Thursday, 19 January 2012

Review:The Taker by Alma Katsu

Title: The Taker
Author: Alma Katsu
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Author
Publication Date:USA:Sept 6th 2011|UK:14th April 2011
Tell Me About It
Dr. Luke Findley is on the midnight shift in the emergency room when the police bring in a young woman. Few strangers come to this remote town in northernmost Maine in the winter, and this stranger is accused of a bizarre crime: killing a man and leaving his body in the Great North Woods. The young woman, Lanny, tells the doctor that she and the man in the woods lived in this town at its founding two hundred years ago, until fate sentenced them to an eternity of unhappiness until they atone for their sins.

The man in the woods is Jonathan, son of the town's founder, and the love of Lanny's life. After Lanny commits a terrible sin in the hope of claiming Jonathan for her own, she's banished from town and sent to Boston to serve her penance. In Boston, she falls in with a beguiling yet frightening man, Adair, who has otherworldly powers, including the ability to confer immortality. His world is one of unknown sensual pleasures and seemingly limitless power, but at what price?

Adair wants to add Jonathan to the collection of treacherous courtiers who do his bidding (but for unknown ends) and sends Lanny back to Maine to collect him. It seems like the answer to Lanny's deepest desire—to be with Jonathan forever—but once Jonathan has joined Adair's pack of immortals, she sees that Adair is not what he seems and his intentions toward Jonathan are far worse than she imagined. And now it is up to her to save her beloved—and herself—from a terrible fate designed to last for all eternity.
[from goodreads]
My Thoughts
I got my copy of this book from the author herself after she contacted me regarding a review and after having heard glowing praise of this book from my friend I accepted a copy.
From the moment I started The Taker I was introduced to the main character, Lanore, and Luke, who would later be he partner in crime and got to witness what makes Lanore so special, and the reasons for why she murdered Jonathan.
Lanore takes us on a journey, through the past to see her growing up with her Puritan family in St Andrew, Maine during the early 1800's.  We get to see her fall in love with Jonathan, someone who is beyond her reach, and have her heart broken, only to foolishly go back to him and end up bringing shame to her family.  She is shipped off to Boston and falls in with an unruly group of people who we later get to know better as Tilde, Alejandro, Dona, and their 'maker' Adair.

The Taker takes us on a journey full of intrigue, suspicion, secrets, lies and love.  We get to follow the emotional roller coaster of Lanore's feelings and thoughts as to what is happening, not only to her, but also around her and to people who come into contact with their little group.  The chapters are broken into differing time periods, present time being sparsely intersected between Lanore's past.  Although it took me a while to actually make a start on The Taker, and to also finish it, overall I thought it was a good read.  I felt that some parts of the past seemed to drag on a bit too long for my liking, but I really enjoyed the chapters in present day and am looking forward to seeing what else an happen next in Lanore's story.

1 comment:

  1. Can you believe I got a copy of the trade paper back of this just the other day for £2.50!
    I've had my eye on it for a while and I couldn't not buy it at that price!
    Thanks for the review.


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