Sunday 3 February 2019

Book Review: Time's Convert by Deborah Harkness (Paranormal)

Title: Time's Convert
Author: Deborah Harkness

Publication Date: 2018
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Set in contemporary Paris and London, and the American colonies during the upheaval and unrest that exploded into the Revolutionary War, a sweeping story that braids together the past and present.

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 London, where Marcus has fallen for Phoebe Taylor, a young employee at Sotheby's. She decides to become a vampire, too, and though 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 in the modern world than they were in the 18th 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 for change, Time's Convert will delight fans of the All Souls trilogy and all readers of magic, the supernatural, and romance.

Time's Convert is an engaging read, set in the world of the All Souls trilogy. I have to say, the book was a little different from what I'd expected. Instead of solely focusing on Marcus, it encompassed his tale into a narrative that also included Matthew and Diana, picking up shortly after the original trilogy left off. On the one hand I liked this, since I love Matthew and Diana. However, as we weren't exclusively with Marcus, I didn't feel as connected to him as I would have liked, especially with Diana's narrative still in first person and his only in third, which was more distancing. But that's a minor gripe as I still found this a hugely enjoyable read--not least since parts were set in my favourite 18th century--and it was a hard task to put it down and turn out the light each evening. I know Harkness has more of these spin-off stories planned, and I look forward to reading them. 4.5 stars rounded up to five.

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