Witches and vampires take on a literary bent with Deborah Harkness, who returns with Diana Bishop, Oxford scholar and reluctant witch, in Time’s Convert. If you missed the All Souls Trilogy introducing the cast of characters, Harkness thoughtfully brings you into the family with clever references as she tells the new story of what it takes to become a vampire.
Alternating between contemporary Paris and London, and the American colonies during the Revolutionary War, the story fills in the background of one of its main characters. Matthew de Clermont, now Diana’s husband, when he meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during the war. Matthew, a vampire, offers Marcus the opportunity for immortality and a new life. Marcus’s transformation is not an easy one and his newfound family often clashes with his inbred beliefs. In the present, Marcus’s fiancee is undergoing her own tranformation to becoming a vampire, and Diana is coping with her two year old twins who seem to have discovered their powers.
If you are a reader of magic, the supernatural, and romance, Time’s Convert will satisfy. And if you are a fan, Discovery of Witches has been filmed and showing in the UK, with Matthew Goode from Downton Abbey playing the handsome vampire. Not yet in the United States; maybe PBS will add it to its collection next year.
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