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Time's Convert

(All Souls Universe #1)

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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  23,756 ratings  ·  2,712 reviews
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
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Paperback, 448 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Penguin Books (first published September 18th 2018)
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Susan R. Yes, Theresa, you should definitely read the All Souls Trilogy first! Aside from giving background on the characters in Time's Convert, they are…moreYes, Theresa, you should definitely read the All Souls Trilogy first! Aside from giving background on the characters in Time's Convert, they are terrific books and not to be missed. Go to Deborah Harkness' website and look for the link to the reading calendar for A Discovery of Witches. It starts on September 18.(less)
Anne After reading the horrible reviews on Audible, I opted for the hardcover version from the library. I really hate it when they change narrators in a…moreAfter reading the horrible reviews on Audible, I opted for the hardcover version from the library. I really hate it when they change narrators in a series.(less)

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Ashley
Jul 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Leigh Kramer
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
“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
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Sean Gibson
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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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
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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• Lindsey Dahling •
This was painfully dull. There are only two things that kept this from a 1-star rating:

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
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Renee
I think it's safe to call this one of my highly-anticipated reads of 2018! I mean, hello...Marcus!!!!
Suzanne
Sep 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magical, fiction
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
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
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Sarah
Jun 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thinking that I was reading more of a history lesson than a fictional novel, I felt that this book failed to deliver on everything I had expected. Following Marcus’s background in intense detail, we are given scattering episodes of Diana, Matthew and her growing twins; and a little bit more of a focus on Phoebe, as she transcends from human to vampire. This book was not what I was hoping for and I think Harkness has taken the trilogy just one step too far.

For fans out there of this trilogy, we
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Kat, lover of bears...
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
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Tracy
Oct 03, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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Nicolette (FallingOverBooks)
I found Marcus' flashback chapters kinda boring but overall I really enjoyed being back in this world with all the characters.
Bradley
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Picking this book up is like coming home. Truly, we get lots of character goodies in this. Diana and Matthew and their precocious kids, for one, but it's the whole Clermont clan that shines.

In particular, this novel is REALLY about Phoebe and Marcus. And the American Revolution. And the French Revolution.

And the best part is, I don't have to use much imagination. We get ALL of Marcus's history! And we get to see baby Phoebe as a new vamp. :)

My favorite parts are all in the past, however. Marcus
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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 ...more
Attica Musings
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Amanda NEVER MANDY
Matthew’s son Marcus has found love and wants to make it official but it requires bringing his chosen one to the vampire side. The complications of this experience plus all the memories from his past it stirs up may be more than they can all bear.

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
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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
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Liz Barnsley
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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 ...more
Michelle
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A slow start but once it got going it was like visiting old friends.
Jess
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
BE STILL MY BEATING HEART read it for Le Bébé the cutie pie revolutionist !!!!
April
Feb 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To say that I am excited for this book is an understatement.
Christine
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Molly Mortensen
As a story, it was decent, but as a romance it failed miserably. We missed Marcus and Phoebe falling in love (with the exception of the first meeting in book 3 of All Souls) and they were barely together. (Like 6% of the whole book!)

I dreaded the flashbacks at first, then they became my favorite part, then I disliked them again. Marcus had promise as a character in past books, but between his depression in the present and his foolishness in the past, I was just annoyed with him.

Rant warning:
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Bookphenomena (Micky)
Review is up on the blog here.

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 comforting. The twins were important in this
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