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The Reckoning: Book Two of the Taker Trilogy by Alma Katsu

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A love triangle spanning 200 years…Alma Katsu takes readers on a breathtaking journey through the landscape of the heart.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 wants…no 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 Taker leaves off, following Lanny on her path to redemption—and creating a whole new level of suspense.

Goodreads Summary

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. 

5 Stars

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  1. Thank you! I think reading the books in reverse order is a terrific idea, that would offer different insights into the characters.

  1. Lili said...:

    This cover is so freaking gorgeous, I can't get over it! I haven't started this series yet, I don't know why I've been so hesitant to do so, because your review makes it seem so awesome! Definitely moving it up on my TBR list.

  1. Sadly I still need to read both of the books, I had them loaned to me. Thanks for the great review :)

  1. Nancy said...:

    I love to read in reverse order, picking up on many an author with their current-most read and backtracking, if I enjoy the storyline. Can't wait to read The Reckoning. Loved The Taker.

  1. This cover is gorgeous! I don't love Love Triangles, but with such high praise I may have to checkout this series. Thanks for the review!

  1. Unknown said...:

    I've been wanting to read this series for a while now, but I have not gotten the chance to read it yet. I am definitely going to try to read it next month. I also love this cover, it just stands out with the colors.

  1. Anonymous said...:

    Oh, I like the cover. Her eyes are hypnotizing. Very beautiful. I know they say "Don't judge a book by it's cover" but I so do. I enjoyed the summary too. Thanks!

  1. Susan T. said...:

    I have book 1 but haven't gotten to it yet but since you rate this as 5 stars I'm going to prioritize it!