Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness

Please raise a hand if you haven’t read the All Soul’s Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. Ok, now for those who haven’t read this incredible, outstanding trilogy, you need to read it, like yesterday. If you’re interested in reading my review for the trilogy you can do so here, there is a warning at the end that there are a bit of spoilers regarding the final book in the trilogy so be sure not to read that part if you don’t want to be spoiled.

When I began reading A Discovery of Witches in June 2011, I was completely enraptured by the story. My entire summer became consumed with Matthew and Diana, I even have a Pinterest board dedicated to the series. Can you imagine Richard Armitage as Matthew? Swooooooon. When I read that Harkness was writing a spin-off series? Stand alone? All about Matthew’s son, Marcus Whitmore, I screamed in excitement.

Time’s Convert isn’t a simple spin-off/standalone though, it really is so much more. Harkness gave us, the readers, the knowledge we craved and not to mention missed. We got to read about how Rebecca and Philip were getting on, what was happening with the de Clermonts, the congregation, and the Bishop women.

Time’s Convert actually differs a lot from the trilogy. For starters, the novel’s point of view switches between three characters and three stories – though united, are separate in their own pleasing way.

The first POV is that of Phoebe, Marcus’ finance. Her POV is all about the process of becoming a vampire from rebirth, infancy, teenager and eventual adult. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to become a vampire in the All Souls universe, it’s intriguing. The second is Diana Bishop, hers is quite interesting as well since we get to catch up with her, Matthew and their twins. Lastly, Marcus, since the book centralizes around Marcus and Phoebe we mostly get his POV as he tells his story to Diana.

Spoilers Ahead!!

I was *slightly* disappointed but not enough to be put off from reading the series. I think it was definitely a bit slow but it did pick up as the story progressed. I couldn’t help but be underwhelmed with Marcus’ story of New Orleans. I had anticipated it was something of that nature but when he finally divulged that part of his life, it wasn’t mind altering. It didn’t shatter the glass ceiling as when Diana finally learned why her parents spellbound her. That moment was haunting and exciting.  Finding out her father had time-walked and enchanted Ashmole 782 so that only Diana could call it up – mind-blowing.

Occasionally I’m not in the right state of mind when I pick up novels so now that I am on an All Souls kick I plan to pick it up after I finish the trilogy on Audible. Maybe it will be available on Audiobook by then, fingers crossed!

I’m thrilled that Harkness gave us this story, I love that I got to catch up with so many of my favorite characters and maybe I’m asking a bit much… its not that I didn’t want Marcus’ story (because I did!) but I desperately want to know more about Ysbeau and Baldwin. I would have appreciated a book about one of them more so because I just really want their backstories. We don’t know much about either of them so the mystery is alive and thriving. Does Baldwin have a mate? Has he ever mated?

Speaking of these backstories, I need to add that I’m thrilled Harkness gave us a lot of backstory on Miriam in Time’s Convert. She was also one of those minor characters the readers were left wondering about. With her siring Phoebe though, we are able to form a picture of her.

All in all, it was good and I would read it again. I hope Harkness continues to give her readers more glimpses into the All Souls universe.


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