The Reckoning by Alma Katsu
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: June 2012
The Reckoning is the 2nd book in The Taker Trilogy. We resume company with Lanore and Luke shortly after the events of the first book. Lanny feels the reconnection of her psychic bond with Adair and realizes her must have been freed from the prison she created from him. She knows he's coming for her and the realization both frightens and excites her.
First, she has to settle things with Luke. Then she has to find the other members of Adair's entourage. She begins to see that while she was happy to be free of Adair and his imperious whims, the others were lost without Adair's rule. Despite all this, she tries to pump them regarding information about Adair and the possibility of breaking the curse of their immortality. Along the way, she realizes Adair truly loved her despite all the drama of their relationship.
Meanwhile, Adair is coming to terms with the modern world that engulfs him once he emerges from his prison. He is awestruck by the wizardry of the everyday items like cars, computers, the Internet, etc. (In my mind, this played out like Thor and his reaction to coffee.) Using the connection, he finds Jude and sets to work getting acclimated to the modern world and finding Lanore. In addition to finding his spell books and using new spells, Adair discovers and hones his increased capabilities in the dark arts leading to a discovery of a new entity that could spell trouble in his new world. Adair starts to realize that he might actually care for Lanore as something more than a sexual plaything or bonded sycophant.
The inevitable reunion between Lanore and Adair occurs in a manner neither of the two anticipated. Folded back into Adair's company against her will, Lanore chafes at even pretending to want to be around Adair. To her surprise, Adair has changed in ways beyond her comprehension.
In The Reckoning, we get more parts of Adair's story and start to see the events that shaped him into the man he became. If the first book was about Lanore, this book provide a fuller picture of Adair and his motivations. His change when he emerges in the modern era are startling but provide good context for his character development. Lanore is pretty much scrambling to outmaneuver him while still recovering from the demise of Jonathan. There were a couple of time where I started to wonder how one lived for so many centuries being so naive especially in regards to people who were reprobates when she knew them. The supporting members of Adair's entourage were the same old, same old. Overall, this was a great continuation of the series. Can hardly wait for book three.
** This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. **