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The Taker: Book One of the Taker Trilogy Mass Market Paperback – February 26, 2013

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Book 1 of 3 in the Taker Trilogy Series

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Editorial Reviews

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“Readers won’t be able to tear their eyes away from Katsu’s mesmerizing tale.” —Starred Booklist

"Alchemy and love prove a volatile mix in Katsu's vividly imagined first novel ... Katsu shows considerable skill in rendering a world where Adair's unspeakable evilness and Lanny's wild passion make the supernatural seem possible. The result is a novel full of surprises and a powerful evocation of the dark side of romantic love." Publishers Weekly

“Alma Katsu’s 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.” —Keith Donohue, bestselling author of The Stolen Child

Alma Katsu’s searing tale of otherworldly lovers and eternal obsession will seduce you from page one. With its elegant prose and riveting plot, The Taker is as irresistible as the hauntingly beautiful, pleasure-seeking immortals who scorch its pages. A wicked, sensuous, shattering love story that I can’t recommend enough. You have to experience it for yourself!” —Kresley Cole, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Alma Katsu's debut takes the reader on a spell-binding journey through time. This sensual tale of star-crossed love, betrayal and redemption is a rare and addictive treat. Pleasurable from page one." —Danielle Trussoni, New York Times bestselling author of Angelology

The Taker is a sexy, dark romance. Alma Katsu’s tale of immortality and unrequited love covers hundreds of years but never strays from this question: What price are we willing to pay to completely possess another?” —Alexi Zentner, author of Touch

“A centuries-spanning epic that will keep you turning pages all night. This marvelous debut is a thinking person’s guilty pleasure.” —Scott Westerfeld, New York Times bestselling author of Leviathan

“Alma Katsu’s addictive tale of immortal love is brutal, wrenching, and ultimately moving. Gothic and richly detailed, The Taker it is an astonishing good read.” Meg Waite Clayton, bestselling author of The Wednesday Sisters

“This is a great book. And by great, I mean, devastatingly so, like reading The Scarlet Letter, while riding a roller coaster, on acid. Seductive, daring, soaring, and ultimately gut-wrenching, The Taker is a lush, historical rendering of transcendent love, paranormal beings, and the depths of pain that can be felt by immortal hearts.” —Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

"It renews a genre...and makes it intimate again." Locus Magazine


Looking for a good read? Get ready to hear about a time-transcending page turner. Two years ago,having just finished The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice and The Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer, I was still hungry for more of the supernatural. My only hesitation was that I wanted something a little more plausible than blood-sucking vampires. As fate would have it, I stumbled upon The Taker by Alma Katsu. Dutifully, I checked reviews before purchasing the book. How I hadn’t heard of it prior to then is beyond me, as the book was insanely well-receiveda nd only growing in popularity. I took the novel home and was blown away by the captivating story of an impressionable young woman, the “Adonis” who she falls in love with and the “monster” who falls in love with her. Lanore, Jonathan and Adair had me spellbound like no other characters have. The Taker satiated my need for the supernatural, but was unique in it’s portrayal of everlasting love and unrelenting obsession, both of which know no boundaries for these characters. The second installment, The Reckoning, was equally fascinating—the never-ending love chase propelling the jump between several different time periods and beautiful locations all over the world. Finally, the end of this twisted tale will come to an end with Katsu’s final installment, The Descent. (Jennifer Castro, Cliche Magazine) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Alma Katsu was born in Alaska and raised near Concord, Massachusetts. She has a BA in writing from Brandeis University and an MA from the Johns Hopkins Writing Program. She lives with her husband in Virginia. Visit her online at AlmaKatsu.com or follow her on Twitter.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (February 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145167645X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451676457
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (241 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,776,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Filled with characters who are driven by their violent and sexual desires, fans of the HBO series True Blood may find this disturbing, dark story to be their cup of tea but it just wasn't for me.

The Good:
I loved the cover and I couldn't wait to dig in because of the promising reviews I had read. I thought that the opening chapter was very intriguing and I loved the concept behind Lannie's "condition."

The Not So Good:
Luke's character really didn't serve much of a purpose and the third person narrative was off-putting. His motivations seem very weak and it was obvious that his unrealistic actions were just to move the plot forward. Another thing I didn't accept was Jonathan's allure; I found him boring and shallow. Despite his beauty, I just can't see how Lanny (and so many others) could be so smitten with such an unfaithful, cowardly boy - no matter his physical attributes.

The Bad:
I found most of the characters in The Taker very unlikeable and repulsive which made it nearly impossible for me to care about them. (The only character that I felt sorry for in this twisted cast of characters was Urza and her character was a minor one.) I reached a point where I just wished that they would all die so they would stop torturing others and themselves.

The Ugly:
The novel is riddled with many sexual situations and the sex is not of the romantic variety either. At best, the sex is about lust and desperation and at it's worse it is non-consentual and sadistic. No matter how sex-crazed a girl is, how could she possibly be attracted to the man who had her gang raped while he watched?!!? That was just beyond disgusting. There were also scenes of torture and death which were gruesome and uncomfortable to read as well. I only finished this book because I received it free as a First-Reads and I was determined to see it all the way through in the chance that it would improve before the end.
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Format: Hardcover
First, I'd like to say there are a lot of reviews here for a book that hadn't even hit the US shelves yet. Some of these reviews are clearly written by well-read, open-minded folk, and these do the novel justice. There are also reviews on here by a few who claim to have been bored or completely appalled by the violent parts, but also, never even finished the story. I don't know about you, but being someone who actively seeks out a tale that elicits such intense feelings in either direction, I was chomping at the bit to get my hands on this book.

I have been waiting for a book like this to hit the shelves. It is a brilliant blend of historical fiction, psychological horror and tragic love story. Not wanting to ruin the story for anyone, I will sum up my two favorite qualities. One of the most wonderful aspects of this story was the characterization. The main character, Lanny, is so tragically in love with Jonathan, and unfortunately unable to accept that they cannot be together. Her deep obsession with him, and the crushing desperate attachment she has to him is so palpable, and so intense. I had trouble breathing while reading some of these passages, it was so easy to put yourself right there with her. If you love a heartbreaking tale of love that should never be, you'll adore this book. On a completely different level, the violent, cold-hearted characters in the story are equally satisfying as the doomed love story. The cruelty of Adair and his entourage is wonderfully written as it is actually frightening. It is tough to find a story these days that is truly horrifying and gut wrenching, and this story is very satisfying for someone looking to be delightfully disturbed.
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This story centers around the main character, Lannie, who became immortal by means I won't mention (so I don't give away too much about the book).
The book begins near the end of the story, where a small town doctor (Luke), is uncharacteristically drawn to Lannie, an admitted murderess. While helping Lannie, she tells him her story, and so the book jumps from their present day lives, to Lannie's past which begins in the early 1800's.

Lannie tells her story beginning with her young, naive love for the unbelievably handsome Jonathon, to her relationship with the man who eventually enslaved her, and beyond. From the beginning, the story was extremely compelling. Although her narration is chock full of gripping details that will keep you glued to the page, it is still easy to follow the events and the few essential secondary characters. In fact, a couple of the secondary characters felt more like co-'main' characters to me.

This is not the kind of book I usually read, and due to the maliciousness of most of the characters, it did Not make me want to read more of it's type. UNLESS, of course there is a sequel to this one. Which brings me to my only complaint; I felt the book just ended kindof sudden without enough closure. There are loose ends, and if you read the book you'll know what I'm talking about. That being said, I can only hope that the author intends to write a sequel. I am already invested in this story, so I would definitely like to read more about the future of Lannie and her captor.
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