Would you want to live forever?

We are super excited about the September release of Alma Katsu’s debut novel The Taker.

Publisher’s Weekly summed it up best in their starred review:

“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.”

The blogosphere is already buzzing. Check out some of the advance blogger reviews for The Taker:

Historical Novel Review says:

“The story is revealed at a slow, but steady pace that grasps the reader’s interest and attention with every page read.”

Melanie’s Book Addiction says:

“The Taker is an unforgettable love story with a great twist that takes you on a journey through time.  It’s one of those books you want to read slowly in order to make it last longer.  Katsu has created an amazing debut novel.”

Vamps, Weres and Cassay says:

“Lanny’s one of my favourite characters in the book. I think it’s mostly because Alma wrote her so well that you felt Lanny’s pain or joy.”

Books Bound says:

“I enjoyed this novel for many reasons – one of the main ones being its sense of time and place. Of course, the building excitement was good too! Also, I just found out that The Taker is book one of a trilogy! I thought while reading it that there would be more to this story! YAY!”

Just Another Story says:

“I am so glad that I got to read this book. SO glad. Alma Katsu took me for a literary ride that I will never forget.”

A Bookworm’s World says:

“Alma Katsu has crafted an addicting tale that’s hard to define. It’s paranormal, but without the use of creatures – simply immortality. There’s history, mystery and yes, romance.”

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