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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Book Review: Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness + giveaway

Time’s Convert 
by Deborah Harkness
September 18, 2018
Pages: 446

Publisher: Viking
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.

After 4 years, Deborah Harkness returns with a new book; Time’s Convert, which tells the story of Marcus’s life, both before he became a vampire and now. Marcus was born in the 1700’s and grew up in New Haven. Phoebe has decided to become a vampire and Marcus’s mate. The process and challenges that she will face, are no different than what Marcus faced so very long ago.

Harkness’s writing is superb and elegant. The words come to life on the pages, filling your imagination with the next chapter in the world of witches and vampires. Marcus’s life has been complicated from the beginning and to get to learn his story as a solder, then a doctor and so much more was a delight. The process that Phoebe endures to become a vampire and to grow as one was both surprising and interesting.

Diana and Matthew’s children round out this wonderful tale with how children that are born from the mating of a vampire and a witch can surprise even the oldest of creatures. I hope the next story to be told will be the lives of these two wonderful characters who are the same yet different.

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Denise B

About the Author:
Deborah Harkness is the number one New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night. A history professor at the University of Southern California, Harkness has received Fulbright, Guggenheim, and National Humanities Center fellowships. Her publications include works on the history of science, magic, and alchemy. Her most recent scholarly book is The Jewel House: Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution. She lives in Los Angeles.

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