The Reckoning (Taker Trilogy #2) [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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The Reckoning (Taker Trilogy #2)

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Overview

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)
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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"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451651843
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 6/19/2012
  • Series: Taker Trilogy , #2
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 49,672
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Alma Katsu was born in Alaska and raised near Concord, Massachusetts. She has a B.A. in Writing from Brandeis University and an M.A. 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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  • Posted September 6, 2012

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    compelling tale, that I could not put down

    I read and reviewed The Taker, Alma Katus’s first novel in this trilogy with a Goodreads group. I found it to be disturbing, compelling and one that left me breathless. I found myself repulsed and drawn to Lanore MciLvrae’s story and had to know more. The group decided to read The Reckoning for August and again I found myself completely drawn to this tale and its fleshed out and complex characters. Katus is a powerful story teller and I encourage you to pick this trilogy up. The tale picks up shortly after book one ended, and we find ourselves in England with Lanore and Luke Findley. While at a museum, Lanore senses that Adair has escaped the prison that she and Jonathan trapped him in over two hundred years ago. Lanore is terrified for she knows he will hunt her down and seek revenge. Adair wakes up to find his fortune gone and the world around him completely changed. He seeks one of the others and makes plans to find Lanore. The tale that unfolds left me breathless, as Lanore tries to escape and the two of them deal with their complex feelings. The characters in this tale are unique, complex, and twisted. I find myself completely surprised that I connected with them and understood them. They are all flawed, all damaged and despite what they claim they all want love. We get to know more of Adair’s back story, and things we thought were true, turn out to be lies. We learn more about the other members of Adair’s twisted family and I enjoyed getting to know them. I liked Lanore more in this novel, perhaps I understood her a little better. While a part of me still fears Adair I was completely floored by the other side of him that Katus unveiled to us. I am amazed at the hold Lanore has on Jonathan, Luke and Adair. I think what I find refreshing is that she doesn’t think she deserves it, and has a twisted idea of “happiness”. These characters will haunt you long after you close the book. While there is still a veil of mystery to the alchemy behind Adair and his ties to them all, I found this to be a wonderful middle book. Often, it can fall flat, but this was action packed and took me on an emotional ride. Character development and depth brought the tale to life. The author’s writing style flows beautifully as you ride one intense scene after another. Elements of suspense, mystery and fear had me turning the pages, oblivious to the world around me. This is a dark tale that explores love, greed, hatred, selfishness and power. The characters kept me riveted and I consumed this in a single afternoon. This tale will take you out of your comfort zone and intrigue you at the same time. Readers in our group have made comments like, “It made me uncomfortable, yet I loved it.” “It’s sick but addicting.” It has left me eagerly awaiting the final installment and has currently earned a place on my top five adult novels for 2012.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2014

    Very good book

    Great story

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  • Posted November 15, 2013

    Alma Katsu¿s second installment of the ¿The Taker¿ trilogy was a

    Alma Katsu’s second installment of the “The Taker” trilogy was an astounding surprise. She manages to overcome the mediocrity that plagues second, or middle, books in a series and writes a fascinating and completely compelling story that captivates from the very first word. I found it almost impossible to put this book down and was quickly mesmerized by the smooth, seductive narrative and the hypnotic weaving of the back stories of a few of the main characters.

    “The Reckoning” referenced by the title is not what you would expect or anticipate at the close of “The Taker,” but each character in the book has a reckoning of some type. These epiphanies are surprising and in some cases, shocking, and pull you further into the unfathomable mysteries surrounding these characters. At the end of the book, I found that it was the characters, even more than the action, that made me wish their stories would never end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    Having completed my graduate degree last year I finally have the

    Having completed my graduate degree last year I finally have the pleasure to indulge in "light" reading...add to that "easy summer reading" (one of my favorite pastimes) and the trilogy is a winner! My friend gave me "The Taker" to read and I was hooked....My only problem is I have to wait for the third book...please hurry Alma...it's getting cold in my neighborhood!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2013

    Just as enthralling as book one

    I loved continuing the story without pages and pages of recapping. Great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Found a deal on the  first book The Taker, and got hooked on the

    Found a deal on the  first book The Taker, and got hooked on the series.  I cannot wait for the third installment.  Yes, they do need to be read in order. Start with The Taker.   This was one of those books you won't want to put down.  
    Lanore is looking for love in all the wrong places.  Love the alchemy twist on immortality.  You will develop a love/hate relationship with Adair.  Don't want to give away the plot like alot of reviewers do.  It suffices to say that if you like historical you will love the traveling across time that comes with immortality.  i love that it is magic/fantasy without the unbelievable monsters and demons.  I have had enough of vampires and werewolves.  I would much rather believe in the magic and possibilities of a love that spans across time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    Great Sequel!!!

    I was not at all disappointed with the sequel. It was just as entertaining and surprising as the first. It kept me on the edge of my seat. Storytelling at the very best!!!! I can't wait for book three.....

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  • Posted January 8, 2013

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    Definitely not as good as the first

    This was a good book to keep up with the story. This was not as good as book #1. I felt this book dragged on and did not keep me wanting to read more. I got through it for the story background and with the hope that book #3 will be as good as book #1.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    Good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2012

    Love this series

    I encourage you to read the all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2012

    Love this book!!

    Alma Katsu is such an awesome author!! Such detail in her writing! Love her books!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

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    LOVED THIS BOOK! I am not into magic or vampires but the characters are absolutely mesmerizing! Can't wait for the final installment.

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  • Posted June 24, 2012

    I loved it and I can't wait for the next installment.

    I loved it and I can't wait for the next installment.

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