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The Taker

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The Taker

Book One of the Taker Trilogy

By Alma Katsu

Pocket Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9781451676457, 592pp.

Publication Date: February 26, 2013

A mesmerizing (Booklist, starred review) and haunting love story that spans 200 years, The Taker blends immortality, alchemy, sensuality, and betrayal into an unforgettable tale.
True love can last an eternity . . . but immortality comes at a price..
On the midnight shift at a hospital in rural St. Andrew, Maine, Dr. Luke Findley is expecting a quiet evening. Until a mysterious woman arrives in his ER, escorted by police Lanore McIlvrae is a murder suspect and Luke is inexplicably drawn to her. As Lanny tells him her story, an impassioned account of love and betrayal that transcends time and mortality, she changes his life forever. . . . At the turn of the nineteenth century, Lanny was consumed as a child by her love for the son of St. Andrew's founder, and she will do anything to be with him forever. But the price she pays is steep an immortal bond that chains her to a terrible fate.

Praise For The Taker

"A haunting tale of passion, obsession, and immortal longing. The Taker is unlike any other novel I have read: a gothic historical with a searing modern twist that will captivate your imagination and keep you reading long into the night." —C.W. Gortner, author of THE TUDOR SECRET

“Absolutely one of the best books [I] read in 2011.” —Just Another Story

“The Taker by Alma Katsu has literally left me speechless! [Katsu] mix[es] just the right amount of history, magic, and suspense…The only way to fully understand the magic of The Taker is to go and pick up a copy for yourself!” —Browsing Bookshelves