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  • Published: 1 December 2011
  • ISBN: 9780099552840
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512
  • RRP: $35.00

The Taker

(Book 1 of The Immortal Trilogy)

An unforgettable debut for the TWILIGHT / INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE market

TRUE LOVE CAN LAST AN ETERNITY ... Have you ever loved someone so much that you'd do anything for them? Someone you would die for? Even kill for? When A&E doctor Luke Findley turns up to his shift at his hospital job in the small town of St Andrews, Maine, he's expecting just another evening of minor injuries and domestic disputes. But instead, Lanore McIlvrae walks into his life - and changes it forever. For Lanore - Lanny - is a woman with a past ... Lanny McIlvrae is unlike anyone Luke has ever met. And as she begins to tell her story - a story of enduring love, a story of consummate betrayal, a story that defies time and transcends mortality, a story which begins in St Andrews at the beginning of the nineteenth century and cannot end until Lanny's demons are finally put to rest - Luke finds himself captivated. Lanny is not what she seems - her two hundred years on this earth have seen her seduced by both decadence and brutality - but through it all she has stayed true to the one true love of her life. Until now. Part historical novel and part supernatural page turner, THE TAKER is an unforgettable novel about the power of unrequited love not only to elevate and sustain, but to blind and ultimately destroy, and how each person is responsible to find their own path to redemption.

  • Pub date: 1 December 2011
  • ISBN: 9780099552840
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512
  • RRP: $35.00

About the Author

Alma Katsu

A graduate of the Masters writing program at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Alma Katsu worked briefly in advertising and PR before moving into the intelligence world, working as a senior analyst for several US agencies, including the CIA and the American equivalent of GCHQ. She was also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. Alma Katsu lives in the Washington, DC area. To find out more, visit her website almakatsubooks.com

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Praise for The Taker

“Dark and super sexy”


“An historical novel with a difference, this is a strange but compelling read”


“[An] imaginative and wholly original debut... Readers won't be able to tear their eyes away from Katsu's mesmerizing tale”


“The Taker is a frighteningly compelling story about those most human monsters--desire and obsession. It will curl your hair and keep you up late at night”

Keith Donohue, author of Stolen Child

“This is a great book. And by great, I mean, devastatingly so, like reading The Scarlett Letter, while riding a roller coaster, on acid. Seductive, daring, soaring, and ultimately gut-wrenching, The Taker is a lush, historical rendering of transcendent love, paranormal beings, and the depths of pain that can be felt by immortal hearts”

Jamie Ford, author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

“Alma Katsu takes the reader by surprise in the first chapter of her mesmerizing debut and never stops delivering. What a wonderful book! A dark, gothic, epic worth savoring. A sweeping story that transcends time as it moves effortless from the tempestuous past to the frightening present. Enchanting and enthralling! No question - I was taken!”

International Bestseller, M.J. Rose

“Alma Katsu's searing tale of otherworldly lovers and eternal obsession will seduce you from page one. With its elegant prose and riveting plot, The Taker is as irresistible as the hauntingly beautiful, pleasure-seeking immortals who scorch its pages. A wicked, sensuous, shattering love story that I can't recommend enough. You have to experience it for yourself!”

Kresley Cole, New York Times bestselling author

“Katsu's mesmerizing, original debut arcs between a Puritan community and a present-day young woman found in the Maine woods who claims that she has killed a man and that she's immortal.”


“Spookily captivating”

Marie Claire

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