Lanore McIlvrae is the kind of woman who will do anything for love. Including imprisoning the man who loves her behind a wall of brick and stone.
She had no choice but to entomb Adair, her nemesis, to save Jonathan, the boy she grew up with in a remote Maine town in the early 1800s and the man she thought she would be with forever. But Adair had other plans for her. He used his mysterious, otherworldly powers to give her eternal life, but Lanore learned too late that there was a price for this gift: to spend eternity with him. And though he is handsome and charming, behind Adair’s seductive façade is the stuff of nightmares. He is a monster in the flesh, and he wants Lanore to love him for all of time.
Now, two hundred years after imprisoning Adair, Lanore is trying to atone for her sins. She has given away the treasures she’s collected over her many lifetimes in order to purge her past and clear the way for a future with her new lover, Luke Findley. But, while viewing these items at an exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Lanore suddenly is aware that the thing she’s been dreading for two hundred years has caught up to her: Adair has escaped from his prison. He’s free— and he will come looking for her. And she has no idea how she will save herself.
I was so so excited when this book came in my mailbox! I read the first book in this trilogy, The Taker, a few months ago and was utterly and completely blown away by it. I started reading The Reckoning the day it arrived. I was immediately drawn back into the tale of Adair and Lanore. Two centuries ago she left Adair entombed in the basement of their Boston home and escaped to live her life free of him. She’s traveling with her new lover Luke when she feels the familiar tingling in the back of her head again. She immediately runs and tries to find a safe place where he can’t find her. The Reckoning gets more in depth about Adairs past and you get to appreciate his character a little more. This is a great second book. Alma Katsu’s storytelling is enthralling and engaging. I can only hope the third installment is not far off!