On the schedule for today: A blog tour. And not just any blog tour, this one’s for Alma Katsu’s The Reckoning, the follow-up to The Taker!!
About Alma Katsu:
Alma Katsu lives outside of Washington, DC with her husband, musician Bruce Katsu. Her debut, The Taker, a Gothic novel of suspense, has been compared to the early work of Anne Rice and Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian. The novel was named a Top Ten Debut Novel of 2011 by the American Library Association and has developed an international following. The Reckoning, the second book in the trilogy, was published in June 2012. The Taker Trilogy is published by Gallery Books/Simon and Schuster.
Ms. Katsu is a graduate of the Master’s writing program at the Johns Hopkins University and received her bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University, where she studied with John Irving. She also attended the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.
Prior to publication of her first novel, Ms. Katsu had a long career as a senior intelligence analyst for several US agencies. Find her online at her website almakatsu.com, on facebook and on twitter.
About The Reckoning:
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.
Wow. The Reckoning takes off with a bang – Lanore is at a museum exhibit when she once again feels Adair’s presence in her head. Trying to outrun his reach will be futile, so she sends Luke back to his family.
Themes of unrequited love flow through The Reckoning, fast and furious – and in its wake come disappointment, disillusionment, anger, remorse, and – hopefully – redemption. I never thought I’d say this, but I like the Adair we end up with in The Reckoning. I may actually even like this Lanore a lot – she didn’t have much in the way of “good” qualities in The Taker, other than to get Jonathan out of Adair’s grasp. Here though, there’s a growing realization that she acted out of her own selfish desires, no matter what she told herself before.
If you thought The Taker was engrossing, you’ll have to pick up The Reckoning – it will have you flipping pages as fast as you can, as you inhale Adair’s history, Lanore’s inevitable heading to Adair, and Luke’s realization that his love pales in comparison to a two-hundred-year-old threat. I cannot wait to see where Alma Katsu brings this story next!
drey’s rating: Excellent!
Have you read The Reckoning? What did you think?