The Reckoning (Taker Trilogy #2)

The Reckoning (Taker Trilogy #2)

by Alma Katsu
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The Reckoning (Taker Trilogy #2) by Alma Katsu

In this “rich, satisfying, and gorgeously written sequel” (Chapters) to her acclaimed debut novel, The Taker, Alma Katsu pairs a mysteriously alluring young woman with an ER doctor from rural Maine on a harrowing, passion-fueled chase that transcends the boundaries of time.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451651843
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 06/19/2012
Series: Taker Trilogy , #2
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 334,181
File size: 2 MB

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 or follow her on Twitter.

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The Reckoning 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
kimba88 More than 1 year ago
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.
tamsparks More than 1 year ago
Alma Katsu is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Both The Taker and The Reckoning are filled with lush and descriptive writing, historical details, and a delightfully agonizing tension that makes them worthy of the description “page turner.” But at the core of the story are Katsu’s characters, enormously flawed individuals that the reader wants to root for, kill or sleep with, often all at the same time. The Reckoning picks up soon after the ending of The Taker. Lanny and Luke are in London visiting the Victoria and Albert museum, where Lanny has anonymously donated her precious collection of objects d’art acquired from her travels over the past two hundred years.While gazing at her objects behind the museum glass, Lanny feels a terrible and long-forgotten sensation, the tingling approach of a headache that could only mean one thing: Adair has escaped, and will certainly be looking for her to exact revenge. In alternating chapters, Katsu goes back and forth between Lanny and Adair, released from his prison by happenstance and thrust into the modern world without a clue about how to survive in it. Of one thing he is certain, however. Lanny must pay for her treachery no matter how long it takes to find her, and so he uses his powerful connection to the members of his immortal “family” to track down Jude, another immortal who has used his freedom from Adair to build a comfortable life for himself. Jude is shocked to see Adair on his doorstep, but reluctantly agrees to help him adapt to modern life and find Lanny. As Jude searches the internet for clues to Lanny's whereabouts, the two discover the truth about Jonathan’s death. Adair is sure that Jonathan is the key to locating Lanny, and so he sets out to find his burial-place and attempt to resurrect him from the dead, using his book of magical “recipes” that also contains the secret to immortality. As Adair gets closer to tracking down Lanny, she herself has made contact with friends from the past that can help her hide from Adair. But fate is cruel, and from this point on the story is a dizzying game of cat-and-mouse as Lanny realizes she cannot outrun her past. Katsu is brilliant at pacing her story and dropping bits of information about the characters’ pasts in just the right spots to spark the reader’s imagination, but she’s very careful not to give away too much. She takes us from the past to the present and back again, weaving together a story that spans centuries. The characters themselves go through many changes throughout the course of the story. Adair especially surprised me when his cruelty and power over the other characters became something else by the end of the book. But all of the characters seem to have one thing in common: they are all capable of lies and deceit, and the reader is never really sure who to trust. The Reckoning never loses momentum and unlike many “middle” books, it was even better than The Taker, if that’s possible. The writing is gorgeous and almost visceral, and there was more than one occasion when I marked a lovely passage to go back again read again. Katsu ends the book in a highly satisfying way, but wisely leaves many questions unanswered that she will most likely address in the final installment. A heady mix of intrigue, cruelty, betrayal and enduring love, The Reckoning will leave you breathless and impatient for more. Many thanks to the author and publisher for supplying a review copy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story
DTChantel More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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's getting cold in my neighborhood!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved continuing the story without pages and pages of recapping. Great book.
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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 More than 1 year ago
THE RECKONING is a brilliant sequel. Katsu makes sure that her exposition remains active, never allowing any summary of the first book in the trilogy to get in the way of the action-packed events of the second book. I normally don't like the first few chapters of a sequel, but Katsu manages to bring life to them in a way others do not. Thank you for an amazing read. I hope it's adapted into a theatrical experience.
Christas_Books More than 1 year ago
The more I read this series the more I love Alma Katsu’s writing. She is a mystery/paranormal/historical fiction mastermind. She’s got three genres going on here and doesn’t drop the ball once. The Reckoningreunited us with Lanny and Luke a few months after The Taker ends. They’ve settled into a life together and Lanny is learning to let go of her past, to really let herself be free.  This plan hits a snag however when the building keeping Adair prisoner is demolished and he is finalley freed, ready to seek vengeance on Lanny. Despite being horribly evil Adair is easily my favourite character of this series. He’s just so…bad. I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the page when he’s in the scene. So you can imagine I was happy to see him return in The Reckoning. Not only does he return – you get to know his character in some very new and personal ways. It was really interesting to get a look inside the mind of the Devil himself. The Reckoning also goes back and fills in the gaps. It tells the reader, in amazing detail, what Lanore goes through all those years that Adair was buried in the wall. She travelled all over the world and Alma Katsu devotes equal attention to all the different locations she visited. From Moracco, to Italy, to Barcelona – it is so easy to get swept up in the epic nature of this story. Final recommendation:if you haven’t picked up this series yet, go out and find a copy of book one, The Taker, immediately. If you’ve already read (and loved) The Takeryou will not be disappointed by The Reckoning. It is a sequel that is every bit as good as the first.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.....
SnickersDB More than 1 year ago
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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I encourage you to read the all.
AngelaCarr More than 1 year ago
Ms. Katsu provided another well written, suspenseful, deeply emotional and definitely another engaging story. This dark LOVE TRIANGLE will sure stir up emotions and the extraordinary story telling will have you reading non stop. The book starts with a quote that I believe sets the tone and prepares readers of what’s to come. The question is, who is the Beast and who is Beauty? "You'll always be dear to me, Beast. I’m truly your friend. But I don't think I shall ever be able to marry you." "You're my only Joy," said Beast. "I'd die without you. Promise, at least, that you’ll never leave." -Beauty and the Beast, Madame Leprince de Beaumont After hundreds of years of her immortal life, Lenore is still in the same situation. She is still helplessly in love with Jonathan, a man that can never and will never love her back. Now, she is mourning his death. The book takes off a little after The Taker had ended, as Luke and Lenore continue their days trying to get some routine or normalcy but with Lenore’s immortal life, nothing will ever be simple. If you’ve read The Taker (which I recommend reading first), you know that Lenore is not only on the run from the law but she is also on the run from her past, Adair in particular. However, her past will soon catch up and well, shock the hell out of her. Adair’s imminent Reckoning is here and his revelation is not what I expected. He definitely had time to think of Lenore’s betrayal. It was justified but what he went through was unforgivable, IMO. It was wild to see him come out of his prison and wake up to find himself in a new world. Ms. Katsu did well to explain his experiences with adapting and comparing the now and then. She also focused more on his POV, which was great because I was right about his evil existence, his sick obsessions and evil doings in the past and present….sick bastard. But damn, Ms. Katsu threw me a curve ball making me think twice of how I feel for Adair. The character build up was quiet amazing. Lenore on the other hand, remains the same, strong willed. She continues to tell her story of the past and of the things she did with and without Jonathan and Adair. Unfortunately, they are more heartaches, betrayals and more hardships. I actually admire her for surviving; given the circumstances, she really does it without any support or assistance from anyone. My heart truly breaks for her, she just can't seem to get a grasp of any happiness. Ms. Katsu has to end this series with a good closure for Lenore, for my heart's sake. We also get to know a bit more of Luke whom I feel bad for. I also hope Ms. Katsu gives him an HEA of his own, it’s well deserved. The other immortals made their presence but didn’t really make a mark on me as much as the leading characters. I do have to warn readers that there are strong contents of sex abuse such as rape and violence in this book. Ms. Katsu kept me on my toes, surprised me with the unexpected outcomes and she left me needing more. Overall, a spellbinding read. *Review copy provided by author
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bookchic8 More than 1 year ago
After reading The Taker. I couldn't wait for this book to come out. And it certainly did not dissappoint! Loved it. My only complaint is that I wish the whole trilogy was released at the same time. I forgot alot about the first book and it is so hard to wait for the next!
Icecream18JA More than 1 year ago
Lanore immediately pulled me into her struggle. One might not even need to read the first book, I was never lost or confused while reading The Reckoning, which is the second book of a trilogy about immortals. Lanny successfully saved her first love, Jonathan, by trapping Adair, her master, behind a wall made of stone, lumber, concrete, and brick. Jonathan abandons Lanore, however, and she must learn to live without him and move on with her life with Luke. After she and Luke donate dozens of items she’s accumulated over her long life to museums all over the world, Lanny feels Adair’s presence. He survived his entombment and is now free to hunt and kill her for her betrayal. Fearing for Luke’s safety, Lanore forces herself to leave him and reaches the decision that she must face Adair alone. Katsu is an excellent writer and I can’t wait to read the other book of this trilogy. There are layers to every character and motivations behind their actions. Katsu switches between many character’s points of views in her writing. I love that she does this because it adds so much to the story! The Reckoning is a book that any woman would love to read. Lanny’s struggles to find and protect love are easy to relate to. Although Lanore has lived for a very long time, she is still very vulnerable and unsure of herself in many ways. This is an excellent novel and I give it five out of five stars.