The Reckoning (Taker Trilogy #2)

The Reckoning (Taker Trilogy #2)

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by Alma Katsu
     
 

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SECOND IN ALMA KATSU’S GRIPPING SUPERNATURAL TRILOGY THAT BEGAN WITH THE TAKER

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

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SECOND IN ALMA KATSU’S GRIPPING SUPERNATURAL TRILOGY THAT BEGAN WITH THE TAKER

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Katsu’s seductive second book in her supernatural thriller trilogy picks up where her well-received debut, The Taker (2011), left off. The chance freeing of immortal alchemist Adair from his secret tomb in present-day Boston, nearly two centuries after immortal Lanore McIlvrae imprisoned him, disrupts Lanore’s comfortable life with her mortal lover, Luke Findley. Marooned in an unfamiliar world, the amoral alchemist soon recovers lost treasures and rebuilds his fortunes, allowing him to focus on the goal that truly matters to him—tracking down the woman responsible for imprisoning him, to break her to his will, and possess her forevermore. Lanore’s desire to abandon her wicked ways, doomed as it is, may mark her as unique among the immortals, but it also makes her uniquely vulnerable to her stalker. At times melodramatic and constrained by the limitations of a middle volume, this installment stays true to its author’s initial vision. Agent: Peter Steinberg, the Steinberg Agency. (June)
From the Publisher
“Beautiful, mesmerizing… and leaves readers anxiously awaiting Katsu’s final volume.” —Library Journal

"Katsu’s seductive second book in her supernatural thriller trilogy picks up where her well-received debut, The Taker, left off...this installment stays true to its author’s initial vision. " —Publishers Weekly

"Katsu’s brilliant series second will utterly enchant you." —RT Book Reviews

“Grips you from start to finish. . . . Fascinating and thrilling. A unique, enduring story of the paranormal!” —Historical Novel Review

“With The Reckoning, obsession is taken to a whole new level….The characters in this trilogy are fascinating…Adair is the perfect mix of villain and ‘hot guy.’ Not only is this a good sequel, but it’s a powerful lead-in to what is sure to be the final, unforgettable chapter in Lanore’s amazing life.” —Suspense Magazine

“Enchanting. . . . Amazing. . . . A gorgeously written sequel. . . . I simply couldn’t put it down. . . . Rich, satisfying, and convincing.” —Chapters

“Fast-paced. . . . Fans will enjoy this supernatural drama.” —Genre Go Round Reviews

“Fans of Katsu’s haunting novel The Taker can finally indulge in their next juicy fix. . . . Gripping, pulse-pounding. . . . A whole new level of suspense.” —Night Owl Reviews

“Amazing… breathtaking and beautiful.” —Just Another Story

The Taker blew my mind and The Reckoning had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. This is a must read series.” —Hooked on Books

"The perfect juicy summer read." —SheKnows.com

“Breathtaking... Thrilling... Touching... Exciting... Magical... Memorable.. .One of the best series that I've read in a very long time!…This is a story that you will definitely not want to miss!” —Browsing Bookshelves

Jennifer Castro
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-received and 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451651812
Publisher:
Gallery Books
Publication date:
01/22/2013
Series:
Taker Trilogy, #2
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
456,329
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Alma Katsu has a B.A. in Writing from Brandeis University, where she studied under John Irving, and an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins Writing Program. She lives with her husband in Virginia.

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