Time's Convert

A novel

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.
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"Harkness brings her keen historian's eye to the American and French revolutions, drawing parallels between the two periods through not only the vampire witnesses to history but the appearances of historical figures: the Marquis de Lafayette, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Paine."
-Los Angeles Times

"In Time's Convert, Deborah Harkness, the author of A Discovery Of Witches, spins a tale of life-ever-after, romance, and family drama, and it is gloriously entertaining."

"This vampire book is set during the American Revolution, when a young man named Marcus MacNeil is offered a chance to escape his puritan upbringing (boring!) and become immortal (fun!). From the bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches."
-New York Post

"Ever wonder what it really takes to be a vampire? Let Deborah Harkness, New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches, give you a taste in her latest novel . . . a passionate love story."

"Effortlessly sweeping across time and continents . . . Harkness replaces the captivating Matthew and Diana dynamic with a passionate new love story."

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    12 May
    On her last night as a warmblood, Phoebe Taylor had been a good daughter.
    Freyja had insisted upon it.
    "Let's not make a fuss," Phoebe had protested, as though she was just going on holiday for a few days, hoping to get away with a casual farewell at the hotel where her family was staying.
    "Absolutely not," Freyja said, looking down her long nose. "De Clermonts do not skulk around-unless they are Matthew, of course. We shall do this properly. Over dinner. It is your duty."
    The evening party Freyja put on for the Taylors was simple, elegant, and perfect-right down to the weather (a flawless example of May), the music (could every vampire in Paris play the cello?), the flowers (enough Mme. Hardy roses had been brought in from the garden to perfume the entire city), and the wine (Freyja was fond of Cristal).
    Phoebe's father, mother, and sister showed up at half past eight as requested. Her father was in black tie; her mother in a turquoise and gold lehenga choli; Stella was in head-to-toe Chanel. Phoebe wore unrelieved black with the emerald earrings Marcus had given her before he left Paris, along with a pair of sky-high heels of which she-and Marcus-was particularly fond.
    The assembled group of warmbloods and vampire first had drinks in the garden behind Freyja's sumptuous house in the 8th arrondissement-a private Eden the likes of which had not been carved out of space-starved Paris for over a century. The Taylor family was accustomed to palatial surroundings-Phoebe's father was a career diplomat and her mother came from the kind of Indian family that had married into the British civil service since the days of the Raj-but de Clermont privilege was on an entirely different scale.
    They sat down to dinner at a table set with crystal and china, in a room with tall windows that let in the summer light and overlooked the garden. Charles, the laconic chef whom the de Clermonts employed in their Parisian homes when warmbloods were invited to dine, was fond of Phoebe and had spared no effort or expense.
    "Raw oysters are a sign that God loves vampires and wants them to be happy," Freyja announced, raising her glass at the beginning of the meal. She was, Phoebe noticed, using the word "vampire" as liberally as possible, as though sheer repetition might normalize what Phoebe was about to do. "To Phoebe. Happiness and long life."
    Following that toast, her family had little appetite. Aware that this was her last proper meal, Phoebe nevertheless found it difficult to swallow. She forced down the oysters, and the champagne that accompanied it, and picked at the rest of the feast. Freyja kept up a lively conversation throughout the hors d'oeuvres, the soup, the fish, the duck, and the sweets ("Your last chance, Phoebe, darling!"), switching from French to English to Hindi between sips of wine.
    "No, Edward, I don't believe there is anyplace I haven't been. Do you know, I think my father might have been the original diplomat?" Freyja used this startling announcement to draw out Phoebe's circumspect father about his early days in the Queen's service.
    Whether or not Freyja's historical judgment was accurate, Philippe de Clermont had clearly taught his daughter a thing or two about smoothing over conversational rough edges.
    "Richard Mayhew, you say? I believe I knew him. Françoise, didn't I know a Richard Mayhew when we were in India?"
    The sharp-eyed servant had mysteriously appeared the moment her mistress required her, tuned in to some vampiric frequency inaudible to mere mortals.
    "Probably." Françoise was a woman of few words, but each one conveyed layers of meaning.
    "Yes, I think I did know him. Tall?
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 448
Erscheinungsdatum 25.09.2018
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-525-56134-7
Verlag Penguin LCC US
Maße (L/B/H) 22,8/15,3/3,2 cm
Gewicht 542 g
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