REVIEW: The Descent (Taker #3) by Alma Katsu

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars, Genre: Fantasy, Pages: 352, Level: Intermediate

Book Description:

The final installment in the “mesmerizing” (Booklist, starred review) and addictive trilogy—find out who truly holds the key to Lanny’s heart and whether she’ll ever be reunited with her beloved in this gripping supernatural tale of magic, lust, and longing.

Lanore McIlvrae has been on the run from Adair for hundreds of years, dismayed by his mysterious powers and afraid of his temper. She betrayed Adair’s trust and imprisoned him behind a stone wall to save Jonathan, the love of her life. When Adair was freed 200 years later, she was sure that he would find her and make her existence a living hell. But things turned out far different than she’d imagined.

Four years later, Lanore has tracked Adair to his mystical island home, where he has been living in self-imposed exile, to ask for a favor. She wants Adair to send her to the hereafter so she may beg the Queen of the Underworld to release Jonathan, whom she has been keeping as her consort. Will Lanore honor her promise to Adair to return? Or is her intention to reunite with Jonathan at any cost?

Of all the forces of the universe, the most mysterious, confounding, and humbling is the power of love. The epic story of love and loss, magic and destiny that began with The Taker and sparked a chase around the world in The Reckoning comes to a surprising conclusion with The Descent.



The Descent was a decent ending to The Taker trilogy. At this point and due to the title of the last in the series, I don’t think it is a huge spoiler to say that The Descent is about Lanore’s trip to the afterlife. Angels/ demons is one of my favorite themes, so that pleased me greatly.

We get a little more information about Adair’s history, but not a complete one. Prequel maybe? That might be something about which I would like to read.

I also would have liked to know more about the afterlife. Maybe that will be coming soon as well.

The ultimate ending of Lanore and Adair’s story seems a bit cliché to me. If I remember correctly, it’s basically the same as that portrayed in the Fallen series and similar to that of Connor McCloud in the movie The Highlander. I would have liked to see it take a different direction, leaving it a little open ended with the possibility of continuing the series in a new setting.

Alma Katsu is absolutely a good writer. The editing was fantastic and the whole story intriguing. However, The Descent was a bit repetitive and not as captivating as its predecessors- not a botched series finale as with Sookie Stackhouse, but it definitely could have been better. In the end, I do recommend The Taker, The Reckoning and The Descent to more mature readers.

Reviewed by Christina
March 6, 2014

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