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Time's Convert

(All Souls Trilogy)

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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  16,481 ratings  ·  2,016 reviews
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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Hardcover, 436 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Viking
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Ashley
Jul 02, 2018 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Leigh Kramer
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
“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
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Lucia
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
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Sean Gibson
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Deborah Harkness has created a new genre: luxury porn.

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
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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
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Stacee
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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M W
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
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.

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Renee
Feb 05, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I think it's safe to call this one of my highly-anticipated reads of 2018! I mean, hello...Marcus!!!!
Moira
Feb 06, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Suzanne
Sep 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, magical
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 ...more
Melinda Sabo
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
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
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Nicolette (FallingOverBooks)
I found Marcus' flashback chapters kinda boring but overall I really enjoyed being back in this world with all the characters.
Kat
I was over the moon excited when I found that the All Souls Trilogy had a "spinoff" featuring Marcus and Phoebe. A quarter of the way into the book, my excitement ended.

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
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Tracy
Oct 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up-on
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
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Attica Musings
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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!
Teresa
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
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.
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 ...more
Liz Barnsley
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Positively brilliant. A richly woven story with huge magical heart. Loved it. Full review to follow.
Siobhan
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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April
Feb 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To say that I am excited for this book is an understatement.
Jess
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
BE STILL MY BEATING HEART read it for Le Bébé the cutie pie revolutionist !!!!
Sharyl
This is a sequel to the All Souls Trilogy, which I enjoyed immensely. Time's Convert was good, but...not as good. Don't get me wrong, though, it was still candy to me, and I'm still impressed with the pacing and the fact that she's obviously done her historical research. There were some parts that flirted too long with being silly and corny, and also some words that were overused, in my opinion. Mostly, it was an interesting look at Marcus's prior life and his chosen mate's decision to be with h ...more
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
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 sense of danger. I never really got tha
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Cher
2 stars - Meh. Just ok.

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
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Christine
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
For anyone that little bit obsessed with A Discovery of Witches, Time’s Convert is an essential read. I include myself in that. I love the weaving of fantasy and history. I wanted that little bit more of Diana, Matthew and the world of Deborah Harkness. Pure magical escapism.

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
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Kristyna MacKinnon
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Joan
Sep 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: All Soul's fans. I'm not so sure this works as a standalone.
More of a 3.5. I'm rather disappointed. This meandered a good bit. This is superficially the story of Phoebe's rebirth as a vampire. But it is also about Diana's growth as a mother and learning to put limits on those who would threaten her kids, even if they are important people and discovering more about her kids' abilities. Mostly it is the back story of Marcus. While I found myself engrossed at many times, I also found myself not following parts of it well. I suspect I'm not the only one who ...more
Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)
I listened to the audio thanks to Penguin Random House Audio - thank you!

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
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Jiyoung
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, not-bad
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?!

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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
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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.
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