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The Descent: Book Three of the Taker Trilogy [Kindle Edition]

Alma Katsu
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Book Description

Of all the universe’s forces, the most mysterious, confounding, and humbling is the power of love.

Alma Katsu’s acclaimed trilogy—a supernatural epic that began with The Taker and sparked a chase around the world in The Reckoning—comes to a stunning conclusion, and brings Lanore McIlvrae to a final encounter with Adair, her powerful nemesis. Dismayed by Adair’s otherworldly powers and afraid of his passionate temper, Lanore has run from him across time, even imprisoning him behind a wall for two centuries to save Jonathan, her eternal love. But instead of punishing her for her betrayal, Adair declared his love for Lanore once more and set her free.

Now, Lanore has tracked Adair to his mystical island home to ask for one last favor. The Queen of the Underworld is keeping Jonathan as her consort, and Lanore wants Adair to send her to the hereafter so that she may beg for his release. Will she honor her promise to return to Adair? Or is her true intention to be reunited with Jonathan at any cost?

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From Booklist

Katsu concludes her engrossing Taker trilogy (The Reckoning, 2012; The Taker, 2011) with this yarn, which finds immortal heroine Lanny haunted by dreams of the object of her obsession, Jonathan, in torment in the underworld. Distraught at the thought of Jonathan being tortured by the Queen of the Underworld for the rest of time, Lanny resolves to seek out dangerous, unpredictable Adair, who gave her the gift of eternal life. Lanny finds Adair is much changed from the brutal man who kept his followers virtually enslaved. He now lives on a remote Mediterranean island in a gigantic mansion with two young but decidedly mortal women. Lanny cautiously inserts herself into Adair’s life, and once she works up the courage to ask him to help her reach the underworld, she finds her feelings for him have blossomed into love. With a surprising twist that explains much of the mythology of the series, this thrilling conclusion is a can’t-miss entry for fans who have followed Lanny’s journey from 1800s New England to contemporary times. And it’s utterly impossible to put down. --Kristine Huntley


“Brilliant series”
(RT Book Reviews)

“More than a wee bit dark, and super sexy. . . "
(Cosmopolitan UK)

“Beautiful, mesmerizing.”
(Library Journal)

“A spellbinding journey through time.”
(New York Times bestselling author Danielle Trussoni)

Alma Katsu’s searing tale of otherworldly lovers and eternal obsession will seduce you from page one. . . . The Taker is as irresistible as the hauntingly beautiful, pleasure-seeking immortals who scorch its pages. You have to experience it for yourself!”
(#1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole)

“This is a greatbook. And by great, I mean, devastatingly so, like reading The ScarletLetter, while riding a roller coaster, on acid. Seductive, daring, soaring,and ultimately gut-wrenching. . . .”
(New York Times)

“Imaginative, wholly original. . . . Mesmerizing.”
(Booklist (starred review))

Product Details

  • File Size: 4238 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1846059305
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (January 7, 2014)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008J2BYTC
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Finale! January 2, 2014
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I am still in shock and in awe with this fantastic finale to the Immortal Trilogy. The unfold of the storyline was totally unexpected, without getting away from the main plot, Ms. Katsu proved once again her talent as a writer and story teller.
The story unfold in a way that will surprise you with the most unexpected turns and twists.

We've met a new Adair in each book, and this Adair is even more "godlike" that you can imagine. It is so hard to review this book without giving up spoilers of the plot... I'll do my best.

Let's begin saying is the culmination of a love story, is about the power of love, and how much we are willing to give up and sacrifice in order to be with the love one.
But is not a fairy tale either; this specific book it might seem like one, but if you have followed the story since book one, you know that is not the case. The main characters have gone thorough a journey of self discovery, and not an easy one. From romantic love, addictive relationships, abusive relationships, codependency, immortality, betrayal etc. Until they find true love, not without being hurt and not without paying a price.

One part of the book that touched me deeply, and made me meditate is when Lanore met Sophia in the underworld. Lanny felt guilty of Sophia's suicide, and Sophia tells her that she is giving too much credit to what she did. At the end, our ultimate fate is in our hands not in the hands of others, based on the decisions and choices we made.

This book like it's predecessors is about fantasy, magic, power, immortality, Love; but in this one we are also in touch with the underworld and the Gods. A fresh and romantic approach to Dante's Inferno and Greek Mythology. Never see that coming.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In a word? Brilliant January 7, 2014
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The Descent is the final book in author Alma Katsu’s The Taker Trilogy. After reading, and loving, the first two books I was beyond anxious to see how things would end for Lanny, Adair, Luke and Jonathan. Well, the ending was far better and more awe-filled than I ever could have imagined.

After being curiously spared from Adair’s wrath over his imprisonment, Lanny had lived the last four years peacefully with Luke. All was well until the nightmares began. Nightmares of Jonathan being tortured in the underworld. Lanny had been able to dismiss these for quite some time but now the dreams were more frequent and more violent. Fearing these dreams were Jonathan calling her subconscious for help, she knew she had to do something about it. Knowing full well there was only one person who could help her, she sets off to find that person. Adair. Her journey not only takes her to a secluded and remote island and to Adair’s home, but also to the underworld and to visits with many of the people and places that make up her past. The question remains, will she be able to find and help Jonathan before it’s too late or was this whole trip wasted effort?

I just finished this amazing book and I am still in awe over this series ending. I have had mixed emotions since the very first book between Jonathan and Adair and who, if either, were the right choice for Lanny. I was leaning heavily toward Adair but had a sneaking suspicion that he wasn’t to be trusted and that there were tricks hidden up his sleeve that would end up hurting Lanny. On the flip side, I was tired of Jonathan and his inability to love Lanny the way she had been longing for since, well, forever. Then there was Luke, the safe choice. I wanted to like him much more than I did, but he was just too vanilla for Lanny.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Came up a little short for me... January 15, 2014
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I was really looking forward to this last book coming out. The first two books were soo good, I thought for sure this trilogy would be way up on my favorites list, but I ended up being a bit disappointed. I would say The Descent was a good book overall, but after the first two I expected the same or better dynamic out of the last. It was a satisfying ending, had a nice bit of twist to it...the general feeling of the book as a whole was four star worthy...but it just didn't round out as well as I was hoping it would. It needed more, there were parts left unexplained to a point of bordering on pointless, parts seemingly building up to something that just kind of fizzled out. It's a shame, I was hoping to curl up and read this trilogy again down the road...not sure if I will or not. It's worth buying but I suppose my personal expectations were a bit higher this time around based on Ms. Katsu's previous work (she's got herself to blame for that one, wink).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Katsu has created the most unusual and dark characters yet she managed to make me fall in love with them all. Lanore or “Lanny” is such a complex woman. At times, she is selfish and others selfless. I enjoyed watching her grow throughout the series and understanding what she was and seeing her find happiness. Adair is a dark horse. Complicated, violent, insolent and yet Katsu exposes his vulnerabilities and desires. Through flashbacks, we get to know more about this strange complex man, and I thought it was brilliantly done. We see characters whom we met previously and Katsu manages to introduce a few new characters. I love that she fleshes them all out, and each adds depth to the tale. The interaction between Lanny and Adair was fascinating and intense. Their relationship is so complicated and to see it transform from darkness to light was spellbinding.

The Descent was decadent, and all of the questions and puzzle pieces fell into place. I love the direction that Katsu took with this final book. Her writing style is completely unique, and her words are like a melody that overcome me and pulls me into the story. The overall story arc of the series was well done. The darkest was The Taker, and I can remember setting it down a few times as if the words stung. It was dark and uncomfortable and yet I needed answers! The Reckoning shows us another side of Lanny and in the Descent we finally see her complete. Adair was a character I loathed from the beginning and skillfully Katsu peeled back his dark, rotten layers to reveal the man beneath. It was impressive. I could barely set this book down as the rest of the world slipped away. Fans of the series will be delighted. Copy received for honest review. Complete review originally published at caffeinated book reviewer
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars My favorite book in the trilogy
My favorite book in the trilogy, hands down. I love catabasis-themed stories. I really didn't like how the book condoned Adair's abusive behavior as a form of love, but at this... Read more
Published 2 months ago by starryvere
5.0 out of 5 stars Alma Katsu can write
Completed! Not anticlimatic or overly emotional. Perfect end! Alma Katsu can write.
Published 2 months ago by Cassandra (The Huge Anime Fan)
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it
Published 6 months ago by Debbie Jasmin
2.0 out of 5 stars My fears were realized
The first book was amazing, the second a little slower, and this one... let's just say I was disappointed. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Descent
Really like Alma Katsu books and this one followed right with the others. Never want them to end!
Published 7 months ago by Vicki L.
5.0 out of 5 stars incredible
Never read anything like this. Excellent writing. Profound storyline. The characters! Not until I was well into the last book of the trilogy did I begin to see where the story... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lea Ann Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this series!!
Published 9 months ago by phyllis
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.75 stars-not as dark or passionate as the previous two instalments
: 3.75 stars: THE DESCENT is the third and final instalment in Alma Katsu’s dark, paranormal, fantasy-esque The Taker Trilogy focusing on Lanore ‘Lanny’ McIlvrae-an immortal... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sandy S.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read Fantasy
I anticipated this book for weeks, waiting for my vacation to really soak it in. I am so glad I did. Read more
Published 11 months ago by krkatsu
5.0 out of 5 stars the Best book of the trilogy
A very amazing story twisted in three books. They caught my attention since the beginning.
A high recommended author. As good as Anne Rice.
Published 12 months ago by Daniela Brevigliero
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Read what people are saying about THE DESCENT, the final book in the Taker Trilogy:

"This isn't a vampire trilogy; it's something entirely new. It's smart, sophisticated, and utterly shocking; if you have delicate sensibilities, you may prefer not to pick up these books. But if you're an adventurous reader and enjoy beautiful writing and characters you can't even imagine, Katsu's trilogy is an absolute must read." -S. Krishna's Books

"Blows me away with the beauty and creativity of the world building...a masterful conclusion to what may be one of the best trilogies I've ever read." --Fresh Fiction

"With a surprising twist that explains much of the mythology of the series, this thrilling conclusion is a can't-miss entry for fans who have followed Lanny's journey from 1800s New England to contemporary times. And it's utterly impossible to put down." --Booklist

Ms. Katsu's writing has been compared to that of early Anne Rice and Shirley Jackson. A former intelligence analyst, she is a graduate of the writing program at Johns Hopkins University.

Selected Q&A from a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA):

Q: What was your inspiration for The Taker novels?

A: The Taker was inspired by all kinds of things, I think. At a basic level, I'd say it was inspired by Interview With The Vampire which, in my view, was a pretty groundbreaking work. I didn't consciously set out thinking I was going to write a book like it, but the upshot is that it has some similar characteristics--the present day frame over a long historical backstory, the main character's fatal attraction to the dark, etc.

The other inspiration, however, was that I wanted to write a sort-of anti-romance. There is a dark side to love. It can bring out the worst in people. Let's face it, most of us have probably done one stupid, mean thing over love (usually in our youth). If we're smart, we learn from it and quietly decide never to make that mistake again. The Taker is the story of a young woman who gets punished for loving unwisely--but that punishment, and her lesson, is on a much grander scale. In the end, she comes to understand the grand thing that love truly is, is tested and prevails, and is rewarded with a love the likes of which few people will ever have. If you like love stories, I think you will find this really different and (hopefully) really rewarding, and if you don't, well...

Writing that first book was really a challenge I set for myself. I wanted to see if I could create great characters. Yup, that was it. Characters that you couldn't forget, and a story that would haunt you after you finished reading it. I love big fat daring fiction. I didn't think I'd do it, certainly not the first time out of the box. And I absolutely didn't think it would ever be publishable. But I just wanted to try. That's why it ended up being such an unconventional book, I think.

Q: Was this "mix" of genres something you always wanted to do, or did you explore other things before realizing this is what you wanted to do?

A: I was kind of naive with The Taker. First of all, as I've mentioned, I wrote it because it was what I wanted to write, and I didn't think it would ever sell. I didn't think of it as cross-genre as I was writing it. I thought of it as literary fiction. It's definitely character-driven, as opposed to plot driven. But because of the genre elements, and the fact that it's pretty dark, there has been a reluctance for it to be seen as literary fiction.

Q: How do you go about the creative process, as in, what steps do you take to take an idea, and make a novel out of it. And how long does it usually take for you?

A. That's a great question. One of the hardest things for me to figure out, still being kind of new to thinking about writing as a business, is which ideas are worth investing a year or two to write and which don't have the emotional or intellectual heft to be viable. Add to that the fact that projects change once they get beyond a certain stage: your editor and/or agent will make suggestions (it's like a renovation project; you start to remodel the kitchen and suddenly you think, let's move this weight-bearing wall! It'll open the whole space up! and before you know it, it's twice as expensive and difficult as you originally envisioned.)

My first book, The Taker, took ten years to write. I was seized with the idea and the characters, and despite putting it aside many times to work on other projects, I couldn't stop thinking about it and hence, couldn't stop working on it. In some ways, that kind of crazy commitment makes it easy. What I'm finding is after you sign the contracts, it becomes less about relying on emotional energy to carry out a project than it does determination and treating it like a job. There will always be emotional ups and downs but if you rely on that to get a book written, you're toast (I think).
Regarding time, it takes me much longer than I'd like it to, and that's because I am still learning how to tell a story. It seems to get both harder and easier with every book. (I love a paradox!) Harder, because my expectations have risen. Easier, because if I'm lucky I learned something from the last one. I was on a book-a-year schedule, for the most part, for the contract, which in practical terms means you must complete a full manuscript in six months, and I think that's a bit rushed for me.

Q: Who were your first favorite authors, and which books do you remember falling in love with first?

A: I was a funny reader as a kid. I read adult books--Edgar Allen Poe, Shirley Jackson, Alexander Dumas. And fairy tales. One of my older sisters had a huge book of fairy tales. It had amazing full-page illustrations. There were some unusual fairy tales, too, not the usual ones. Both my sisters and I read that book so much that by the time we were adults, it was falling apart. We all loved the book, but the older sister kept it for herself. I didn't think I'd ever see it again until I found it in my in-laws' basement. My husband--who wasn't my husband yet--had never shown much interest in it when he was a boy, so it was in mint condition. I figured it was an omen that we were meant to be together. I joked that I married him to get my hands on that book.

Q: Do you intend to write in any other genres?

A: I would like to write a straight historical novel but we'll see... I also want to write a spy novel someday.

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