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
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!
How intense the book was
The whole series
I liked the whole series
Lovely and gripping reading to a Truly Original supernatural trilogy. The material and reading definitely takes one to new places, and force one to examine their own opinions about life love nature and the purpose of ones existence.
the taker series is by far the most well written, best story I've ever had the pleasure of reading... (or listening to)... it is also narrated with such passion, that you truly connect with each character. the descent is definitely the best book in the series. I just wish it was longer. I never wanted it to end. you will most surely not regret listening to these books. do not hesitate.... get it now!!
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.
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