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FREE PDF ¸ BOOK The Reckoning Ý 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 aOre 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 nov 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

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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 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 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

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The ReckoningFor 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 Lan 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