REVIEW: The Reckoning (Taker #2) by Alma Katsu

ADULT CONTENT. NOT FOR CHILDREN OR YOUNG ADULTS.

DON’T READ IF YOU HAVE NOT YET READ THE TAKER!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars, Genre: Fiction, Pages: 346, Level: Intermediate

Book Description from Barnes & Noble:

Love saved her soul… but the shadows of the past condemn her.

THE RECKONING

In this “rich, satisfying, and gorgeously written sequel” (Chapters) to her acclaimed debut novel, The Taker, Alma Katsu pairs a mysteriously alluring young woman with an ER doctor from rural Maine on a harrowing, passion fueled chase that transcends the boundaries of time.

With Dr. Luke Findley by her side, Lanore McIlvrae imprisoned her immortal enemy and has embarked on a new life; now all of London is clamoring to see the Victoria and Albert Museum’s “mystery” exhibit- Lanny’s collections of lost nineteenth-century treasures, including the last precious gift given to her by Jonathan, the man who owns her heart for eternity. But the portal to her past opens once more, as Adair, the Taker, crashes into the twenty-first century to hunt down Lanny and exact revenge for her heartless betrayal- the price she must pay for an endless love.

The Reckoning is the second book in The Taker Trilogy. Adair escapes the prison in which Lanny placed him and is ready to punish her. First he has to find his books of spells, learn how to operate in a new world, get money to support himself and then he will be ready to find Lanny and rain upon her the numerous punishments he thinks she deserves.

Things come a little too easy in some sections of the book. For example, Adair finds Jude immediately after being released (at least his rescuer’s boots were not Adair’s exact size). Adair finds one of his books is only an hour away from where Jude lives and coincidentally, the second book is there as well even though its original hiding place was destroyed in a war. I understand Katsu needed to get Adair up and running again quickly, but maybe she could have accomplished that some other way. When he goes to Lanny’s hometown, he finds what he is looking for on the very day he arrives. When Adair goes looking for the spell to switch bodies, the girl who has it knows what he wants before he says anything and hands it over before he can even ask. It is not a big deal, but it was a little distracting when I kept thinking, “Yeah, right…”

There is one blatant inconsistency that bothers me. When Adair tells the story about how he was initially turned, he and his maker did not speak the same language and did not understand each other. But after Adair was turned, he automatically understood his maker and could speak his maker’s language without even trying. However, later in the book, none of the others have this talent. This skill appears again at the very end with only Lanny, so maybe something in the third book will reveal why this is so. However, since there was no further explanation, it felt inconsistent and used as an easy solution to a language barrier. If that had been one of the benefits of the spell, it would have been more consistent and believable.

Katsu takes us back and forth in time again, telling some more of Lanny and Adair’s history. That was extremely interesting. I also enjoyed reading about Luke and the consequences of his decision to help Lanny where his family is concerned, not to mention a small glimpse of his ex-wife and her reaction to the little she knew.

There is violence, sex, grave robbing, murder and rape in The Reckoning, though not as frequently or as graphic as in The Taker. Despire that, it is an interesting story for different reasons than its predecessor. Revisiting old characters two hundred years later and seeing how they changed was captivating- going from horse and carriage to airplanes. You also get more of the characters’ history although there is still the possibility that the stories are not entirely accurate. And since it is a trilogy, Katsu still has one more book to close things out.

Reviewed by Christina

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