I hate that I have to write this DNF review. I ADORED the All Souls trilogy, and I was so excited when Deborah Harkness was writing another book set in the same world. Now, I knew I wasn’t going to be as into it. It was following a character I never cared that much about. But I had hoped that I would have been able to finish it at least!
Time's Convert by Deborah Harkness
Published by Viking on September 18, 2018
Genres: Historical Fiction, Fantasy
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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 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.
Why I Couldn’t Finish Time’s Convert:
I started off quite excited about Time’s Convert. I was really interested in the relationship between Marcus and Phoebe – especially the transition that Phoebe was making and the little details we were learning about how someone is turned into a vampire.
When it included chapters revolving around Matthew and Diana I was even more ecstatic (I wasn’t expecting any)! Re-visiting my favorite fictional family? Yes, please. Ultimately I think it was those chapters that ruined me.
Because then every lengthy chapter involving Marcus’ past really just involved me wanting to go back to Matthew and Diana. Especially when it discussed Marcus’ role during war: YAWN. I do not think I could have cared less about the war chapters. They were so painful for me to get through. There was no amount of caring about Marcus that could have gotten me through them.
And so ultimately, that was when I decided to stop reading. I DNF’d Time’s Convert 25% through and right now I don’t plan on picking it up again any time soon.
I wouldn’t discourage anyone who enjoyed the books from reading this, but definitely be prepared for war historical fiction (…which is by far my least favorite type of historical fiction).