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The Taker

by Alma Katsu

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I liked how atmospheric this was- handling the mood and description of several historical periods very well. I know this is going to turn into a popular success- how could it not? The span of history for the immortal protagonist, has that sexy whiff of vampire.
What's actually going on here does point to some vampire cliches- decadence and heightened senses, but the mythology underpinning it, and the particulars, are Katsu's own innovations. ( )
  ewillse | Mar 23, 2014 |
I liked how atmospheric this was- handling the mood and description of several historical periods very well. I know this is going to turn into a popular success- how could it not? The span of history for the immortal protagonist, has that sexy whiff of vampire.
What's actually going on here does point to some vampire cliches- decadence and heightened senses, but the mythology underpinning it, and the particulars, are Katsu's own innovations. ( )
  PatienceFortitude | Mar 6, 2014 |
I liked how atmospheric this was- handling the mood and description of several historical periods very well. I know this is going to turn into a popular success- how could it not? The span of history for the immortal protagonist, has that sexy whiff of vampire.
What's actually going on here does point to some vampire cliches- decadence and heightened senses, but the mythology underpinning it, and the particulars, are Katsu's own innovations. ( )
  PatienceFortitude | Mar 6, 2014 |
I liked how atmospheric this was- handling the mood and description of several historical periods very well. I know this is going to turn into a popular success- how could it not? The span of history for the immortal protagonist, has that sexy whiff of vampire.
What's actually going on here does point to some vampire cliches- decadence and heightened senses, but the mythology underpinning it, and the particulars, are Katsu's own innovations. ( )
  PatienceFortitude | Mar 6, 2014 |
Thrilling mix of good and evil, love and despair. Set in the northern woods of Maine, Boston and present day Paris. Keeps you wondering, hoping and wishing for more. I have heard it described as "Twilight for adults" not sure what that means exactly as I haven't fallen for the Twilight Series, but I will imagine this to be true! ( )
  booklovers2 | Mar 1, 2014 |
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PUBLISHERS WEEKLY review: "Katsu shows considerable skill in rendering a world where Adair's unspeakable evilness and Lanny's wild passion make the supernatural seem possible. The result is a novel full of surprises and a powerful evocation of the dark side of romantic love."
added by AlmaK | editPUBLISHERS WEEKLY (Jul 4, 2011)
 
BOOKLIST review (starred): "Katsu’s imaginative, wholly original debut is the story of Lanore McIlvrae, a young woman who is found in the Maine woods claiming she’s killed a man. When the police bring her to Dr. Luke Findley, she implores him to help her, claiming that she’s immortal and offering him proof. Lanore convinces him to help her escape police custody and begins to tell Luke her story. Raised in the Puritan community in St. Andrew, Maine, at the beginning of the nineteenth century, Lanore is just a girl when she falls in love with the preternaturally beautiful Jonathan St. Andrew. Lanore and Jonathan become friends, but his feelings never match hers. The two have an affair in their teens, and Lanore winds up pregnant. Knowing Jonathan’s family won’t allow him to marry her, Lanore’s parents send her away to Boston to have the child. There she falls under the sway of a powerful man, who gives her an unexpected gift and sets in motion the chain of events that will lead her to take a life almost two centuries later. Readers won’t be able to tear their eyes away from Katsu’s mesmerizing tale."

added by AlmaK | editBOOKLIST, Kristine Huntley (Jun 1, 2011)
 
"More than a wee bit dark and super sexy, this will impress all Twi-hards who like their heroes to have graduated high school."
added by AlmaK | editCosmopolitan UK, Debby McQuoid (Apr 14, 2011)
 
"Spookily captivating!"
added by AlmaK | editMarie Claire UK, Eithne Farry (Apr 4, 2011)
 
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Drawn to a woman who reveals herself to be immortal, Luke, a young doctor, hears the story of how she was abandoned by a lover 200 years earlier and abducted by a centuries-old Hungarian count who granted her eternal life.

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