Book Review: The Reckoning by Alma Katsu

Saturday, June 30, 2012 Posted by Dina N

Book Description

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.

My Thoughts
When I read The Taker, I was completely captivated by the story and impressed by Ms. Katsu's writing talent. It's hard to believe The Taker is her debut. The first book in the trilogy remains one of the best novels I read last year. I just could not wait to read the sequel. The Reckoning continues the story of Lenore who was made immortal by Adair, the Taker, two hundred years ago. Eternal life turns out to be more of a burden than a gift for Lenore. The love of her life is gone, Adair is free from the prison where she put him two centuries earlier, and she is on the run, scared to face his revenge.

The Reckoning continues to explore the many facets of love but focuses mainly on how it changes people. Even a villain can fall victim to unrequited love, and in The Reckoning the tables are turned for some of the characters. No one is more affected by love's power than Lenore and Adair - but I will not spoil the story for you by revealing too many details. There's enough background in The Reckoning to read it as a standalone book - still, if you've missed The Taker, read it before you move on to The Reckoning. You will not regret it. And yes, there's a third book in the making...

The Reckoning is new this month from Gallery Books.

Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation was obtained for this post. Cover art and book description courtesy of the publisher or PR firm.


  1. Patty Woodland said...

    I enjoyed it too and can't wait for the third book

  2. holdenj said...

    I have been holding off reading The Taker, so I can read them closer together. Sounds like I'll have to wait for number 3!

  3. Carol N Wong said...

    Glad that you enjoyed it Patty. My birds always do a double take at the cover.

  4. gahome2mom said...

    The cover sure looks captivating. gahome2mom/gmail/com

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