The Taker

Alma Katsu. S&S/Gallery, $25 (448p) ISBN 978-1-4391-9705-9
Alchemy and love prove a volatile mix in Katsu's vividly imagined first novel, which toggles between the present and the past. While working the graveyard shift at a rural Maine hospital, Dr. Luke Findley discovers that patient Lanny McIlvrae has miraculous self-healing powers. Lanny then relates the incredible tale of her life: sent packing to Boston by her family in 1817 to give birth to her illegitimate child, she fell in with the entourage of Count Adair, a centuries-old alchemist who saved her life with an elixir of immortality. Decadent and domineering, Adair took Lanny as his mistress—a role she accepted until Adair's scheme to use her true love, Jonathan, to perpetuate his unnatural existence forced her to a desperate ruse to thwart his formidable magic powers. Katsu shows considerable skill in rendering a world where Adair's unspeakable evilness and Lanny's wild passion make the supernatural seem possible. The result is a novel full of surprises and a powerful evocation of the dark side of romantic love. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 07/04/2011
Release date: 09/01/2011
Mass Market Paperbound - 592 pages - 978-1-4516-7645-7
Paperback - 504 pages - 978-0-09-955284-0
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Paperback - 464 pages - 978-1-4391-9706-6
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