Time's Convert: A Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
From the number one New York Times best-selling author of A Discovery of Witches - now a hit TV series on AMC and BBC America and streaming on Sundance Now and Shudder - the fourth novel in the All Souls series. What does it truly take 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 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 not just for change but for revolution. Time's Convert, the fourth book in the All Souls series, channels the supernatural world-building and slow-burning romance that made the previous books instant best sellers to illuminate a new and vital moment in history, and a love affair that will bridge centuries.
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|Listening Length||15 hours and 46 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||September 18 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #4,059 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#58 in Paranormal Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#67 in Fantasy Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#296 in Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
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On all of those points, Time’s Convert delivered.
In every other way, it fell flat for me. The glimpses into Marcus’s past read like diary entries. Likening the new vampire Phoebe to an infant and toddler just felt condescending. The most engaging parts for me were getting to know Rebecca and Philip and seeing how Matthew and Diana were dealing with the emerging talents and personalities of their vampire-witch twins. That was nice and all, but given that this book was supposed to focused on Marcus...well, it says something, no? More than once, Diana reflects that she felt like something bad was coming. It kept giving me hopes that this story was going to get exciting.
The three perspectives were not cohesive. The transitions felt forced. The characters would have been better served if all three perspectives were individual novellas, and a little more fleshed out. They didn’t really fit together in the same novel, and it all felt kind of rushed.
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Reading about Marcus' growing up and becoming involved in the Revolutions in America and France was interesting enough. I loved reading about Diana and Matthew and their children. The transition of Phoebe - a minor character introduced in the later part of the Trilogy - was interesting too. But the whole thing felt a bit like it could have been a novella to support the main stories. It was almost like reading a biography of one of the secondary characters and while I love Marcus, I'm not sure he really merited such a weighty tome as his story doesn't provide any revelations that will be taken forward to the next books. Nothing really happened in this book generally to drive the story forward. Characters from previous books wandered in, presumably to be name-checked for fans to recognise - and then did nothing very much at all. A sudden memory of Diana's about her past flared up, hinting at her developing deepening understandings of herself and her power - and then quietly evaporated. Ongoing troubles between vampire clans needing input from the Congregation were mentioned early on - and went nowhere. The only real sense of drama came from the children of Diana and Matthew.
In terms of a history lesson it was thorough, plenty of mention of known historical characters given flesh by placing them as part of the story, and plenty information about early modern medicine. I adored Apollo and Uncle Baldwin, and can't wait to find out more about the childrens' powers. I enjoyed finding out more about the birth and baby-steps of a new vampire. I'll definitely read again and I think that knowing what to expect (and what not to expect) will probably increase my enjoyment. It's an enjoyable, easy read, but nothing to get the heart pumping.
I downloaded this book in both the Kindle and audiobook formats, as this gave me the option to either read or listen to it. Saskia Maarlveld narrates the audiobook. Her voice and pacing are excellent, and I enjoyed listening to her bring the characters to life. I would consider listening to other books read by her in the future.
This story is an addition to the All Souls world created by Deborah Harkness and follows the life, death, and rebirth of Marcus Whitmore on the eve of Phoebe's transformation into a vampire. The book, told through several points of view, mostly Marcus's, Diana's and Phoebe's, takes the reader on a journey of endings and new beginnings.
Several characters from the All Souls world make an appearance; Matthew, Diana, their twins, Phillipe and Rebecca, Isabeau, Marthe, Miriam, Phoebe, and Marcus (to name a few). I also enjoyed meeting Freya, one of Phillipe's daughters. She plays a crucial role in the tale as Phoebe's guide through her transformation from human to vampire.
While Phoebe adjusts to her new life as a vampire in today's world, Marcus takes us back in time to his life during the American Revolution and his transformation at the hands of Matthew into the vampire he is today. I became so absorbed in the tale that it felt like I walked alongside the characters, watching events unfold. Not being an American, I am fascinated by the history of that country and the people in it, as well as the country it is today. The author, being a historian, has brought the past to life for me and I am grateful to her for the peek into a bygone era. Marcus's life is not an easy one and contrasts with Phoebe's upbringing. However, these two characters have love on their side, and I enjoyed watching their relationship develop and deepen as the story unfolded.
I reached the end of the book with mixed emotions; sad that the book ended, but glad at how it ended. I am now looking forward to reading more books from the All Souls universe, as there are more than a few characters I would like to know more about next.
Deborah Harkness has written a fantastic tale in the All Souls universe. She has created a world where humans, witches, daemons and vampires all live in an uneasy alliance. I love her writing style, which is fast-paced and exciting, and the story flowed beautifully!
I am looking forward to reading more of her books in the future.
I highly recommend this book if you love your stories to be full of witches, daemons and vampires, or if you love paranormal romance or urban fantasy genres. - Lynn Worton
I understand it must be hard to keep up the standard of her excellent trilogy but I'm hoping this is just a blip, and that another real page-turner is underway.