The Taker by Alma Katsu
Book One of the Taker Trilogy

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“Alma Katsu’s searing tale of otherworldly lovers and eternal obsession will seduce you from page one. With its elegant prose and riveting plot, The Taker is as irresistible as the hauntingly beautiful, pleasure-seeking immortals who scorch its pages” (Kresley Cole, New York Times bestselling author of the Immortals After Dark series).

Combining the historical, supernatural, and fantasy in one stunning tale, The Taker centers on a mysterious young woman, Lanore, and an unwitting Maine doctor who falls into her world, a hidden world that exists outside the boundaries of time. In this magical realm, where the predatory use pleasure to corrupt the innocent, Lanore’s incredible devotion to Jonathan, her first true love, captures the attention of Adair, the dangerous man who rules this world, and ignites within him an all-consuming desire to possess her.
 

About Alma Katsu

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Alma Katsu made her fiction debut in 2011 with The Taker. Born in Alaska and raised near Concord, Massachusetts, she holds a B.A. from Brandeis University and an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins writing program. She lives with her husband in Virginia.Visit her online at AlmaKatsu.com.
 
Published September 6, 2011 by Gallery Books. 450 pages
Genres: History, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Although Jonathan was happy to acknowledge her love, he never exactly returned it, and her tempestuous tale takes her from romantic disappointments, crises and encounters with evil to a genre-crossing exile in Boston, where she’s taken in by the Mephistophelean savior who’ll become her fate: Coun...

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Decadent and domineering, Adair took Lanny as his mistress—a role she accepted until Adair's scheme to use her true love, Jonathan, to perpetuate his unnatural existence forced her to a desperate ruse to thwart his formidable magic powers.

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Book Reporter

On the day Lanny tells Jonathan she’s pregnant, he tells her he can’t be with her.

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The Bookbag

Desperate to escape, Lanny quickly asks for Luke's help, but he is not sure at first, so Lanny decides to tell Luke her life story, a story that begins in the early Puritan settlement of St Andrews in 1809 and spans nearly two hundred years, taking Lanny from her home to Boston and beyond.

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Huffington Post

They're instantly familiar with readers, as though any new book with "daughter" or "wife" in the title was somehow distantly related to that book they enjoyed last year with the similar title and should be given the benefit of the doubt, like a long lost cousin suddenly shown up on your doorstep.

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Fiction Vixen

In this instance, it comes from a conversation between Lanore and Luke, one of the present-day characters, about her relationship with Jonathan: “I’ve always wanted him to love me the way I loved him.

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Love Vampires

For readers looking for more of a serious read than fantasy or horror fiction usually provides this book is well worth checking out… LoveVampires Review Rating: Related Links Read an excerpt and find out more about this book at the author’s website.

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BookRack

While helping Lanny, she tells him the story of her life and love for Jonathan, and the readers are drawn back and forth in the book from the 1800’s to present day.

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Annenberg Digital News

At first, the novel might appear to be a simple story about a young girl’s unrequited love, but the author complicates the story by adding immortality and dark magic.

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TimeFinders Magazine

Katsu’s writing is exceptionally good and Lanore, Jonathan and Adair are gripping characters who will leave most lovers of paranormal tales enthralled.

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