The Taker: Book One of the Taker Trilogy by Alma KatsuThe Taker: Book One of the Taker Trilogy by Alma Katsu

The Taker: Book One of the Taker Trilogy

byAlma Katsu

Paperback | March 27, 2012

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In the tradition of Anne Rice and Elizabeth Kostova comes a hauntingly atmospheric tale spanning several lifetimes—a love story featuring alchemy, lust, and betrayal.

True love can last an eternity . . . but immortality comes at a price.

On the midnight shift at a hospital in rural St. Andrew, Maine, Dr. Luke Findley is expecting a quiet evening. Until a mysterious woman arrives in his ER, escorted by police—Lanore McIlvrae is a murder suspect—and Luke is inexplicably drawn to her. As Lanny tells him her story, an impassioned account of love and betrayal that transcends time and mortality, she changes his life forever. . . . At the turn of the nineteenth century, when St. Andrew was a Puritan settlement, Lanny was consumed as a child by her love for the son of the town’s founder, and she will do anything to be with him forever. But the price she pays is steep—an immortal bond that chains her to a terrible fate for eternity.
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 Taker: Book One of the Taker TrilogyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 1.3 inPublished:March 27, 2012Publisher:Gallery BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1439197067

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love it!! Read the Taker and The Reckoning in a few days, only downfall is I had to wait for a year for the Decent. Awesome Trilogy!!
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mr Excellent. Well written. A great imagination.
Date published: 2013-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderfully addictive Now this is how a supernatural romance is written! I finished this book with many unanswered questions, until I found out that it was to be a trilogy, news to which I rejoiced! This is a wonderful weaving of supernatural historical fiction with a bit of romance thrown in. ***Spoilers below!**** I liked Lanny‘s character, but I got fed up with her undying devotion to Jonathan, a man she knows will never love her the way she loves him. I actually felt quite bad for Jonathan as Lanny makes a choice for him that is irreversible and one he probably wouldn’t have chosen on his own. Near the end of the book I realized that the titular “Taker” is actually Lanny herself, not Adair, as one guesses throughout the story. I am very much looking forward to the next installment!
Date published: 2012-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun read! Good summer read. The kind of book you don't want to put down!
Date published: 2012-06-23

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.