Friday, January 03, 2014

The Descent by Alma Katsu - Book Review

I received a free copy of The Descent from the author for my honest review.


About the Book:

Alma Katsu's acclaimed trilogy—a supernatural epic that began with The Taker and sparked a chase around the world in The Reckoning—comes to a stunning conclusion, and brings Lanore McIlvrae to a final encounter with Adair, her powerful nemesis. Dismayed by Adair's otherworldly powers and afraid of his passionate temper, Lanore has run from him across time, even imprisoning him behind a wall for two centuries to save Jonathan, her eternal love. But instead of punishing her for her betrayal, Adair declared his love for Lanore once more and set her free.
Now, Lanore has tracked Adair to his mystical island home to ask for one last favor. The Queen of the Underworld is keeping Jonathan as her consort, and Lanore wants Adair to send her to the hereafter so that she may beg for his release. Will she honor her promise to return to Adair? Or is her true intention to be reunited with Jonathan at any cost?
About the Author:


Alma Katsu's debut, The Taker, has been compared to the early work of Anne Rice, Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian and Diana Gabaldon's Outlander for combining the historical, supernatural and fantasy in one story. The novel was named a Top Ten Debut Novel of 2011 by the American Library Association and rights have sold been in 16 languages. The Reckoning, the second book in the trilogy, was published in June 2012, and the third and final book, The Descent, will be published in January 2014. The Taker Trilogy is published by Gallery Books/Simon and Schuster and Century/Random House UK.
Ms. Katsu lives outside of Washington, DC with her husband, musician Bruce Katsu. In addition to her novels, Ms. Katsu has been a signature reviewer for Publishers Weekly and an occasional contributor to The Huffington Post. She is a graduate of the Master's writing program at the Johns Hopkins University and received her bachelor's degree from Brandeis University, where she studied with John Irving. She also attended the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.
Prior to publication of her first novel, Ms. Katsu had a long career as a senior intelligence analyst for several US agencies and is currently a senior analyst for a think tank. 
My Opinion:

This is the final volume in the trilogy that started with the very exciting The Taker. These books are far out of my usual reading box and I am so very glad I decided to take a leap into a genre I tend to avoid because if I hadn't I would have missed some good reading.

The Descent picks up where The Reckoning left off - I don't want to give any spoilers - so I'll just write that Lanore is once again adrift but now she is having nightmares showing her first love, Jonathan as being shackled and held by the Queen of the Underworld and even though she does not want him back in her life she feels she needs to do what she can to help him. The only way she can do that though, is with the help of Adair - the man who made her immortal, the man who loves her, the man who she fears most in the world. Can she face him with a request to help the man he despises because Lanny loves him and not Adair?

Lanny finds Adair on an island with two somewhat bizarre women and two goats. He is surprised to see her and torn by her request. He wants to help her to show that he's a changed man but doesn't want to lose her. He agrees if, and only if she promises to return. She does but things don't work out quite as either one of them planned.

As with the first two books the writing is powerful. It pulls you into the story from the very first; from the descriptions of Adair's island to the demons in the underworld the words flow to produce vivid images as you read. The characters are all familiar by this third installment and it's a book that showcases their maturity and growth. The overall result is a theme that showcases the power of love from its most destructive to its most protective. A fitting conclusion to excellent series.

Rating:
4.5

You can read my review of The Taker
You can read my review of The Reckoning

You can pre-order The Descent on Amazon.com (releases on January 7, 2014)
You can purchase The Taker on Amazon.com
You can purchase The Reckoning on Amazon.com

Contest will start on 1/7/14

Be sure to stop back on January 7th - release day for The Descent - when I will have a special giveaway from Alma Katsu!

Disclosure: I received a free copy of The Descent from the author for my honest review. I received no compensation for this post.

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