"The only man who can help her is the one who could also destroy her...."
Reviewed by Debbie Wiley
Posted January 2, 2014
Lanore McIlvrae has been haunted by dreams of Jonathan and
only one person can help her...
Lanore is once again alone in the world and grieving the
loss of her companion. Little by little she realizes
through the haze of sorrow that the nightmares are not
subsiding but are instead increasing in intensity. What if
Jonathan truly is held captive by the Queen of the
Underworld? Can Lanore live with herself if Jonathan is
being endlessly tortured? Only one person can help her...
it will require her finding and asking the mercurial Adair
for a favor. Will Lanore risk the very freedom she has
fought for in order to save Jonathan?
THE DESCENT is the third book in a series and this is a
series that absolutely must be read in order. The character
development and world building have been carefully crafted
over the course of the series to bring us to this phenomenal
conclusion to the trilogy. The sheer brilliance of THE
DESCENT will be somewhat dimmed if one hasn't read just how
cleverly Alma Katsu has shaped her world as THE DESCENT
makes me want to reread the entire series all over again in
light of the new information.
THE DESCENT just blows me away with the beauty and
creativity of the world building and how the characters fit
into the world. I have to admit that it was only the lyrical
writing style of Alma Katsu that kept me reading past the
first book, THE TAKER, as Adair's brutality was hard to
stomach. However, THE DESCENT pulls it all together and
brings the story full circle so that we truly can understand
the characters and their motivations. It's brilliant!
THE DESCENT is a masterful conclusion to what may be one of
the best trilogies I've ever read. Alma Katsu's lyrical
writing style makes The Taker trilogy one of those
that lingers in your mind long after you have finished
reading it. I only hope we see more stories in her magical
world, particularly one about that oh so mysterious island
Adair was living on. THE DESCENT is highly recommended!
The final installment in the “mesmerizing” (Booklist,
starred review) and addictive trilogy—find out who truly
holds the key to Lanny’s heart and whether she’ll be
reunited with her beloved in this gripping supernatural tale
of magic, lust, and longing.
Lanore McIlvrae has been
on the run from Adair for hundreds of years, dismayed by his
mysterious powers and afraid of his
violent—even murderous—temper. She
betrayed Adair’s trust and imprisoned him behind a stone
wall to save Jonathan, the love of her life. When Adair was
freed 200 years later, she was sure that he would find her
and make her existence a living hell. But things turned out
far different than she’d imagined.
later, Lanore has tracked Adair to his mystical island home,
where he has been living in self-imposed exile, to ask for a
favor. She wants Adair to send her to the hereafter so she
may beg the Queen of the Underworld to release Jonathan,
whom she has been keeping as her consort. Will Lanore honor
her promise to Adair to return? Or is her intention to
reunite with Jonathan at any cost?
Of all the
forces of the universe, the most mysterious, confounding,
and humbling is the power of love. The epic story of love
and loss, magic and destiny that began with The Taker
and sparked a chase around the world in The Reckoning
comes to a surprising conclusion with The Descent.
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