry. The story is told in 3 ways; Marcus' story of his childhood and how he got into the army and fought in the war. We then have Marcus' current story while being away from Phoebe and then lastly we have Phoebe's story while she goes through her transition. With this in mind I kept reading on in hopes Deborah would create a plot twist that would change the story but nothing ever came. It continued on the diary format, living each day as they came doing very basic things that Mundanes would do despite them being Vampires.

    The one big thing that knocked me for six was the writing. The All Souls trilogy was filled with beautifully descriptive writings that captured the scenes and characters so well but everything in Time's Convert felt very simple. According to someone I spoke to on the book, Deborah said in an interview that the writing would be different because Marcus is 24 years old. However, that made zero sense to me because while Marcus was 24 years old when he was changed, he's actually over 200 years old so that doesn't really count as an excuse to the writing being lazy.

    With the writing being lazy and choppy I decided to eventually DNF the book at page 207. I truly tried to conquer my way through the novel but I just couldn't force myself to do it. I was starting to dislike our main characters and I truly do not care for the storyline. I actually find it difficult how Deborah can carve a trilogy out of this because Time's Convert just purely feels like an after thought. As for now I'm happy to leave the All Souls series where it is.

  • Renee

    I think it's safe to call this one of my highly-anticipated reads of 2018! I mean, hello...Marcus!!!!

  • Lucia

    I am super stoked for this book.

    is my all time favorite paranormal series and I cannot wait to get my hands on Marcus's story!

    Info about other books from All Souls world:

    "For those of you wondering, THE SERPENT'S MIRROR (Matthew's life under Henry VIII and Elizabeth I), a book on Gallowglass, and whoever else happens to stop by and tell me their tale will follow in the future...definitely NOT in 2018." - from Deborah Ha

    I am super stoked for this book.

    is my all time favorite paranormal series and I cannot wait to get my hands on Marcus's story!

    Info about other books from All Souls world:

    "For those of you wondering, THE SERPENT'S MIRROR (Matthew's life under Henry VIII and Elizabeth I), a book on Gallowglass, and whoever else happens to stop by and tell me their tale will follow in the future...definitely NOT in 2018." - from Deborah Harkness's Facebook

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