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 ...more
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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 ...more
"The touch we feel as a restraint when we are younger has a way of bringing us comfort later in our lives."
Deborah Harkness is a safe bet. Story in Time's Convert follows three separated storylines that author weaves skillfully together without interupting the flow of the story. It was a pleasure to read it and I enjoyed myself immensely. This book is definitely a must-read for all fans of All Souls Trilogy.
However, without knowledge of previous books you will be lost in the story and won't b ...more
Think about it: her vampires, at least those who belong to the de Clermont family tree, never age; are impossibly fit, no matter how much they eat (and they eat—and drink—anything and everything); are stunningly attractive and sensual; possess obscene wealth; boast genius-level IQs; and have all the attendant vampire superpowers, including super strength and speed and immunity to illness. They also get to sit around the kitchen table a lot an ...more
Initially I really enjoyed the first few chapters I read. I loved being bac ...more
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 ...more
1. Phoebe’s chapters.
It was fun watching her struggle with becoming a new vampire. We never got to see what this process was like before now and I had a good time reading it.
And, okay...her desperation for Marcus added some much needed sexual tension/spice in between the snooze fest chapters.
2. Diana, and only Diana, is in 1st person POV.
I positively loathe when authors write multiple books in a series stric ...more
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 ...more
The book felt like it was written by someone else, who didn't know the character backstories at all. This is labeled as a "Novel" and not as part of a saga, yet if you have not read the trilogy prior, you would be completely lost. There are references to places, people, situations and conversations mentioned in this book that occ ...more
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 ...more
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.
I am horrible about keeping up with new releases even when they are by authors I love. I currently only track three and I am lousy enough at it that my husband keeps track of two of the three for me. I live in this world where I float from book to boo ...more
Unfortunately I did not jive with the narrator. About 2 hours in I got so frustrated that I put the audiobook aside for a few weeks. I only picked it back up because I wanted to know what was going to happen with Marcus and Phoebe. It was her voices for some of the characters, they didn't match the tone (in my opinion).
I stuck with it and the story was a bit boring - I can't explain it but it didn't make my heart race of l ...more
I would happily drown in any story set in this universe, but with Marcus being a chara ...more
Time’s Convert has a very different emphasis to the Discovery of Witches trilogy. Whether you appreciate it or not, will depend on how you much you like Marcus and the domestic life of the Clermont-Bishops. We see Matthew Cl ...more
I came late to the All Souls books and have read them all in the last eight months or so, thoroughly enjoying the first three as a whole. I've liked Marcus throughout the books and I thought this book was about him and whilst he is in the fore, alongside Phoebe, it is more the Bishop/de Clairmonte families as a whole.
TIME'S CONVERT picked up where THE BOOK OF LIFE left off and that feeling of continuation was familiar and comforti ...more
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 sense of danger. I never really got tha ...more
Unlike the majority of Goodreads readers, I found the author’s All Soul’s Trilogy to be underwhelming and overrated, despite having a plot synopsis that rang several of my trigger bells. Comparing the author to Diana Gabaldon and Neil Gaiman is, shall we say, misleading.
I picked this one up under the impression that it is a stand alone novel. It is actually more of the same dull, passionless characters, except now you also have the tedium of parenting toddlers included. B ...more