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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. 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 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 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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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 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 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.

30 review for Time's Convert

  1. 5 out of 5

    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...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lucia

    MARK YOUR CALENDARS EVERYONE! Sep. 18th 2018 is THE DAY :) I am super stoked for this book. All Souls Trilogy 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 MARK YOUR CALENDARS EVERYONE! Sep. 18th 2018 is THE DAY :) I am super stoked for this book. All Souls Trilogy 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

  3. 5 out of 5

    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*

  4. 4 out of 5

    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.

  5. 5 out of 5

    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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Renee

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

  7. 4 out of 5

    Moira

  8. 5 out of 5

    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.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nicolette (FallingOverBooks)

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

  10. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    3.5-4 stars I finished this several days ago, but I'm so behind, I didn't get to mark it until now...and I don't remember much anymore. I just know that it was great to be back in this world, I wasn't as invested in Marcus and Phoebe going into this and not much that happened in this book changed that. But the fact that Matthew and Diana had a rather large role helped to make this a mostly enjoyable read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    I loved author Deborah Harkness’ previous trilogy and was excited about this new work. I eagerly read it and quickly remembered the characters and the basic story, even though it has been awhile since I last read about them. This book, Time’s Convert, lacks focus, and I kept feeling as though I was being set up to read a multi-story arc that wouldn’t make sense until the final story. Those are my least favorite types of series; I prefer series that engage readers in character development and new I loved author Deborah Harkness’ previous trilogy and was excited about this new work. I eagerly read it and quickly remembered the characters and the basic story, even though it has been awhile since I last read about them. This book, Time’s Convert, lacks focus, and I kept feeling as though I was being set up to read a multi-story arc that wouldn’t make sense until the final story. Those are my least favorite types of series; I prefer series that engage readers in character development and new adventures rather than piecemeal tales. This book has three partial stories, none of which are really very rewarding by book’s end. Phoebe becomes a vampire, Marcus reveals his human past and very early vampire years and Matthew and Diana’s twins begin to develop real personalities. The Phoebe/Marcus story could have been a good book or the twins could have been a good book but this was not enough anything to be a really good story. I remain hungry for more.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Liz Barnsley

    Positively brilliant. A richly woven story with huge magical heart. Loved it. Full review to follow.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Attica Musings

    A lovely sojourn with old friends. Coffee with history and easter eggs, allusions, as a tasty accompaniment. A voice I love to hear speaking , a clear voice speaks in her writing. I walked into this book and literally picked up where I had left them, in my mind. Writer acumen. So fervently glad that her characters, her friends, have stories to tell. Enjoy!

  14. 4 out of 5

    April

    To say that I am excited for this book is an understatement.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Siobhan

    The All Souls Trilogy is one of my all-time favourite series, a series I gladly tell everyone to read. Since finishing, I’ve been holding out for the next Deborah Harkness book I could read. Like many, I was expecting a certain story years ago only to be given Time’s Convert today. Time’s Convert may not have been the book I was originally anticipating in the universe, but I was more than happy to dive into it. I would happily drown in any story set in this universe, but with Marcus being a chara The All Souls Trilogy is one of my all-time favourite series, a series I gladly tell everyone to read. Since finishing, I’ve been holding out for the next Deborah Harkness book I could read. Like many, I was expecting a certain story years ago only to be given Time’s Convert today. Time’s Convert may not have been the book I was originally anticipating in the universe, but I was more than happy to dive into it. I would happily drown in any story set in this universe, but with Marcus being a character I adored in the original trilogy I was perfectly content to read more about him – both his past and the present. I will be honest and say I did not adore this in the way I adored the original All Souls trilogy, but it was still a delight. In many ways, we have three stories taking place throughout Time’s Convert. We have two taking place in the present – we get to follow our main characters from the original series and we get to see the development of a new vampire – and we have one taking place in the past – the story of Marcus. There wasn’t quite the level of action in this book that there was in the original trilogy, but there were plenty of elements to enjoy. I admit, things were a bit slow in place, there were times when things did not seem to be moving at the anticipated rate. However, we were introduced to many things that I hope we get more of in the future. Although this book was not to the same mind-blowing level as the original trilogy, it really was a great look back into the world I love so much. I really cannot wait to read even more in the universe, as there are so many things I’m looking forward to seeing. Overall, Time’s Convert was worth the wait. It may not have been the story I hoped for, but I was plenty happy with my journey back into one of my favourite universes.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    I absolutely loved The All Souls Trilogy! I was so excited when I saw this book coming out! I couldn't wait!! I have now discovered that having read the Trilogy 4 or so years ago and not having it fresh in my mind is a large problem. It started on page one when I couldn't remember who the hell Phoebe is. It escalated from there. The writing is good. The problem is I don't really care about the characters because I don't really remember who they are and there is no suspense or action occuring in I absolutely loved The All Souls Trilogy! I was so excited when I saw this book coming out! I couldn't wait!! I have now discovered that having read the Trilogy 4 or so years ago and not having it fresh in my mind is a large problem. It started on page one when I couldn't remember who the hell Phoebe is. It escalated from there. The writing is good. The problem is I don't really care about the characters because I don't really remember who they are and there is no suspense or action occuring in the story. So at 42% I'm utterly bored and giving up. My friend went back and re-read The Book of Life in order to get fully reoriented. She does remember Phoebe and does care about the characters. She's interested in the story. So, it seems just too much time has gone by for me.... Maybe I'll try again later when I feel like re-reading the original series....

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jiyoung

    Somebody please tell me what happened to the other one to be published? It was about Diana & Matthew’s medieval times adventure. Not that I’m not excited for Marcus, but I was waiting that one for almost 3 years! Originally, it was planned to be outed in 2017, then it got put off, then I can’t find that one on Goodread anymore?! ======> So, I read this story and it was okay. I mean, at first, I didn’t think I wanted to read Marcus’s past but DH’s writing hooked me up and it really got intriguin Somebody please tell me what happened to the other one to be published? It was about Diana & Matthew’s medieval times adventure. Not that I’m not excited for Marcus, but I was waiting that one for almost 3 years! Originally, it was planned to be outed in 2017, then it got put off, then I can’t find that one on Goodread anymore?! ======> So, I read this story and it was okay. I mean, at first, I didn’t think I wanted to read Marcus’s past but DH’s writing hooked me up and it really got intriguing. It’s obvious that Phoebe’s experience of becoming vampire would be important perception for the twins, but I’m not sure about Phoebe. If she was a likable and interesting character, I missed her charm. The last parts were too fast and brief. Really liked Bishop-Clairmont family’s interaction.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    BE STILL MY BEATING HEART read it for Le Bébé the cutie pie revolutionist !!!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Melinda Sabo

    I LOVE the All Souls trilogy. The books are exciting, romantic, erudite, mysterious, and full of amazing characters, history, and far-off places. I had high hopes and expectations for this book, but I found (aside from history) it lacked all of the original books’ strengths. Where are the villains? The mystery? The suspense? The conflict? The plot? Hell - where even is the romance? While it was nice to spend time in this world again, I do not recommend this book to anyone who isn’t already a hug I LOVE the All Souls trilogy. The books are exciting, romantic, erudite, mysterious, and full of amazing characters, history, and far-off places. I had high hopes and expectations for this book, but I found (aside from history) it lacked all of the original books’ strengths. Where are the villains? The mystery? The suspense? The conflict? The plot? Hell - where even is the romance? While it was nice to spend time in this world again, I do not recommend this book to anyone who isn’t already a huge fan of the first three books. Disappointed.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kristyna MacKinnon

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Received an Advanced Reader In Summer 2011 I found myself in love with the World of All Souls. So getting the chance to read Time Convert early made my summer. If you are familiar with the previous trilogy you have already been introduced to Marcus.A vampire that was sired by Matthew during the Revoluntary War. Time Convert is being marketed as his story but as I read it did not feel like it truly was not like how the original trilogy was Diana's. Time Convert is told from three perspectives. One Received an Advanced Reader In Summer 2011 I found myself in love with the World of All Souls. So getting the chance to read Time Convert early made my summer. If you are familiar with the previous trilogy you have already been introduced to Marcus.A vampire that was sired by Matthew during the Revoluntary War. Time Convert is being marketed as his story but as I read it did not feel like it truly was not like how the original trilogy was Diana's. Time Convert is told from three perspectives. One is about how Diana is dealing with life raising her twins but is also trying to keep Marcus focus else where. Including those bits felt like a fan service since most are going want to know what is happening. Then is Marcus's perspective that is set in the past. It's during the chapaters that are of Marcus's past is where the book shines. As Marcus is reliving his tale gives the book hits the stride of not wanting to put it down. But those chapters are much fewer from what one would think there would be in Marcus focus book. Plus if you are a fan of the Hamilton musical those chapters are just a bit more amazing. A bulk of the book is focused on Phoebe who is starting her transformation. Her transformation is truthfully what the book is about. It also what drags the book down. If you are a big fan of the All Souls Trilogy then this book is a most read. But if you are so-so fan then maybe skip this on

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This is a companion volume to Harkness’s All Souls Trilogy, which is like the thinking gal’s Twilight, as written by a historian of science. I read the first book, A Discovery of Witches, in 2011 and surprised myself by completely loving the story of the witch Diana Bishop, who researches alchemy at the Bodleian Library and falls hard for a centuries-old vampire, Matthew de Clermont. Although Time’s Convert is likely intended to stand alone, I felt it could do with a dramatis personae at the sta This is a companion volume to Harkness’s All Souls Trilogy, which is like the thinking gal’s Twilight, as written by a historian of science. I read the first book, A Discovery of Witches, in 2011 and surprised myself by completely loving the story of the witch Diana Bishop, who researches alchemy at the Bodleian Library and falls hard for a centuries-old vampire, Matthew de Clermont. Although Time’s Convert is likely intended to stand alone, I felt it could do with a dramatis personae at the start as I’d forgotten who many of the minor characters were. Diana and Matthew are still major characters, though not at the heart of the book. One strand has Diana and her family staying in the French countryside. She and Matthew now have toddler twins, Philip and Becca, who are just starting to show magical powers: Philip summons a griffon named Apollo as his familiar. Another is set in Paris, where Phoebe Taylor is willingly being transformed into a vampire so she can marry Matthew’s son, Marcus. A final strand recreates Marcus’s experiences during the American and French Revolutions and onward: he was born in Massachusetts in 1757 and was a surgeon during the Revolutionary War before he met Matthew and received the offer of immortality. I almost always feel that sequels fail to live up to the original. Time’s Convert is most like Shadow of Night, the second book of the series and my least favorite because it spends so much time in 1590s England. Here the three different story lines split my focus and I resented being taken away from Diana’s first-person narration, which is much more engaging than the third-person material. I would only recommend this volume to diehard fans of the series. Originally published on my blog, Bookish Beck.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Darcy

    This was interesting, we followed Marcus and Phoebe in the present and Phoebe's choice to become a vampire. As Phoebe's life changed, it seemed like everyone was reflecting on Marcus and we got to see a lot of his past, events that changed him and made him the man he is today. I laughed at how interested Diana was in Marcus's past when she realized his formative years were among the American Revolution. All she could see was living through history in the making. It was fun for Matthew to make he This was interesting, we followed Marcus and Phoebe in the present and Phoebe's choice to become a vampire. As Phoebe's life changed, it seemed like everyone was reflecting on Marcus and we got to see a lot of his past, events that changed him and made him the man he is today. I laughed at how interested Diana was in Marcus's past when she realized his formative years were among the American Revolution. All she could see was living through history in the making. It was fun for Matthew to make her realize that Marcus wouldn't remember things like she wanted him to. Surprisingly Phoebe did a great job in her transition. I think everyone was waiting for her to fail and fail big, but she only had a few of the normal issues, a good thing because Marcus was going nuts not having contact with her. The other far more interesting part of this book were Diana and Matthew's kids, who are a handful, challenging their parents at every turn. I like how no one is sure about the kids being half vampire and half witch, what lineage they will take after, what powers they will have. Some of that is coming out, which is fun for us readers, for their parents and family, not so much.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

    Family squabbles, annoying relatives and one of my least favorite themes in books: Description of wartime. Phoebe's drawn out transformation into vampirism didn't hold much appeal either. I'm so disappointed. *Sigh* Runding up to 3 stars for old times sakes.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔

    While I still need to finish the All Souls Trilogy, probably should start by re-reading the first one, I remember loving Marcus so I'll definitely check this one out for him.

  25. 4 out of 5

    The Lit Bitch

    3.5 stars I first saw A Discovery of Witches in my local bookstore when it first came out. I bought the book and then kind of forgot about it. Like a ghost, the book haunted me from my bookshelf. Eventually I picked it up to read and absolutely fell in love with the characters, story, and world that Harkness created. I breezed through all of the books and enjoyed each one for various reasons. I was genuinely sad when the series came to an end. Then I heard that Harkness was coming out with a new bo 3.5 stars I first saw A Discovery of Witches in my local bookstore when it first came out. I bought the book and then kind of forgot about it. Like a ghost, the book haunted me from my bookshelf. Eventually I picked it up to read and absolutely fell in love with the characters, story, and world that Harkness created. I breezed through all of the books and enjoyed each one for various reasons. I was genuinely sad when the series came to an end. Then I heard that Harkness was coming out with a new book that was set in the same world as the All Soul’s Trilogy complete with old friends from the previous books! So I had high expectations for this book. The All Soul’s series is one of my absolute favorites and I would hate if this book didn’t live up to the hype. Fortunately, I thought this was an ok follow up to a beloved series. While it lacked some of the mystery and tension that the All Soul’s trilogy possessed, it was still nice to revisit familiar characters and see their story play out. For me, this book needed a little more drive in the plot. It seemed to meander at times and I felt that a clear plot like a mystery etc, would have helped tether some of the relationship plot points. The relationship plot points were the only thing driving this story and for me it needed a little something more. I liked the alternating POVs, though I could have done without some of the flash back scenes, but over all I thought that that helped move the story on and keep readers interested in both of the characters. Following up to such a tremendously popular series can be hard. Do you do something completely different that readers wouldn’t expect (JK Rowling I’m looking at you) or do you stick with what your readers are familiar with and do spin offs with new characters set in the same world (Diana Gabaldon and the Lord John series for example). It’s such a fine line and hard to decide. I personally like the new characters/same world option which is what attracted me to this book in the first place. Harkness has already developed a strong world and memorable characters, that it makes sense for her to branch out and write other books on beloved characters. But for me this one just didn’t have the same magic as the All Soul’s series. It wasn’t bad by any means, it just didn’t have the same chemistry that the other series had. It’s almost impossible to not factor in the previous series when it comes to reviewing this book. If you haven’t read the All Soul’s series and are trying to decide if you should read the series first or this standalone…..I say read the standalone because on it’s own, it’s an excellent read but when compared to the series it lands closer to good. See my full review here

  26. 5 out of 5

    Terri Wino

    A solid 3-1/2 stars for me, but I'm rounding up to 4 because I was just so happy to revisit these characters and get a peek at what's happening since the end of the original trilogy. I absolutely loved seeing how the twins are developing their own powers and look forward to (hopefully) seeing how they change as they get older. Love that I still felt the connection and love between Diana and Matthew and that marriage and domesticity hasn't changed who each of them are, yet has helped them become A solid 3-1/2 stars for me, but I'm rounding up to 4 because I was just so happy to revisit these characters and get a peek at what's happening since the end of the original trilogy. I absolutely loved seeing how the twins are developing their own powers and look forward to (hopefully) seeing how they change as they get older. Love that I still felt the connection and love between Diana and Matthew and that marriage and domesticity hasn't changed who each of them are, yet has helped them become better in some ways. I enjoyed Phoebe's journey to become a vampire and still love that her and Marcus's relationship somehow manages to be modern and old-fashioned at the same time. I hope we get to see more of the life of a fledgling vampire through Phoebe's eyes. Now to Marcus's past. Sadly, this part of the book did drag for me in some parts. It WAS interesting to learn how Marcus became who he is today, but the historical aspect of this book just wasn't as gripping for me as the previous books. This is the reason for having to round up to my 4 star rating. Overall, I did enjoy this book and was just ecstatic that we are getting more of the characters I had grown to love over the course of the original All Souls trilogy. I really hope we get MORE books and, especially, a Gallowglass origin story and present day update!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)

    A wonderful read for sure. This book went deep into history (fictionalizing it much like the Outlander series, not story but meshing history with fiction). Having read the authors other books, I expected as much. I was very much invested in the main characters and their lives. I also appreciated former characters being included and the world building of a vampire from start to finish. The only element that was missing that was in the previous books was that since of danger. I never really got tha A wonderful read for sure. This book went deep into history (fictionalizing it much like the Outlander series, not story but meshing history with fiction). Having read the authors other books, I expected as much. I was very much invested in the main characters and their lives. I also appreciated former characters being included and the world building of a vampire from start to finish. The only element that was missing that was in the previous books was that since of danger. I never really got that edge of your seat feel. But that was okay. A well written book rich in character and story. I look forward to more. The kiddos have my interest piqued. Narration was fantastic.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Martha b

    I was hoping to find out more about Marcus and Phoebe, I am glad that this was the story that was told. I enjoyed the way it was written, past then present and so on. I feel like Marcus and Matthew mended fences and seem to understand each other. In saying this there is ALOT. of stories left to be told. I am waiting ...............

  29. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* NetGalley *Genre* Thrillers / Suspense *Rating* 3.5 *Thoughts* Time Convert, by author Deborah Harkness, is technically a standalone novel, however, it would behoove you to have read the All Souls Trilogy, particularly the final installment The Book of Life, before reading this book. The events for this story takes place a few years after the end of The Book of Life. Every character in this book is someone who is not new. They have all have appeared one time or the other in the previous ins *Source* NetGalley *Genre* Thrillers / Suspense *Rating* 3.5 *Thoughts* Time Convert, by author Deborah Harkness, is technically a standalone novel, however, it would behoove you to have read the All Souls Trilogy, particularly the final installment The Book of Life, before reading this book. The events for this story takes place a few years after the end of The Book of Life. Every character in this book is someone who is not new. They have all have appeared one time or the other in the previous installments. There are several distinct parts to this story. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* http://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/201...

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lori Cornett

    Marcus is a great character, an old-fashioned sweetheart with a dangerous rebellious streak. His relationships with his family and how there tied into his troubled past is wonderfully human, despite this being a vampire story. The historical elements of his past are fascinating, colored by real history and even real figures. That said, his whole life is touched on in this book, a book he has to share with his mate and step-mother, both of whom do shed a great deal of light on him as a person. It Marcus is a great character, an old-fashioned sweetheart with a dangerous rebellious streak. His relationships with his family and how there tied into his troubled past is wonderfully human, despite this being a vampire story. The historical elements of his past are fascinating, colored by real history and even real figures. That said, his whole life is touched on in this book, a book he has to share with his mate and step-mother, both of whom do shed a great deal of light on him as a person. It just seems like some really interesting times are very quickly passed over. I would have liked to have stayed much longer.

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