4 of 5 stars
Reviewed by: Kathleen Richardson
is book 2 in "The Taker Trilogy" and is a long awaited sequel to the first thriller. You can find my review for The Taker in Further Reading as well.
The Reckoning is the story of Adair and his quest to find Lanore. The reckoning is referring to the 200 years Adair the Immortal was left bricked in a basement by Lanny. Adair is still a tyrant, but he is trying to reform because he believes he truly loves Lanny. The love comes because he respects the fact that Lanny is the only one to figure out his true identity, that he was indeed the villain of his life story, having switched bodies with the old Physic with his alchemical powers. Lanny stopped Adair's wicked rule so she and the rest of his creations could live life in freedom without being abused and she wanted to stop Adair from stealing the body of the uncannily beautiful Jonathan, the love of Lanny's life.
The minute Adair is freed from his century’s long prison all of his minions can feel a strong psychic signal from him that he is searching for them and looking to control them as he did in the past. No one feels the signal as strongly as Lanny as she is the one who captured him for 200 years and he is the one who seeks her to wreak revenge. We are reintroduced to the main players from The Taker and discover where they are living and what they've done with their 200 years of freedom. Some, such as Jude, have remained virtually unscathed and are fully productive members of contemporary society, and then there are others such as Alejandro who have been deeply scarred emotionally and psychologically and are still living as if controlled by Adair. Alejandro still worships Adair as if he were his slave although he has a successful photography studio and he hides his desperation well from the general public. Tilde is still evil and vengeful, living much as Adair did, constantly using others for her own gain. Savva is an old soul that we are introduced to and he has a serious drug and alcohol problem trying to block the memory of centuries of living on the edge and abuse.
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