I am excited to welcome author Alma Katsu, author of the fabulously new Taker novel, The Reckoning.
Magic, love and longing come together in The Taker, the stunning tale of a mysterious young woman, Lanore, and an unwitting Maine doctor who falls into her world, a hidden world that exists outside the boundaries of time. Part old-world fairy tale, part dark love story, The Taker Trilogy is an exploration of love in all its forms, its depths as well as its heights, and asks the question: what would you be willing to do to be loved forever?
Lauded for its rich prose, The Taker was chosen by BOOKLIST as one of the top ten debut novels of 2011. The Reckoning, second book in the trilogy, has already been named a Top Pick for June by RT Magazine.
Make sure you stick around to the end. We’ll be giving away .
I’m thrilled to be at Literary Escapism today as I think readers here will find my books to their liking. The Taker and The Reckoning, coming out on June 19, are paranormal, but not the kind of paranormal you’ve probably seen before. As a matter of fact, readers frequently tell me that The Taker wasn’t anything like they expected, and that they’d never read a book like it.
The Taker books are a combination of historical, fantasy and horror or paranormal, all centered around a dark love story. There’s one book The Taker has been compared to, and that’s Interview With The Vampire. Even though my novel has nary one vampire in it, it does have a protagonist condemned to life forever, trying to make sense of the gift/curse she’s been given.
In The Taker, the main character, Lanore McIlvrae wants only one thing: to be with the man she loves, Jonathan St. Andrew. And, of course, he is the one thing she cannot have. As she struggles to get on with her life, she falls in with Adair, a man with impossible powers, including the ability to grant eternal life. In this case, immortality is conferred through a magical elixir but there’s a catch: the person being made immortal is bound forever to whoever gives them a dose of the elixir. Lanore seizes this opportunity to bind Jonathan to her forever. She steals Adair’s elixir—stealing magic from the gods, as it were—and makes Jonathan hers. . . with tragic consequences.
Another reason for the comparison with Interview is, I think, because of The Taker’s villain, Adair. He’s been called a 21st century Lestat. If you like dark bad boys, you will probably love Adair. He’s more than evil. He’s charming, seductive, powerful—but oh so human. He dares to make himself vulnerable to Lanore, to his downfall. She manages to stop him—to stop the unstoppable—in order to save Jonathan, and herself. In The Reckoning two centuries of freedom come to an end as Adair escapes from his prison. She knows Adair will come for her, and she has no idea how to stop him a second time.
Meet Alma Katsu!
Alma Katsu is a former career intelligence analyst turned novelist. She recently left CIA after 29 years as a senior intelligence analyst when The Taker Trilogy was sold to Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster (North America) and Random House UK (World). She’s currently working on The Descent, the last book in the trilogy, a YA novel and a screenplay for a spy movie. She lives in northern Virginia with her husband, musician Bruce Katsu, and their two whippets.
Thank you Alma for taking the time to stop by Literary Escapism!
Alma is giving away a signed copy of The Taker. To enter, all you have to do is answer this one question: Would you be willing to do anything to ensure someone stays with you forever? Remember, you must answer the question in order to be entered.
Today, we’re offering a chance to get your name in the hat twice by joining Alma’s mailing list. Simple add your email here and then leave a second comment saying you joined. Easy peasy. You can still help support the author by sharing their article, and this contest, on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, or anywhere you can. After all, the more people who are aware of this fabulous author ensures we get more fabulous stories.
The winner must post a review of the novel someplace. Whether it is on their own blog, Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing or wherever, it doesn’t matter. Just help get the word out.
The contest will stay open until June 21st at which time I’ll determine the winner with help from the snazzy new plug-in I have.