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Author: Deborah Harkness
Part of All Soul’s Trilogy Series
Goodreads Synopsis: “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.”
Review: So here’s the thing, I didn’t really buy this book because of Marcus or Phoebe, I bought the book in hopes of having chapters on Diana and Matthew and spoiler there are! They were my favorite chapters too, I didn’t want that story line to end and it didn’t so thank you Deborah Harkness for including them so many times in this story.
However, I found Marcus’ and Phoebe’s story a little dull at times, I actually had a really hard time getting into this book — hi instagram post. It wasn’t necessarily the characters but their story. I can really truly appreciate the amount of research Harkness had to do to give a story about Marcus before he was a Vampire during the Revolutionary War but it might have been Marcus himself that I didn’t find interesting in that point of the story. I also wasn’t a huge fan of the jumping back and forth between to present day Marcus, past Marcus, present day Phoebe, present day Matthew and Diana. It was just a little too much for me. While I wasn’t a fan of that, I was a fan of the growth Phoebe, Matthew and Marcus showed by the end of the story.
In a way, I wish the stories about Matthew and Diana had been in a novella and if they had I would tell you to go out and buy this story right now. But since it wasn’t, I can’t commit to recommending this one unfortunately. Unless you really like Marcus and Phoebe in the All Soul’s Trilogy.
Overall Rating: 3/5 stars