Taker Trilogy

7 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 632 ratings

The Taker Publisher's Summary

True love can last an eternity... but immortality comes at a price.

On the midnight shift at a hospital in rural Maine, Dr. Luke Findley is expecting another quiet evening of frostbite and the occasional domestic dispute. But the minute Lanore McIlvrae—Lanny—walks into his ER, she changes his life forever.

A mysterious woman with a past and plenty of dark secrets, Lanny is unlike anyone Luke has ever met. He is inexplicably drawn to her... despite the fact that she is a murder suspect with a police escort. And as she begins to tell her story, a story of enduring love and consummate betrayal that transcends time and mortality, Luke finds himself utterly captivated.

Her impassioned account begins at the turn of the nineteenth century in the same small town of St. Andrew, Maine, back when it was a Puritan settlement. Consumed as a child by her love for the son of the town’s founder, Lanny will do anything to be with him forever. But the price she pays is steep—an immortal bond that chains her to a terrible fate for all eternity. And now, two centuries later, the key to her healing and her salvation lies with Dr. Luke Findley.

Part historical novel, part supernatural thriller, The Taker is an unforgettable tale about the power of unrequited love not only to elevate and sustain, but also to blind and ultimately destroy, and how each of us is responsible for finding our own path to redemption.

©2011 Alma Katsu (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
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  • Book 1

    • The Taker

    • By: Alma Katsu
    • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
    • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 379
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 339
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 340

    On the midnight shift at a hospital in rural Maine, Dr. Luke Findley is expecting another quiet evening of frostbite and the occasional domestic dispute. But the minute Lanore McIlvrae—Lanny—walks into his ER, she changes his life forever. A mysterious woman with a past and plenty of dark secrets, Lanny is unlike anyone Luke has ever met. He is inexplicably drawn to her...despite the fact that she is a murder suspect with a police escort.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Left wanting something more...

    • By Jodie on 10-25-11

    Regular price: $28.30

    • The Taker

    • By: Alma Katsu
    • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
    • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 4

    AN IMMORTAL LOVE STORY. Have you ever loved someone so much that you'd do anything for them? When Dr Luke Findley turns up to his hospital shift in the small town of St Andrews, Maine, he's expecting just another evening of minor injuries and domestic disputes. But instead, Lanore McIlvrae walks into his life - and changes it forever. For Lanny is a woman with a past...Lanny McIlvrae is unlike anyone Luke has ever met.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not my kind of book

    • By Valerie on 03-23-12

    Regular price: $24.88

  • Book 2

    • The Reckoning

    • By: Alma Katsu
    • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
    • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 147
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 142

    Alma Katsu delivers the highly anticipated follow-up to her haunting novel about an immortal woman learning firsthand that the heart wants what the heart wants...no matter how high the stakes. Fans of The Taker can finally indulge in their next juicy fix with the second book of the trilogy, The Reckoning. In this gripping, pulse-pounding supernatural sequel, discover what happens to Lanny, Luke, Adair - and Jonathan. The Reckoning picks up where The Taker leaves off, following Lanny on her path to redemption.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • i can't wait for the third book!

    • By JanBreesmom on 07-19-12

    Regular price: $22.63

    • The Reckoning

    • By: Alma Katsu
    • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
    • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    For 200 years she's been hiding. He gave her immortality. She tried to destroy him. Now he is searching for her. They must not meet. Or there will be a Reckoning.

    Regular price: $22.71

  • Book 2.5

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  • Book 3

    • The Descent

    • The Taker Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Alma Katsu
    • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
    • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 99
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 96
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 95

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Unusual, Haunting and Poetic...

    • By Aimee on 03-13-14

    Regular price: $22.67

    • The Descent

    • By: Alma Katsu
    • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
    • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    We had a tangled history, Adair and I. He had been my lover and my teacher, master to my slave. We had literally been prisoners to one another. Somewhere along the way he fell in love with me, but I was too afraid to love him in return. Afraid of his unexplainable powers, and his furious temper. Afraid of what I knew he was capable of and what even he himself didn’t know he could do. I ran away to follow a safer path with a man I could understand.

    Regular price: $20.65