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

The Reckoning: Book Two of the Taker Trilogy

byAlma Katsu

Hardcover | June 19, 2012

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A love triangle spanning 200 years…Alma Katsu takes readers on a breathtaking journey through the landscape of the heart.


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 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.
Alma Katsu has a B.A. in Writing from Brandeis University, where she studied under John Irving, and an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins Writing Program. She lives with her husband in Virginia.
Title:The Reckoning: Book Two of the Taker TrilogyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:June 19, 2012Publisher:Gallery BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1451651805

ISBN - 13:9781451651805


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mr A very good read
Date published: 2013-07-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from 1st book was better I really enjoyed "The Taker", which was Book 1 in the Trilogy, and preferred it greatly, over this 2nd book- improperly titled "The Reckoning". Perhaps it should have been called the "The Realization" as Lanny and Adair both realize, and are disgusted by the fact, that they are in love with eachother, and there was no reckoning for anyone... I wasn't buying a lot of character actions in this novel (Adair not punishing Lanny, Alej betrayng Lanny, Jonathan caring about Lanny's well-being, Lanny loving Luke, etc...), and for that I can say that I am dissapointed. Having said that I WILL read book 3... I am hoping for a "Reckoning" of some sort.
Date published: 2012-12-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Second in a trilogy 3.5/5 Alma Katsu's latest release - The Reckoning - is the second book of The Taker Trilogy. I read and reviewed the first in the series - The Taker - last year and enjoyed. I was curious to see where Katsu would take her characters in the second installment. As a quick background... "In 1817 Lanny was sent to Boston to give birth to her illegitimate child. But she never made it as far as the convent. Instead she fell in with Count Adair and his household. Adair is a centuries old alchemist with the ability to bind his minions to him for life - never aging and never dying." The Reckoning picks up the story a few months after The Taker left off, in the present day. Lanny has run away with Luke, a mortal, starting yet another new life. But their calm is about to be shattered - Adair is on the hunt to reclaim Lanny. Lanny has spent much of the last 200 years trying to escape from her past. The book treats us to many of her memories as she explores her life and determines the choices she's going to have to make in this time. I enjoyed these flashbacks and their historical detail as much or more than the present day story. The Taker set up the characters, the settings and the story for Katsu's trilogy. The sense of urgency and action, although present, is not as prevalent in The Reckoning. Instead, this second entry deals more with emotions - wants, needs, desires and love. Adair is given a depth not seen in The Taker. The Reckoning is outside of the genres I normally read but had no problem holding my interest as a story. I am pragmatic by nature though, so I found myself unable to swoon with Lanny as she determines who she wants to spend her eternity with. Readers who lose themselves in a character will enjoy Lanny. Personally I found myself more drawn to Adair this time 'round. His self exploration was much more interesting to me. Those who like a little spice in their reading will enjoy the 'swiving' scenes. Katsu has a rich, imaginative, storytelling voice. Fans of early Anne Rice would enjoy Alma Katsu. Again the ending was slightly unsatisfying as it simply leaves the door open for the third book. Although - I am very curious about this Queen of the Underworld. I would recommend reading The Taker before The Reckoning to have a full appreciation of the story. (The ARC I received had a different cover that mirrored the tone of the hardcover edition of The Taker. I have to say I preferred it to this cover - which seems a little YA for me. In my opinion, it comes off as a bit sensationalistic and really doesn't connote the rich tone of Katsu's tale.)
Date published: 2012-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Alma Katsu is a mastermind The more I read this series the more I love Alma Katsu’s writing. She is a mystery/paranormal/historical fiction mastermind. She’s got three genres going on here and doesn’t drop the ball once. The Reckoning reunited us with Lanny and Luke a few months after The Taker ends. They’ve settled into a life together and Lanny is learning to let go of her past, to really let herself be free. This plan hits a snag however when the building keeping Adair prisoner is demolished and he is finalley freed, ready to seek vengeance on Lanny. Despite being horribly evil Adair is easily my favourite character of this series. He’s just so…bad. I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the page when he’s in the scene. So you can imagine I was happy to see him return in The Reckoning. Not only does he return – you get to know his character in some very new and personal ways. It was really interesting to get a look inside the mind of the Devil himself. The Reckoning also goes back and fills in the gaps. It tells the reader, in amazing detail, what Lanore goes through all those years that Adair was buried in the wall. She travelled all over the world and Alma Katsu devotes equal attention to all the different locations she visited. From Moracco, to Italy, to Barcelona – it is so easy to get swept up in the epic nature of this story. Final recommendation: if you haven’t picked up this series yet, go out and find a copy of book one, The Taker, immediately. If you’ve already read (and loved) The Taker you will not be disappointed by The Reckoning. It is a sequel that is every bit as good as the first. This and other reviews at Hooked on Books (
Date published: 2012-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW Review first posted at The Reckoning is the sequel to Alma Katsu`s debut The Taker which I read and reviewed last summer. If you have read my review you will know that I LOVED The Taker and for a good chunk of the year could not wait to get my hands on the sequel. The Taker was, absolutely, one of the best books I had read in 2011 and I am pretty sure that I can say the same thing for The Reckoning. Alma is brilliant writer and she has an absolute gift at weaving scenarios and actions together to create these stories that are breath taking and beautiful. She is amazingly creative and the originality found in her plots is utterly refreshing. I often find it hard to review a sequel and in this case it is extra difficult because I really don't want to give anything away, but I also want to convince you all to pick up this series. I assure you, it is worth it. It is also difficult to write a review for a middle novel. Because often they are just considered filler novels, not really adding to the story. This is not the case for The Reckoning. This story gives so much and answers those burning questions, while at the same time giving you a few more to ponder. It was such s thrill to read and be a part of. Everything that I loved about The Taker I found in The Reckoning. The writing was beautiful. There were times when I would have to go back and reread a part to simply appreciate the beauty of the words. Alma has a way with words. The smallest details that were put into her descriptions really added to the beauty of the novel. Especially when she was talking about Adair. The Reckoning, is for the most part, is Adair's novel. I really enjoyed reading from his view point. In The Taker we are introduced to him and we get a general idea about him, but it was from Lanny's point of view, we as readers only knew him through Lanny. This was not a bad thing. I think it's a wonderful example of Alma's gift at story telling. However with The Reckoning, it's Adair we are hearing from, his emotions we get to experience and know. There were so many things that I was shocked to realize about Adair, that I didn't know about in The Taker. Things about him that I would not have guessed. This is because it wasn't something Lanny knew, wasn't something she would have thought of. Adair is a very multidimensional character. Someone at one point said that The Reckoning changed their mind and they actually liked Adair. I don't know that I would go that far personally. But there were definitely some changes in my mind regarding Adair. I think what I liked THE best in The Reckoning, was the way emotions were described and how essential they were to the story. Fear, anger, lust, love, grief, joy, guilt, are what make up this novel. Decisions are made on based on these emotions. Rarely is there rational thought (it's not totally absent mind you), when it came to responding to a situation. This may be a common characteristic in most fiction, but it was more potent in The Reckoning. All those emotions are believable. Every single one. You can feel the rage coming from Adair followed by his guilt and confusion. You experience Lanny's unbearable fear and extreme panic. Luke's heartbreak is agonizing and you can't help but to want to make it better. There was a multitude of emotions in this book and they were sometimes overwhelming, but I would never suggest that any of it be taken out. They completely necessary. It's what makes the story and the characters believable. Overall, The Reckoning was amazing. A perfect addition to The Taker trilogy. If you haven't read The Taker, then you should. Because it to is amazing. A compelling story with beautiful writing! I have admit that I am SO eager for The Decent to see where this story goes and how it ends.
Date published: 2012-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great 2nd to the series The Reckoning starts off with Lanny and Luke looking at the souvenirs that Lanny decided to donated to the museums. Lanny learns that Adair has broken through his cement tomb that she had locked him in. We learned more about Adair's history and Alma wrote his character in such a way that I have started to kinda of sort of liked him. Which I am not happy about because I hated him in The Taker. I think enjoyed The Reckoning more than The Taker I think - they may be tied I haven’t fully decided yet. I liked learning about Lanny and Adair's history. It gave more insight on each of them and why they made the decisions that they have made. Characters that I thought were good weren't and those who I thought were bad petty much stayed bad they didn't jump on the good train which some I was hoping that they would see the light by not having to deal with Adair anymore. Most adult novels lose my interest but Alma's writing keeps everything fresh and she explains all the details with new characters and only introduces them when it really matters. I didn't have to think about what was happening I was able to enjoy and picture it in my mind vividly and enjoy the story as it unfolded. I still can't get over my feelings for Adair it scares me and I'm definitely scared on what feelings will come out for him in book 3. I am looking forward to see how the series will end. Who is Lanny going to stay/be with?
Date published: 2012-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm addicted! In this gorgeously written sequel to The Taker, Alma Katsu tells the story of Lanore, an immortal woman fleeing from the man she most fears: Adair, the powerful Adept who first gave her immortality, and the only one who can take it away. After two hundred years of captivity thanks to Lanore, Adair is free and seeking revenge. As Lanore runs from place to place, seeking the help of other immortals along the way, never knowing who to trust, her journey to escape her fate is like a journey through the seven layers of hell...if there was a demon at the bottom rushing up to meet you. Adair seeks Lanore relentlessly and the titular "reckoning" seems inevitable. The Reckoning is the second book in The Taker Trilogy, but it stands very well on its own. I received an advanced copy from the publisher and decided it would be a good idea to read the first book in the series first so I would understand the characters. I borrowed it from the library but The Taker lay unopened on my nightstand while I devoured The Reckoning. I simply couldn't put it down, even long enough to read the prequel. I'm sure I would have had different opinions of the characters if I had read the books in sequence, but it was easy to follow the second book as a stand alone novel. Alma Katsu proves the notion that any genre, well written, can be accessible to almost any reader. I don't read a lot of fantasy novels, but this one was amazing. The writing was rich, satisfying and convincing. Alma Katsu created characters who go to the bathroom, so to speak. Okay, I'm not sure if the immortal characters actually need to go to the bathroom, but what I mean is that her characters, though supernatural, are still very real. When Adair emerges after two centuries of captivity, he obviously needs to learn everything about the new world and its technology, but it isn't computers or cars which most impress him but box spring mattresses and socks ("like little gloves for my feet"). These kinds of details are enchanting and make me trust that the writer has thought of everything. Having said that, there are some pretty graphic scenes of sexual violence in the book that are uncomfortable to read and not for the squeamish. It's not a book I would recommend to a teen audience (nor is it intended for them), but the violent scenes--though graphic--are not as gratuitous or pornographic as, say, Angela Alsaleem's Women Scorned or Stieg Larsson's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I was up very late finishing this book and immediately began reading the first in the series, The Taker. So far it seems I haven't lost anything from reading them out of sequence, though I would highly recommend picking up a copy of The Taker now so that you've read it by the time The Reckoning is available (but go ahead and pre-order The Reckoning!). Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through in exchange for an honest (though not necessarily favourable) review. The opinions expressed are strictly my own.
Date published: 2012-04-16

Editorial Reviews

Looking for a good read? Get ready to hear about a time-transcending page turner. Two years ago,having just finished The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice and The Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer, I was still hungry for more of the supernatural. My only hesitation was that I wanted something a little more plausible than blood-sucking vampires. As fate would have it, I stumbled upon The Taker by Alma Katsu. Dutifully, I checked reviews before purchasing the book. How I hadn’t heard of it prior to then is beyond me, as the book was insanely well-received and only growing in popularity. I took the novel home and was blown away by the captivating story of an impressionable young woman, the “Adonis” who she falls in love with and the “monster” who falls in love with her. Lanore, Jonathan and Adair had me spellbound like no other characters have. The Taker satiated my need for the supernatural, but was unique in it’s portrayal of everlasting love and unrelenting obsession, both of which know no boundaries for these characters. The second installment, The Reckoning, was equally fascinating—the never-ending love chase propelling the jump between several different time periods and beautiful locations all over the world. Finally, the end of this twisted tale will come to an end with Katsu’s final installment, The Descent.