The Reckoning

Book Two of the Taker Trilogy

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.

Lanore McIlvrae is the kind of woman who will do anything for love. Including imprisoning the man who loves her behind a wall of brick and stone.

She had no choice but to entomb Adair, her nemesis, to save Jonathan, the boy she grew up with in a remote Maine town in the early 1800s and the man she thought she would be with forever. But Adair had other plans for her. He used his mysterious, otherworldly powers to give her eternal life, but Lanore learned too late that there was a price for this gift: to spend eternity with him. And though he is handsome and charming, behind Adair’s seductive façade is the stuff of nightmares. He is a monster in the flesh, and he wants Lanore to love him for all of time.

Now, two hundred years after imprisoning Adair, Lanore is trying to atone for her sins. She has given away the treasures she’s collected over her many lifetimes in order to purge her past and clear the way for a future with her new lover, Luke Findley. But, while viewing these items at an exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Lanore suddenly is aware that the thing she’s been dreading for two hundred years has caught up to her: Adair has escaped from his prison. He’s free— and he will come looking for her. And she has no idea how she will save herself.

With the stunningly imaginative storytelling and rich characterizations that fascinated readers worldwide and made The Taker a singular and memorable literary debut and an international sensation, Alma Katsu once again delivers “a powerful evocation of the dark side of romantic love” (Publishers Weekly) in her breathtaking new novel.

Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for The Reckoning includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Alma Katsu. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


In the sequel to Alma Katsu’s riveting debut novel, The Taker, The Reckoning opens with Lanore embarking on a new life—attending a museum exhibit showcasing a collection of her lost nineteenth-century treasures with Luke who has fallen both into her immortal, hidden world and in love. She has seemingly outrun her past and has broken free from Adair’s eternal power, imprisoning him over two hundred years ago. Yet when Adair breaks free from his cell, a treacherous hunt begins; one that will surely end in bloodshed. As Adair regains his strength and struggles to adapt to modernity, he vows vengeance against his once-beloved Lanny. Flashbacks to past centuries, dark magic, and wanton violence pepper The Reckoning as it swells to an intense showdown between Lanny and Adair. In the moment of truth, Adair must choose to put aside his feelings for Lanny in order to exact his revenge, or to forgive her betrayal and try to win back her love.

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About the Author

Alma Katsu
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Alma Katsu

Alma Katsu was born in Alaska and raised near Concord, Massachusetts. She has a BA in writing from Brandeis University and an MA from the Johns Hopkins Writing Program. She lives with her husband in Virginia. Visit her online at or follow her on Twitter.