Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Review - The Descent by Alma Katsu

The Descent
Book Three of the Taker Trilogy
By Alma Katsu
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pub. Date: January 7, 2014
ISBN: 978-1451651829
Pages: 352
Buy Links: Paperback, Kindle


I haven't been more exciting about reading a book than I have been with The Descent; book three of The Taker Trilogy. There was almost a year and a half gap between the second (The Reckoning) and the third book, The Descent, so I was patiently waiting on pins and needles for the release, which finally arrived back in January. Gallery Books kindly sent me a free copy to read and review, but, sadly, a few other books arrived before The Descent did; therefore it sat in the TBR pile longer than I wanted it to. I finally got around to reading it in late February.

There are have not been many books that have grabbed a hold of me within the first few pages, leaving the characters still in my mind years later. Alma Katsu has created a beautiful trilogy full of love, revenge, sacrifice and redemption. There has been an overload of vampire and werewolves books over the years and Alma Katsu gives us a refreshing supernatural love story without blood-sucking demons or shape-shifters.

The Taker Trilogy centers on Lanore "Lanny" McIlvrae, who fell in love with the charming, rich and older, Jonathan St. Andrew, at a young age during the 1800s. After becoming pregnant, her family sends her away to Boston to have the baby (which results in a miscarriage), but within minutes of arriving in Boston she meets the charming Adair, whom forever changes her life, introducing her to a world of immortality.

Adair is a troubling character and he can be quite deadly at times, but allows Lanny to bring Jonathan into their world. This would be her biggest mistake, as immortality wasn't something Jonathan actually wanted, resulting in his shocking death many years later.

Jonathan's death leads Lanny to meet Dr. Luke Findley, which after telling her life tale; the two fall in love and runaway together. Life takes a nasty turn, and Luke dies of cancer. Lanny tries to pick up the pieces, but out-of-nowhere, she begins having nightmares of her beloved Jonathan, who might be still be alive. Lanny has no other choice, but to ask Adair for help in traveling to the Underworld to retrieve Jonathan.

The Descent gives an emotional conclusion to Lanny's long journey of love and redemption. I hate to see her story end, but all good things must come to end. The Descent is a great ending to one of the best trilogies I have ever read. Alma Katsu is a wonderful author and I can't wait to see what stories she has up her sleeves next.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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