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The Descent: The Taker Trilogy, Book 3 | [Alma Katsu]

The Descent: The Taker Trilogy, Book 3

Of all the universe's forces, the most mysterious, confounding, and humbling is the power of love. Alma Katsu's acclaimed trilogy - a supernatural epic that began with The Taker and sparked a chase around the world in The Reckoning - comes to a stunning conclusion, and brings Lanore McIlvrae to a final encounter with Adair, her powerful nemesis. Dismayed by Adair's otherworldly powers and afraid of his passionate temper, Lanore has run from him across time, even imprisoning him behind a wall for two centuries to save Jonathan, her eternal love.
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Of all the universe's forces, the most mysterious, confounding, and humbling is the power of love.

Alma Katsu's acclaimed trilogy - a supernatural epic that began with The Taker and sparked a chase around the world in The Reckoning - comes to a stunning conclusion, and brings Lanore McIlvrae to a final encounter with Adair, her powerful nemesis. Dismayed by Adair's otherworldly powers and afraid of his passionate temper, Lanore has run from him across time, even imprisoning him behind a wall for two centuries to save Jonathan, her eternal love. But instead of punishing her for her betrayal, Adair declared his love for Lanore once more and set her free.

Now, Lanore has tracked Adair to his mystical island home to ask for one last favor. The Queen of the Underworld is keeping Jonathan as her consort, and Lanore wants Adair to send her to the hereafter so that she may beg for his release. Will she honor her promise to return to Adair? Or is her true intention to be reunited with Jonathan at any cost?

©2013 Alma Katsu (P)2013 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    Aimee Manchaca, TX, United States 03-13-14
    Aimee Manchaca, TX, United States 03-13-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Unusual, Haunting and Poetic..."

    I'm not sure what all the low ratings I've seen for this book lately on Goodreads are about. I loved this book. I love this series, which I sometimes read and sometimes listened to in audiobook format. My favorite part of the whole thing is the author's style of writing; very elegant, very deep and poetic. So the ratings baffle me. I can only assume that people are so caught up in what's "expected" that they don't like it when something veers off course in the romance world.

    This book... no, this series is different. It's emotional, cerebral and thought provoking. It lingers inside your head. Poorly written books don't bother to hang around in your spongy brain matter or imprint themselves there permanently. Unless, of course they're traumatizingly awful. Books that are different stay with you. You ponder over them and think about them for days after you've read them; even if the story made you upset. That's the sign of a good book; when it can mash at all your buttons and stir you up in some way.

    This series is not like most of your other typical PNR's. In fact, labeling it is difficult because it crosses genres. I think this may be what bothers people; that they don't know what to expect from it; that it's unpredictable; that it's different. I, for one, like different, like the unexpected, like unpredictability, like books that cross genres and take you on a soul searching or philosophical journey.

    But I guess people are disappointed... since there are no vampires, werewolves, zombies or shifters. The heroine isn't some kickbutt, weapon wielding femme fatale; the hero (who is actually rather depraved and debauched in the first book) is not a warrior, alpha male with rippling abs and bulging muscles; and the plot and storyline are not cookie cutter. Go figure.

    I have this author, series and narrator (Laurel Lefkow) on my favorites list and wholeheartedly recommend it everyone. Different is good people! It's the best! Step out of your comfort zone!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Hernando, ms, United States 03-25-14
    Jessica Hernando, ms, United States 03-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    What did you love best about The Descent?

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    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Descent?

    The surprises


    What about Laurel Lefkow’s performance did you like?

    Good job


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The whole series


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the whole series

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    richard Ben Lomond, CA, United States 01-31-14
    richard Ben Lomond, CA, United States 01-31-14 Listener Since 2010

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    Has The Descent turned you off from other books in this genre?

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    This felt as if the author had to write a minimum of x words, so she threw in a bunch of not very related scenes to pad it out. The whole thing fell very flat for me, especially after the first two excellent books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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