The Reckoning

✶ [BOOKS] ✪ The Reckoning By Alma Katsu ❀ – 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 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 s 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.The Reckoning

Hard to put down Not recommended reading after dark Stephen KingMakes the supernatural seem possible Publishers WeeklyTHE HUNGER NPR Favorite Horror StoriesTHE HUNGER Nominated for the Stoker and Locus awardsAuthor of THE DEEP a reimagining of the sinking of the Titanic and THE HUNGER a reimagining of the Donner Party's tragic journey Putnam;THE TAKER THE RECKONING and THE.

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  • The Reckoning
  • Alma Katsu
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  • 08 August 2014

10 thoughts on “The Reckoning

  1. says:

    This is the second installment in The Taker trilogy honestly it should have been called The Waiting because that's all you're doing in anticipation of the reunion of LanoreAdair after his 200 year entombment by her hand If that's your huge draw then just read the last 75 50 pages and satisfy yourself It'll give you enough of the gist give the payoff uickly enough If you're really only in for the reunion read the last 25 or so pages it's heartbreaking This was a lot of buildup considering that this is a shorter book than The Taker it's a bit torturous If you're down with the torture take in every page savor it selfishly I put this down many times to make it last because I know there's going to be a year for the finale to arrive that pains me We pick up right where the Taker left off Lanore is attending the exhibit of all her treasures at the museum with Luke the doctor who helped her abscond St Andrew in the first book she feels that old familiar hum in the back of her head She realizes it's Adair she's in a right panic So begins her flight because she knows that Adair will be coming for her She abandon's Luke heads for Casablanca We are introduced to Saava another immortal learn about him the time in the past that he Lenore spent together His life is sad wretched but I found him to be an important character to come to know Through the flashbacks Lanore comes to realize that she has always loved Adair the men she found herself most drawn to deeply loved who loved her back were not like Jonathan they were like Adair As much of a brain twister as that proves to be she needs to get on because that does not change that she's sure Adair is going to come exact his revengeBack in Boston Adair is freed from his entombment as is to be expected is having a difficult time adjusting to how much the world has changed in 200 years Jude is his guide here it's a frustrating sometimes farcical other times sad to watch Adair try to get his new bearings He is singly set on finding Lanore at times seems unhinged I often worried as much as Jude that Adair would do something find himself caught up by a police investigation He had no willingness to take to heart that he couldn't just act the way he had before now that we have cameras forensics such Killing menacing stealing are generally not the best way to go especially when it's Adair doing it as he does these things on impulse doesn't even think about the clean up And it made things no easier as Adair found it too much to take direction from Jude or anyone who had been subservient to him before Two hundred years had changed everyone in some ways Adair's realization took some time to catch up Adair does find that he is incapable of exacting bloody revenge on Lanore because he is too much in love with her to the point of distraction obsession a thing that led him to being open to being betrayed by her in the first place Such complication I was glad horrified to find out the details of what happened to the peasant boy Adair that we learn of in the first book am hoping that wrong can be righted in the final book because it is one of the things that has happened that disturbs me mostNow I will admit that I've never been a Jonathan fan frankly was glad to be rid of his bland but beautiful existence by the end of The Taker So when Adair went about to resurrect him I was a bit perturbed Happily Jonathan doesn't reconstitute to his former perfection actually turned into a interesting person Death gave him of a personality I found that I liked him He still came out with some eye roll comments like how his having had sex with Lanore was only done because it was what she wanted he was just trying to be a nice guy Whatevs This is the guy that shagged everything in a skirt that would stand still long enough but the sex with Lanore was his one noble act? Anyway excepting that Jonathan has some interesting insights to impart a very cryptic mention of The ueen of the Underworld I'm hoping that since this mention fills Adair with a good bit of dread we'll be seeing this being in the last book of the series I found the idea that even the ueen of the Underworld is so taken with Jonathan's beauty a bit than I could buy into Surely deities have seen all manner of perfection are they themselves so but even they are struck moved by Jonathan as to be just as singularly co opted to possess him as Lanore? M'mkay If you say so By this book's end Jonathan has been dispatched once again I can only hope that everyone will just let him rest now not trot out his reanimated head or whatever in the final book We get to see Alejandro Tilde while Lanore is on her search to find out what she can do to keep herself from the wrath of Adair Alej Tilde have tragic lives once you delve beneath the surface we find out how much they suffered when Lanore Jonathan got rid of Adair left them to nothing I could see how it pained Alej still it was sadder still that Lanore had never given a second thought how her actions drive to save Jonathan would affect or damn anyone else She told herself that she'd done them a favor but she wasn't the one left penniless wondering was she? As often is the case with Lanore her reasons are self serving excused by her It is never until she is confronted with those she's wronged with the truth of who she is that she seems to be able to stop see it I could completely understand why Alej Tilde double crossed her this time It's not just about Adair she wronged them as well And then there's Luke I saw the point of him in the first book as we needed Lanore to tell someone her story But now in book two I just don't give a darn about his dead parents divorce or his obsession with Lanore I don't buy her being in love with him either I understand what it's supposed to be but I just don't believe it Luke is cloyingly earnest whiny pathetic than anything I can't see Lanore loving him I can't stand him don't find anything in him to adore Frankly I was hoping Adair would kill Luke so I could be sure I wouldn't have to deal with his wet personality in the final bookThis was well worth the read but not what you don't usually get from second books in a trilogy You know something big is coming this is just the bridge And the way this one ends is enough to want you to will another five pages to properly whisk you off to 1038A word about the cover I have a beautiful cover with a golden filigree a bottle of what I can only surmise is the immortality elixir that Adair makes golden flecks in the bottom all I love it it matches well with the hardcover copy of The Taker I keep seeing these other covers that are very YA like I can't stand them First of all who are all these chicas with long dark hair? They can't be the embodiment of Lanore she's blond with curls The US cover with the blue eyed brunette I'm going by her very dark eyebrows here feathers aplenty can't be Lanore either I know it's not Tilde she's another blonde So unless this is Alej in drag I need for this nonsense to cease Do the people making the covers even read these books? Does the author get any say at all? As a reader it makes me ranty but I am glad that I'm not going to have to be subjected to purchasing one of those covers hope that I'm saved at the end of the trilogy I'd like one filigreed cover to match my other two

  2. says:

    This book should have been titled THE ANGSTING How do you readers do it? My emotions went from anxious to impatient extremely frustrated slightly hopeful utterly hopeless completely pissed 1000% heartbroken yes 1000% okay slight exaggeration and now SCARED TO DEATH OF The DescentAs flawed as it may sound I adore Adair The need to see her was undeniable He had to find her and look at her touch her skin and stand in her presence one time even if it used up the last of his strength even if it killed him sigh There was a time when I would’ve done anything you asked I would’ve made the sun shine for a full twenty four hours or had the tides stand still on the shore I would’ve made the world bloom every field and plain to worship you with flowers I would’ve created a second moon to rise in the sky or made everyone disappear every soul from here to the ends of the earth so that we could have the world to ourselves just you and I Hello can you blame me? Please Alma KatsuraAnd give Lanore and Adair the happily ever after he deserves see people this is why I don't read romance novels it's exhausting

  3. says:

    full reviews of The Taker and The Reckoning will be posted on my blog soon Know this though This is one of the best series I have read in years It sucked me in chewed me up and spit me out against my will Once I was in Lanny and Adair's world I wanted to stay there If you enjoy suspense twists romance horror or the supernatural I suggest you RUN to buy this series

  4. says:

    Riveting disturbing intriguing uniuely bizarre The Reckoning picks up a year after The Taken All the same characters are back and the plot can't be explained without big spoiler alerts so I won't even try I find myself torn while I read Alma Katsu's work because no one in their right mind should root for any of these characters because they are so ridiculously selfish and twisted and yet I do Adair is the most despicable of men and yet his one hint of vulnerability shows and I am cheering for him I am ashamed of myself but I just can't help it Lanore is just a tragic character that has had poor judgement for hundreds of years and uses men to fill the hole in her personality and heart with little remorse but I still want her to be happy It is hard to explain but it only proves that Alma Katsu is a brilliant writer This story is a complete original and jumps all around history from the 1300's to modern day seamlessly There is a wonderful interlude when Lanore spends time with Lord Byron that is a real treat I am eagerly awaiting the conclusion to this trilogy and will buy it hot off the press Warning Parts of the book as in The Taker are very brutal and explicit The cover makes it look like a YA book but it is not for kids

  5. says:

    Insane character development mixed in with fantastic world building made reading this series a absolute delight Unreuited love PassionHateJealousyDesireFearLoveRedemptionGreedMiseryEnvyDesperationDeceptionAnd pretty much every other emotion you can think of is weaved into this dark and twisted tale Immortal beings created by dark magic that can only be released by the one who created them This is not a pretty tale full of sparkly vampires with a conscious Not for the feint of heart This series is violent and for adults only

  6. says:

    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 oldWhen 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 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 endI 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 ItalyI 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 AmyReadingteennet

  7. says:

    I was drawn to The Taker Trilogy when the book cover for The Reckoning caught my eye on the GR Giveaways The cover was so artistically stunning Check it out The stricking beauty in color contrast and composition paired with the book’s title than grabbed my attention I am howevernot one who judges a book by its cover so I looked up The Reckoning and book 1 The Taker here on GR Read the blurbs summaries and some reviews I decided that it sounded like something I could definitely sink my teeth into Lucky lucky me I entered the giveaway and won an advance copy My most enthusiactic thanks to Gallery Books and Alma Katsu But The Reckoning is after all book 2 in Alma Katsu’s Trilogy and since I am also peevishly unable it may be so unwilling to pick up a piece of literature from any place other than the very beginning I had to first get my hands on book one Done that and am I ever so pleased with myself for soing so Check out my review It is such an amazingly well written and compelling story that when I finished and closed the book I immediately pick up book 2 and couldn’t put that one down either The Reckoning seamlessly picks up from where book 1 The Taker leaves off albeit with a heart pounding jump start We find Lanny and Luke in present day London visiting one of the museums to which she has donated some of the treasures collected over the past 200 years when she gets that humming buzz at the base of her skull The familiarity of it doesn’t click right away after all it has been 200 years But then it hits her like a freight train Adair is Free Her first and most understandable reaction she bolts From there the story just continues to draw and drive you into a page turning frenzy Through her mad dash journey to evade Adair while trying to devise a plan to either neutralize him as a threat or stay his wrath we get details of Lanny’s life over the last two centuries a greater understanding of what transpired between her and Jonathan that brought them to that fateful night in present day St Andrew Maine Each of her side stories is in itself a fantastical tale and in their retelling Lanny is brought to some very unsettling self realizations We also get back story on Adair and the physic and brought up to date on the status of some of the other immortals Jude Alejandro Tilde and Dona Where as The Taker explores man’s nature toward passion obsession love and desire and the circumstances under which it can easily sink to the depths of carnality The Reckoning will have you uestioning if and when should redemption no longer be a possibility I myself found these uestions profound as they relate to Adair than to Lanny It takes a very talented writer to bit by bit humanize such a character as Adair to the point where we can actually hope for his redemption if not out rightly root for it As if all of this wasn’t hypnotic enough Katsu introduces some new elements such as necromancy uestions of the afterlife and some new characters one in particular all of which hold additional promises of a breathtaking finale in book 3 I’ve already added The Descent to my TBR and will be anxiously awaiting its publication The only thing that so far keeps this from being a 5 star series is that I can’t uite find myself invested in the Luke character or in his relationship with Lanny I don’t know what it is haven’t figured out why It’s really a very small issue and given the scope of the LannyJonathanAdair triangle it shouldn't really matter Still I look forward to seeing if I can make the connection in the next book

  8. says:

    Um what is with the coverhas it suddenly gone all YA on us?

  9. says:

    Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Talesuick Dirty Deeply unsettling and gripping seuel to The Taker Part historical part modern day thriller that explores deeper character development and emotions Opening Sentence We were nearly at the Victoria and Albert Museum when we saw the crowds spilling out of the entrance and across Cromwell Street forcing our taxi to stop in the middle of the road The Review Lanore McIlvrae and Lucas Findley are spending some uality time together in Europe after Lucas helped her escape from murder charges It is not long before their tranuil lives are shattered as Lanore once again feels the tug of Adair’s’ presence Her first conclusion is that Lucas is not safe with her so she runs away leaving him to pick up the shattered pieces of his life by himself much like Jonathan left her many years ago Lanny seeks other immortals whom were once Adair’s companions looking to find a way that could possibly undue her curse or destroy Adair forever Lucas is left hurt and betrayed He wants to prove to Lanny that he should stay by her side while wondering if she has already been caught and destroyed by Adair Adair is furious He wants nothing than to claim his revenge on Lanore for locking him up for two hundred years Adair must enlist the help of Jude one of his unloyal and selfish companions to find Lanore and to learn about the modern world As the time passes for Adair he realizes his feelings for Lanore are less about revenge and about love He has never felt this way for anyone in his centuries of life Adair spares no expense or injustice until he can find Lanny again The Reckoning has a dark grim and terrible atmosphere that reminds me so much of Anne Rice books There are really no redeeming ualities for any of these characters yet I was sucked in by their emotional plight Lanore and Adair both come to realizations about their feelings for each other and they both fight these feelings in different ways I absolutely cannot wait to see how this plays out Lanore goes from fighting to live her life too wanting to end it so she doesn’t have to live through what Adair will undoubtedly put her through She is a strong character but sometimes comes off a little childish even though what she is doing makes sense She wants to protect Luke from harm but it doesn’t take much research for Adair to find who she was last seen with so her protections may be for naught Adair is frightening He has no scruples to how far he will go to get what he wants He really doesn’t care about anyone or anything else but himself When he realizes that Lanore has left him with feelings he has never felt before he tries to act on them He tries to make himself a better person but is it enough for this tragic tale? I really like how The Reckoning goes between modern times and historical storytelling How Lanore’s past lessons reflect on events that are currently happening The Reckoning goes between different perspectives Lanore’s first person to Adair and Luke’s third person accounts The only thing that I had problem with was the time shifts between Adair and Lanore Weeks would pass with Adair then it would go back to Lanore and it was only a couple days since Adair had escaped Overall there is nothing fun or lighthearted about The Reckoning It is a dark heavy read that borders on tragic conseuences I was a little surprised by how this novel ended and I can’t wait to read the conclusion of the trilogy in The Descent Notable Scene Whereas when I thought of Adair I knew I should be terrified of him I knew he was capable of doing horrible things but I also couldn’t help being overtaken with excitement too It had been like being courted by a demon heady and intoxicating My stomach fluttered at the memory of it I had been loved by a man who would do anything for me lie cheat steal Murder How many women could say that? As frightening as it had been it also had been a singular love Exactly the way I had felt about Jonathan once upon a time I sat upright holding a pillow to my stomach as though it had some magical power to keep down the bile rising in my throat The belief I’d held most sacred in life the star by which I’d charted my course had been an illusion Even if I’d had a perfect love with Abdul and the others each had come about because subconsciously I’d sought to re create what I once had with Adair The truth of this realization fell into place like tumblers aligning in a lock It had been Adair all this time not Jonathan Adair the monster was the one I had loved all along This couldn’t be For a moment the inside of my head spun like a top or perhaps it was my world flipping topsy turvy and crashing around me I’d always prided myself on following my heart but I could not—would not—accept this It must be mad lust or some kind of sick attraction dressed up to look like love It must be trickery one of his spells to make me think I loved him It must be insanity brought on by Jonathan’s death I could not be in love with a monster I vowed I would not let myself be in love with the devilFTC Advisory Gallery BooksSimon Schuster provided me with a copy of The Reckoning No goody bags sponsorships “material connections” or bribes were exchanged for my review

  10. says:

    This is a review of books 1 2Part me was shocked and a small dark part of me was mad I don’t know exactly what to say about this book I don’t even know what possessed me to read this book I haven’t read any reviews of this book so I don’t have any expectations In fact I have absolutely no idea what I’m about to read So when I finish the two books I was so flabbergasted that this book is likethatThis book is sort of an enigma to me But one thing I’m sure of is that the book’s theme is dark Very dark It tackled love in the ugliest ways The characters that loved and were loved in this book were tangled in web of lies deceit and carnal obsession I don’t like anyone of them They irked me and even made me furious Their decisions and how they handled the situation want me to bang my head and uestion their sanity What were they thinking? If the book’s intention was to show that love can be horrid emotion then I applauded it because for me it worked That being said I don’t think that whatever it is they are feeling for each other is love at least according to my descriptionThe first book The Taker felt as it was a long prelude of the real story I thought the story has ended after book two then I found out this is a trilogy and I’m not uite sure I’m up for the challenge of continuing itlet’s see It started with Luke a doctor and he met a girl who was suspected of murder Lanore McIlvrae or Lanny asked Luke to help her escape She told him that she killed the guy she loved but it was to make him free To get his complete trust Lanny told her about her past and her true nature She is an immortal She has been living for centuries now and it all happened when she met Adair a powerful aristocrat He has the knowledge of alchemy He was the reason why she was an immortal When her family found out she was pregnant and the father of her child was an engaged man they shipped her to Boston She met Adair there became his plaything until she got sick But Adair was far too interested to let her die So he cured him and now she’s living an endless lifeBut she wanted extricate herself from him so she deceived him and let him sleep for two hundred years In the second book The Reckoning Adair has woken up and he was furious He wanted Lanny badly so he sought her When he finally got her he found out that she’s in love with somebody else He asked her to be with her to save Luke’s life so she did But after months being together Adair realized that he cannot force Lanny to love him so he set her freeFrom not including those horrible details you’ll get an impression that Adair was just a lonely guy and just madly in love with Lanny Nope not even close If I were to be blunt he was obsessed with her He used her in all sort of ways Introduced her to sexual activities and not just limited to the two of them gender or age But if you’re asking if it was graphic? No not really It wasn’t descriptive but it wasn’t elusively worded either Adair was evil incarnate He uses people for pleasure and not just sex He’s mad and he’s a frightening character I do not like his character and even if I found what make him what he is justifiable in a way I couldn’t comprehend how I don’t think my first impression would change My stance is solid He’s bad Bad bad badI don’t understand Lanny At all I don’t know why she loved Jonathan He’s not good for her he was just using her Jonathan is not a good guy he’s married and still having an affair with a married woman no less But what I think his redeeming part is that he at one point was honest with Lanny that he cannot love her the way she loved him And then there’s Luke the doctor I don’t understand how she arrived to that conclusion that she’s in love with him I do not see anything that shows love They were into each other yes but that’s all there is Now how will that convince me?This one’s dark And it caught me off guard plenty of times And those times were not pleasant timesto say the least I’m uite amazed with myself that I managed to finish the book two books in one day Then again one of the book’s charms for the lack of better word is that it didn’t falter It rendered me shockedbut those moments made me mad Gosh I hate all the characters No one to empathize

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