Sunday, January 27, 2019
13. Time's Convert by Deborah Harkness
read by Saskia Maarleveld
unabridged audio: 15:46
Adult Fantasy/Historical Fiction
Goodreads rating: 3.89 - 12,147 ratings
My rating: 4.5
Setting: (see my notes)
First line/s: "On her last night as a warmblood, Phoebe Taylor had been a good daughter."
My comments: This story was written so magically and brilliantly that I'm left quite star-struck. Deborah Harkness has the same kind of storytelling abilities as J. K. Rowling, who frequently leaves me in awe. Where do these stories and the way they are intertwined come from? Such a gift! Flipping back and forth from contemporary France to historical America, Paris, and London of 1770 through the beginning of the 19th century, we follow favorite characters from the Discovery of Witches series, particularly Marcus, Miriam, and Diana and Matthew and their toddler twins. So much history is detailed, especially the American and French Revolutions. Yes, it was a little slow during the French Revolution, but the details of being "reborn" were a blast! I learned a lot of American History. And I was mesmerized. Such wonderful storytelling!
Goodreads synopsis: 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.