Time's Convert - Deborah Harkness

Time's Convert

By Deborah Harkness

  • Release Date: 2018-09-18
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
4 Score: 4 (From 676 Ratings)


From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches—now a hit TV series 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 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.


  • Interesting but not arresting

    By Velvetyrabbit
    I practically drank the first three books, I couldn’t put them down. Staying up until 2am to finish in one go. I was so excited to find out there was a fourth but found it haphazard in comparison. While the writer did pick some of my favorite characters to focus on in this book, the jumping around from character to character, time frame to time frame, location to location wasn’t as successful as in the other books. It was too much and yet I feel like little happened in the book. What I assumed would be the most interesting and pivotal part- Marcus’s time in New Orleans was glossed over in comparison to his time in France or his time in the American Revolutionary War. So that plot point just kinda landed with a thump instead of an explosion. I loved the mix of science and history in the other books and was looking forward to reading the same but I don’t think it was as successful here either. This reads like a first novel, where you developed ideas and characters not forth.
  • Times Covert

    By siatimo
  • Loved it!

    By QHShowgirl
    I can’t wait for Deborah Harkness’s next book!! Please write one about the kids as they are growing up and coming into their magic, and of course, Diana (as mega-tough, super witch!), and Mathew, as the super tough, 1,500 year old, protective Vampire papa! I’d also love to read a book about Phillipe and Yzabeau, and their love story, and the origin of the De Clermont family!!!! Thanks SO much for continuing to put out such great works of historical fiction!!
  • Time’s Convert

    By Haskiveinu
    Had to stop reading after 500+ pages. Seriously boring — seemed like nothing happened after all those pages.
  • Disappointing

    By SeaStella
    Loved Harkness’s other works, but Time’s Convert felt like the kind of book a serial fantasy or romance author rushes out to make a deadline. All fluff and no substance.
  • Meh

    By givemeallthebooks
    I loved the all souls trilogy. As soon as I could, I preordered this book. Unfortunately this book fell short for me. The trilogy was full of suspense and I would stay up late into the night turning pages. This book has very little suspense. It was nice to see how the Claremont’s are doing, especially the kids, but I didn’t get enough of anything. The book just plods along until it ends. I kept waiting for the excitement that never came. I was shocked when I looked down at the page numbers to see the book was almost done. Where was the exciting plot? Just Marcus and Phoebe deciding to mate for life? Boring!
  • Drivel

    By goeschei
    What was the point of that? Utterly devoid of a plot. Barely interesting. I couldn’t wait for it to be over. The first few books were entertaining but this puts the nail in the coffin. I won’t bother reading any others should she write them. Just awful.

    By D. Mama
    truthfully all of Ms. Deborah’s books have been fantastic! I was so thrilled to discover she’s continued the series beyond the first three books. I always thought that there is more to the “whole story”. Sure hope Gallowglass will meet his love. He’s missing from this book (sadly), but is mentioned. (He’s my favorite).. if you’re new to the series I would recommend reading from beginning; first, because the books are great and second, you’ll be lost otherwise.
  • Disappointed

    By Momdear
    This book by Deborah Harkness had no substance. I was looking forward to reading this book based on her previous offerings in the series. Don’t put yourself through the misery of reading this it.
  • Marcus & Phoebe’s tale, complete unto itself

    By Marina Ariadne
    After the first three, of course. I had to refresh my memory a bit via The World of All Souls—so easy to do electronically. History having been my favorite subject, I appreciated a closer view of historical persons. Due to moving back and forth between California and New Mexico, I managed to cover the history of the (western) world and of the US up to the Civil War three times, without learning anything new, save the history of New Mexico. I seem to be starved for detail, and thus continue to read history in fact and fiction. I would enjoy visiting Hôtel des/Les Révenants and Sept-Tours, for the architecture and gardens. I enjoyed Marcus’s backstory, and the fleshing out of some events from earlier books. Becoming a vampire looks incredibly arduous! If Phillip has a griffin, I can only wonder what Becca will acquire as a familiar. Looking forward to the next installment in this world.