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The Reckoning: Book Two of the Taker Trilogy [Kindle Edition]

Alma Katsu
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Book Description


Lanore McIlvrae is the kind of woman who will do anything for love. Including imprisoning the man who loves her behind a wall of brick and stone.

She had no choice but to entomb Adair, her nemesis, to save Jonathan, the boy she grew up with in a remote Maine town in the early 1800s and the man she thought she would be with forever. But Adair had other plans for her. He used his mysterious, otherworldly powers to give her eternal life, but Lanore learned too late that there was a price for this gift: to spend eternity with him. And though he is handsome and charming, behind Adair’s seductive façade is the stuff of nightmares. He is a monster in the flesh, and he wants Lanore to love him for all of time.

Now, two hundred years after imprisoning Adair, Lanore is trying to atone for her sins. She has given away the treasures she’s collected over her many lifetimes in order to purge her past and clear the way for a future with her new lover, Luke Findley. But, while viewing these items at an exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Lanore suddenly is aware that the thing she’s been dreading for two hundred years has caught up to her: Adair has escaped from his prison. He’s free— and he will come looking for her. And she has no idea how she will save herself.

With the stunningly imaginative storytelling and rich characterizations that fascinated readers worldwide and made The Taker a singular and memorable literary debut and an international sensation, Alma Katsu once again delivers “a powerful evocation of the dark side of romantic love” (Publishers Weekly) in her breathtaking new novel.

Editorial Reviews


"Top Pick! A tragic otherworldly tale of lovers, Katsu's brilliant series second will utterly enchant you. The story is told in such a distinctive voice, you won't be able to stop thinking about it. The characters will delight you, horrify you and instill hope, but all are created with many layers of humanity as they grown and change through the ages. It's one of this reviewer's favorites so far this year."--Terri Dukes, RT Magazine

"Katsu's seductive second book in her supernatural thriller trilogy picks up where her well-received debut, The Taker (2011), left off."--Publishers Weekly 

From the Inside Flap

New York Times bestselling author Scott Westerfeld (Leviathan) praises Alma Katsu's The Taker as, "a centuries-spanning epic that will keep you turning pages all night. This marvelous debut is a thinking person's guilty pleasure." And Keith Donohue (The Stolen Child) says, "The Taker is a frighteningly compelling story about those most human monsters--desire and obsession. It will curl your hair and keep you up late at night."
     Now Alma Katsu delivers the highly anticipated follow-up to her haunting novel about an immortal woman learning firsthand that the heart wants what the heart matter how high the stakes. Fans of The Taker can finally indulge in their next juicy fix with the second book of the trilogy, The Reckoning. In this gripping, pulse-pounding supernatural sequel, discover what happens to Lanny, Luke, Adair--and Jonathan. The Reckoning picks up where The Takerleaves off, following Lanny on her path to redemption--and creating a whole new level of suspense.

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  • File Size: 1634 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1451651805
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Reprint edition (June 19, 2012)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0061Q5LO2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,919 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
First Impressions: Last year, I requested to review The Taker by Alma Katsu, a novel I didn't hear much about, but I was intrigued by the book synopsis and let's face it, I like to read books other people seem to pass by. When I sat down to read The Taker, I was completely blown away and I have read it several times since. Each time I read Alma's book, I find something new that I didn't notice before. Details are everything, folks! And Alma knows how to write a darn good story. Without any hesitation, Mrs. Katsu is my favorite modern day writer, right up at the top of my list with Anne Rice. For those who have read The Taker and have read any books written by Anne Rice, can you imagine just for a second what these two authors could do if they collaborated? Someone needs to make that happen stat!

For the people who have not yet read The Taker, I'm going to be quite frank. Read it. You will love it. The debut author who thanked me graciously for taking my time to read her book and for giving her book a voice on my blog, is now a bestselling author on Amazon! Good things come to good people! I foresee things only becoming bigger and brighter for Alma, especially with the release of The Reckoning, the second book in The Taker Trilogy.

I dare say I was thrilled and beyond enthusiastic to read and review The Reckoning.

First 50 Pages: In my original review of The Taker, I mentioned that I felt like I was reading an Anne Rice novel (but without all of the vampires) and that Alma's writing style is exquisite. The same holds true for how well done The Reckoning was written. It has an effortless (although, I'm sure it wasn't!) and easy, yet complex, multi-dimensional ring to it. One of the finer points of Alma's writing is how she handles the details in the imagery used.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
For many The Taker, the first book in The Taker Trilogy, not only introduced but also swept them up into the world of some alarmingly deprived Immortals. The Reckoning has quite the few shocks and unexpected reveals. We had lastly left off in The Taker with Lanore (Lanny) having imprisoned Adair the person who gifted her with Immortility itself. Lanore had also just met Luke , a doctor, who felt a certain connection to her and she and Luke seemed rather happy together. Now in The Reckoning, by mere chance Adair is released from his prison. Years have passed and though Lanore felt she made a good choice by entrapping Adair she never feels at ease after her decision. Lanore forever lives in fear of having committed her betrayal. She'll finally get to let go of her fear of Adair ever escaping since he finally does escape! Adair is back with a vengeance. You really get to see how he struggles to accept his new surroundings considering he's in the modern world and not in older times where he feels more in control. Adair comes of as vulnerable in The Reckoning which is a contrast to how he always felt self-assured in The Taker. Adair's fury toward Lanore's betrayal on most ocassions can be seen as conflicted since he loved her and as readers will see is that taking over Jonathan's body in the past which led to Lanore imprisoning him was because he simply wanted to please her. Adair throughout The Reckoning has an intense love/hate relationship toward Lanore.

Alma Katsu delivers once again with her suspenseful story of longing. For those of you who wanted to see more of Jonathan the beautiful man that so captivated Lanore for many centuries and many other women as well than you should be happy to know that he will be making an appearance. He wont be the same as he was!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Second in a trilogy June 25, 2012
Alma Katsu's latest release - The Reckoning - is the second book of The Taker Trilogy. I read and reviewed the first in the series - The Taker - last year and enjoyed. I was curious to see where Katsu would take her characters in the second installment.

As a quick background... "In 1817 Lanny was sent to Boston to give birth to her illegitimate child. But she never made it as far as the convent. Instead she fell in with Count Adair and his household. Adair is a centuries old alchemist with the ability to bind his minions to him for life - never aging and never dying."

The Reckoning picks up the story a few months after The Taker left off, in the present day. Lanny has run away with Luke, a mortal, starting yet another new life. But their calm is about to be shattered - Adair is on the hunt to reclaim Lanny. Lanny has spent much of the last 200 years trying to escape from her past. The book treats us to many of her memories as she explores her life and determines the choices she's going to have to make in this time. I enjoyed these flashbacks and their historical detail as much or more than the present day story.

The Taker set up the characters, the settings and the story for Katsu's trilogy. The sense of urgency and action, although present, is not as prevalent in The Reckoning. Instead, this second entry deals more with emotions - wants, needs, desires and love. Adair is given a depth not seen in The Taker.

The Reckoning is outside of the genres I normally read but had no problem holding my interest as a story. I am pragmatic by nature though, so I found myself unable to swoon with Lanny as she determines who she wants to spend her eternity with. Readers who lose themselves in a character will enjoy Lanny.
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1.0 out of 5 stars big mistake
Didn't liked this book not my kind of subject must have been a mistake because I am not very good at using this ipad
Published 1 month ago by David H. Lincoln Senior Rabbi Park Avenue Synagogue New York New York
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book
This is a page turner. I cannot wait for book three to arrive. well written. great follow up to book one.
Published 2 months ago by Jeanette R. Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm
Much slower than the first book though still managed to hold my interest... I have this sinking feeling that the first book was the crowning glory and it's all downhill from there. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars It was slightly boring at times
After reading the first book of the trilogy, I was eager to read this one. One of the main characters had a total personality shift as the story progressed. Read more
Published 3 months ago by TPM
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Published 3 months ago by Diego
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
was a good book
Published 5 months ago by Lily Mousel
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
Not as good as book 1 but a decent follow up. Looking forward to see how book 3 sorts everything.
Published 6 months ago by Lillian Dickey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series.
This whole series is a wonderful read, full of twists and turns to keep you on edge. I hope there is a forth book in this series.
Published 9 months ago by Jackie Penland
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Published 10 months ago by Ria Jay
4.0 out of 5 stars Eternal Fantasy
While I liked this story, I started reading as I do most, and was on edge not knowing right away who we're the "good" and"bad" guys. Read more
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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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