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Deborah Harkness has done it once again in Time's Convert. While beloved characters from the Discovery of Witches trilogy, Diana and Matthew, are not the main focus of the novel, the book stands a continuation of sorts.
This time Harkness focuses on the life of Matthew’s “son,” Marcus, the surgeon-turned-vampire from the Revolutionary War. Marcus has a dark past that he is slow to reveal, but the chapters in which he shares his stories are rich with historical notes – something Harkness fans have grown to love. Harkness takes the time to develop Marcus’s character fully and richly, imbuing him with depth and a troubling past.
Also given more development is Marcus’s fiancée, Phoebe, a woman who has chosen to become a creature like her true love. The process of becoming a vampire is long and purposeful – much more involved than a mere bite on the neck - and a cornerstone of her personality and development as a vampire is her strength; Phoebe is a master of self-control – most of the time.
Matthew and Diana also make appearances in this novel, as do their newborn brightborn twins Becca and Phillip, as well as Ysbeau and Phillipe. In fact, it’s Diana who encourages Marcus to delve deeper into his past. In raising her children, Diana is forced to remember some of the troublesome moments of her own childhood. And the children are anything but typical: Becca may have her father’s bloodrage, while Phillip welcomes a creature to their home; it’s never a dull moment.
Time’s Convert is perfectly representative of Harkness’s talent: the novel is intriguing, and I didn’t want to put it down. Plus, I got to revisit Matthew’s and Diana’s lives, two literary characters I love. Likewise, Harkness continues the vampire and witch lore that she created from Discovery of Witches. I can’t wait until the next book – and yes, it looks like there will be another.
— Shelly Walston
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches—now a hit TV series 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.
About the Author
Deborah Harkness is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life. A history professor at the University of Southern California, Harkness has received Fulbright, Guggenheim, and National Humanities Center fellowships. She lives in Los Angeles.Visit www.deborahharkness.com and follow Deborah Harkness on Facebook and @DebHarkness on Twitter.
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“Harkness brings her keen historian’s eye to the American and French revolutions, drawing parallels between the two periods through not only the vampire witnesses to history but the appearances of historical figures: the Marquis de Lafayette, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Paine.” —Los Angeles Times
“In Time’s Convert, Deborah Harkness, the author of A Discovery Of Witches, spins a tale of life-ever-after, romance, and family drama, and it is gloriously entertaining.” —Bustle
“This vampire book is set during the American Revolution, when a young man named Marcus MacNeil is offered a chance to escape his puritan upbringing (boring!) and become immortal (fun!). From the bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches.” —New York Post
“Ever wonder what it really takes to be a vampire? Let Deborah Harkness, New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches, give you a taste in her latest novel . . . a passionate love story.” —PopSugar
“Effortlessly sweeping across time and continents . . . Harkness replaces the captivating Matthew and Diana dynamic with a passionate new love story.” —Booklist