Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The Descent

Book Three of the Taker Trilogy

Alma Katsu

The final installment in the “mesmerizing” (Booklist, starred review) and addictive trilogy—find out who truly holds the key to Lanny’s heart and whether she’ll be reunited with her beloved in this gripping supernatural tale of magic, lust, and longing.

Lanore McIlvrae has been on the run from Adair for hundreds of years, dismayed by his mysterious powers and afraid of his
violent—even murderous—temper. She betrayed Adair’s trust and imprisoned him behind a stone wall to save Jonathan, the love of her life. When Adair was freed 200 years later, she was sure that he would find her and make her existence a living hell. But things turned out far different than she’d imagined.

Four years later, Lanore has tracked Adair to his mystical island home, where he has been living in self-imposed exile, to ask for a favor. She wants Adair to send her to the hereafter so she may beg the Queen of the Underworld to release Jonathan, whom she has been keeping as her consort. Will Lanore honor her promise to Adair to return? Or is her intention to reunite with Jonathan at any cost?

Of all the forces of the universe, the most mysterious, confounding, and humbling is the power of love. The epic story of love and loss, magic and destiny that began with The Taker and sparked a chase around the world in The Reckoning comes to a surprising conclusion with The Descent. (from Netgalley)

My Thoughts

It was with great anticipation that I opened this, the third and final book of The Taker’s Trilogy. I had grown to like the two main characters, Lanore and Adair - although I will admit it was not always easy to like Adair. I liked the way these two had grown and changed in books one and two. Could anyone help but wonder how it would all end? Would the author do justice to the story line or would I be disappointed?

I can only tell you that I was very pleased with how Ms. Katsu brought her tale to a close. I thought it was very smart and this third book answered many questions. When I started this trilogy, I had no idea how much I was going to enjoy it. I am very glad I was among the many readers who made the decision to pick up that first book and get drawn into the mystical world of Lanny and Adair.

Bravo, Ms. Katsu!

Many thanks to Gallery Books, via Netgalley, for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
Publish date: January 7, 2014.

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