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Friday, May 4, 2012

Book Review: The Reckoning Book 2 of The Taker Trilogy by Alma Katsu

Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Gallery Books (June 19, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1451651805
ISBN-13: 978-1451651805
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Lanore McIlvrae is the kind of woman who will to 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 facade is the stuff of nightmares. He is a monster in the flesh, and he wants Lanore to love him for all 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.

I am so excited to be writing this review, it's really hard to type, while doing the happy dance. The Taker (Book 1) was by far, my favorite book of 2011. When I received The Reckoning (Book 2), I was very excited. Alma Katsu is an amazing storyteller. What goes on in that brain of hers, let me just say... it's pure awesome. I could always read about Lanny and Adair, their story could go on forever, and it doesn't get old.

When I started this book, I knew Lanny was in deep, deep trouble. I am saying this because of her actions, in the first book. It actually made me nervous, for Adair is not someone to be trifled with. She was so very brave in The Taker. Lanny is very smart though, however she was constantly running and looking over her shoulder in this book, very climatic. Adair actually grew on me more this time around, than in The Taker. He was such an evil, evil sinister person, it was a little unnerving.  In The Reckoning we get to read about another side of Adair. It is refreshing how this very unusual love story just keeps twisting and turning. There is no way anyone will figure out how the third, in this trilogy, will end.

I really like the formatting of this series as well. Just like book 1, The Reckoning takes you back and forth from present day to, oh let's say... Morocco 1830 or Romania 1300's. If this book is not taking you way back, then you are in present day Michigan, Maine, Aspen, Boston, Barcelona, Casablanca, and Italy.

I really cannot tell you how much this series amazes me. It is haunting, evil, lovely and very romantic all at the same time. I seriously cannot stop thinking about these books, when I am not reading them! The last in the series The Descent coming out in 2013, is very much anticipated.     

Please tell me which cover you like better, in your comments below!

5 out of 6

Me and Alma Katsu! AWESOME!
Sexual: Extreme
Profanity: Heavy
Violence: Extreme

This is an adult book, so I did not do a Parental Book Review. Adults only please!



  1. I haven't read The Taker, but I have to say that I like the cover of the face with the feathers better. I think it matches the first book better and I am getting a bit bored with the cliche girl in a dress cover. They are both pretty, but I prefer the one with the feathers. I think it's more eye catching.

  2. I do love the feathered cover and the new treatment on THE TAKER pb edition as well. I started THE TAKER a couple of weeks ago in the midst of a big reading rut and it was one of four books I abandoned. I plan to get back to it since I've heard only great things about it. Thanks to this review of RECKONING, I'll have to do it soon.

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  4. @Amy just took the words right out of my mouth :) The first cover is much more captivating than the girl in a dress cover.

  5. Both of these covers are completely gorgeous. Although I wish pubs would stop putting quotes about love never dying on book covers. ENOUGH.

  6. Slight spoilers from book 1.

    Getting Adair's pov in this book should be interesting. I can't believe it didn't hit me THEN (when I read The Taker) that the love story was between Adair and Lanore, not Lanore and John. After all the book was named after THEIR love story.
    Adair's crazy, and like you I am VERY scared for Lanny. He's not going to kill her (since he wants her love) but we saw in book one what he can do to make you WISH you were dead. Unless he's the other kind of loony which admires her for being smart/brave enough to lock him up in a wall. Maybe the love even grew! o_O
    Who knows? Well, you do actually, since you've read it. Wonder how long I'll have to wait :(

    BTW I LOVE the red cover soooo much, but I feel like the other cover (which will be the UK cover, meh) tells much more of the story than the red one. I'm only guessing but you know for sure if it does :)

  7. the reckoning book 2 cover is divine!

  8. Look at that first cover! It's breathtaking!

  9. I just finished this book as well and it was amazing! The story really grabbed me (just like the taker) and I loved all the different locations. This series is easily becoming one of my all time favourites.
    Love the first cover!


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