I received this book for free from Library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Time's Convert by Deborah Harkness
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Historical
Published by Penguin Books on June 25, 2019
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Also by this author: A Discovery of Witches , Shadow of Night , The Book of Life, Time's Convert
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.
Here is what I thought
I was kind of excited but also hesitant to read this book after reading the All Souls Trilogy. I think I could have liked this book more if we hadn’t read it so soon after and that is a bummer cause I wanted to love it.
I really liked Marcus and Phoebe from the trilogy. Marcus is Matthew’s son by siring and Phoebe is Marcus’s mate. They both played a large role in the trilogy and I wanted to enjoy their story but it was just dry in comparison to the trilogy.
We actually have three different POV’s of sorts as we have present day with Phoebe as she is being transformed into a vampire and then we have Marcus trying to distract himself because he can’t be with her so he is telling his story to Diana and those at her house. So then we have the historical aspect of it as it takes you back to the late 1700’s and when he became a vampire after meeting Matthew. Then we also Diana’s POV and how she and Matthew are dealing with things since what happened in the trilogy and with keeping Marcus distracted.
So I liked Phoebe but in this she was a bit of a bratty vampire and it could be very annoying and I wasn’t real thrilled with what was going on with her. I liked learning Marcus’s story but it was very boring wrapped up in the Revolutionary war in American and then in France, he was kind of bratty too as a vampire. My favorite part of his story was closer to the end as I wanted to know more about his time in New Orleans where he created his family. So my favorite parts was of course all the Matthew and Diana parts!!!! Which wasn’t enough…lol. Oh and of course Baldwin was being Baldwin!!! He needs his own story where he gets a life so he quits messing with everyone else…lol. Oh and I loved the new animals they got!
I am trying not to give away anything that could spoil the trilogy so I feel like I am a bit rambly so going to quit now.
Overall, it was okay but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped which I don’t think is necessarily the books fault.