Thursday, June 14, 2012

Review: The Reckoning by Alma Katsu

Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages: 352
Received: Borrowed from a friend

Release Date: June 19, 2012
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Goodreads Synopsis:

I turned to Luke and reached for him. My blood felt as though it had seized up in my veins.

“Lanny, what is it?” Luke asked.
I clutched his lapel desperately.
“It’s Adair. He’s free.”


He gave her immortality.
She tried to destroy him.
Now he is searching for her.
They must not meet.

Or there will be a RECKONING


Katsu's first book THE TAKER, took readers on a supernatural journey that was beautiful and scary at the same time. THE RECKONING continues this journey. Katsu's writing is beautiful and draws you into the story. It is impossible to turn away from everything that happens. 

This book starts a few months after THE TAKER has ended. We see Lanny settling into her new life with Luke. And then we find out that Adair has been released from his prison that Lanny created for him two hundred years earlier. I love that Katsu brings back Adair, he was such a big part of Lanny's past that I wonder how he will affect her present life.

In this story we get to see a lot more of Lanny's past life, seeing what she did following the imprisonment of Adair, all her travels and what happened to her. You also really get to see how she dealt with Jonathan leaving her alone for so long.  But what really made the book for me was learning a little more of Adair's history. I felt that Alma did an amazing job bringing readers into the mind of the most feared person of all time.

I felt that I really came to like Adair's character in this book. I really hope to get more of his story in the next book. He is a very complex character, and I really want to understand him more. Alma's characters are all so intense and are really what make the story. Adair was the main thing that kept me glued to the pages of this one, I really liked how Katsu incorporated the change that Adair must come to terms with. I found there was some good humour in Adair learning how to navigate in this new world with all the technology at hand.

I also liked that there were some new characters added into the mix. And that we got some history of a couple of the old characters as well, and you get a quick recap of what they went through since Adair was trapped.

If you haven't read THE TAKER yet, definitely pick it up, these are books that need to be read. Katsu's writing is just as beautiful in this book. I usually have high expectations when it comes to sequels and this book far surpasses those expectations. I can't wait to see what Katsu does next with these characters!


  1. Yay! Glad you liked this one as much as me! I found it so weird at first when I started liking Adair. I felt like I was betraying Lanny. Katsu definitely knows how to write complex characters!

  2. Woo! So happy to see that you loved this one too! There are a few of us Canadian bloggers who adore Alma and I feel like we are really helping to get her books out there =). You're so right about actually starting to like Adair in this book. Definitely one of the most complicated and interesting characters! It's so true that sequels often don't deliver the way the first book does and I totally agree that this one does =).



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