Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Reckoning by Alma Katsu

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.

The Reckoning is Alma Katsu’s long awaited sequel to The Taker. It is the second book of a trilogy, a dark, gothic tale about immortality and its horrible effects. The third book in the series is named The Descent.

The Reckoning picks up exactly where The Taker ended. The main character, Lanore, now two hundred years old and still on the run with her lover Dr Luke Findley, suddenly experiences the terror of knowing that Adair is free from the brick and mortar tomb in the walls of his home. She knows he will come after her, blind with wrath and eager to wreak the most horrendous vengeance.

Told through the first person narrative of the main character, Lanore, this tale sweeps the reader through numerous exotic locations - from the United States to England, from Italy to Spain, Lanore desperately tries to stay one step ahead of Adair.

The story’s secondary characters are as rich and vicious in personality as the main ones are and with engaging traits such as greed, pure evil, and traitorous. But the true hook in this story is the antagonist, Adair. Corrupt, evil, murderous, and as immortal as the heroine herself. Absolutely fascinating!

Underlying themes explored in this novel of immortality are change, love, obsession, vengeance, power, life and death, and Alma Katsu weaves it all together in a fascinating paranormal yarn that grips you from start to finish. The author does not shy away from sex or violence, so this book is definitely rated for adults only. The graphic scenes are skilfully balanced with intriguing and lighthearted details as the ancient Adair gets used to life and articles in the new century into which he must adapt to.

Although The Reckoning can stand alone, and you do not need to read The Taker, I highly recommend that you do. The drama is fascinating and thrilling. Definitely a unique, enduring story of the paranormal! 



Alma said...

Mirella, Wonderful review--thank you so much! So glad you enjoyed the Reckoning. I'm honored to be in the company of so many excellent historicals.

Mirella Patzer said...

Oh, thank you Alma. I truly love your imagination and your tendency toward the gothic. It's what I love too. I wish you the best of luck and all the success in the world. Your story is worth it.