The Taker

The Taker : Book One of the Taker Trilogy

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"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 page-turner, "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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 438 pages
  • 162 x 235 x 34mm | 603g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 1439197059
  • 9781439197059
  • 1,458,539

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"This is a great book. And by great, I mean, devastatingly so, like reading "The Scarlet Letter", while riding a roller coaster, on acid. Seductive, daring, soaring, and ultimately gut-wrenching, "The Taker" is a lush, historical rendering of transcendent love, paranormal beings, and the depths of pain that can be felt by immortal hearts." --Jamie Ford, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet"
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2 9% (673)
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I truly believe that a good series needs a strong foundation, a clever and thoughtful star to help us connect with the characters and the story that will develop next. This is what happened with me and The Taker, I finished the book in less than two days and honestly I liked it a lot. What intrigued me the most is the lack of explanation for the immortality of characters like Lanore, Adair or Uzra. During a second I was worried they would be vampires (because I'm very tired of vampires right now...) but then no reasons or origin came to explain this other than alchemy. And I think that's brilliant. I mean, think about it, vampires are often tortured souls that seek forgiveness for their sin of killing to survive. In this case the characters can choose to follow their nature to survive, being good or bad is only a mere conception of the world. They don't need to kill to exist, but they can choose to do it if that's what they desire. As for the plot Alma Katsu did a marvelous job taking us from the present where Luke, a doctor that has suffered quite a bit lately, meets a girl, a murder suspect to be more precise. And after she introduces herself as Lanore she proceeds to tell him her story so he can help her escape. And this is were Ms. Katsu won my heart. Lanny's past was a intricate net of drama, love, despair, violence and survival. A tale of bad or desperate decisions that would lead to more problems for the girl to solve or simply live with. The cast of characters is vast and their past as marveling and tortured as Lanny's. Some I loved like my dear Uzra, but some I hated and feared for they were twisted and cruel like Adair. Although sometimes the pace was a little bit slow and the change between first and third person confused me at the beginning overall The Taker has been one of the best adult books I've read in a lot of time. A dark tale that is intended to a more mature audience as it shows the raw side of human nature. As for me I can't wait to continue with The Reckoning very soon :]show more
by Alaiel Kreuz
Dr. Luke Findley thought he knew the difference between life and death, and he was getting tired of this black-and-white life. When he watches murder suspect Lanny McIlvrae heal instantly before him, suddenly Luke's life takes a walk on the gray side. Before he stops to consider the consequences, Luke helps this mysterious young woman escape from the authorities and inexplicably tags along. While on the run, Lanny reveals her story which dates back to the early 1800s. It revolves around an unfortunate and unrequited love that leads to a life of immortality with an evil man and ends with Lanny left alone in the world, unloved but unable to die. The Taker is fantastic love story that is full of tragedy, and Alma Katsu captures the fragile beauty of Lanny's emotions and injects it with a dose of Faustian bargrain-making. The narration is absolutely mesmerizing that the pages turned by themselves, and I got lost within the mysterious and terrifying events that surround Lanny's past. I did not quite understand the role of Luke. He mostly served as Lanny's listening board, but I wished he had more of an impact to how Lanny's story ended. Of course, one can argue he DID impact it at the very end - but then again, I also wished the ending had played out differently. It felt a little too tidy and too perfect - and I wanted a little mess beforehand - a dramatic struggle or something - because it felt that Lanny's story is not quite over more
by theEPICrat
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