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The Descent (The Taker Trilogy #3)

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,245 Ratings  ·  215 Reviews
The final installment in the “mesmerizing” (Booklist, starred review) and addictive trilogy—find out who truly holds the key to Lanny’s heart and whether she’ll ever be reunited with her beloved in this gripping supernatural tale of magic, lust, and longing.

Lanore McIlvrae has been on the run from Adair for hundreds of years, dismayed by his mysterious powers and afraid of
ebook, 352 pages
Published 2014 by Gallery Books (first published May 21st 2013)
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JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust
******* 4 "IMMORTAL STARS "*****

It's impossible to review The Descent without spoiling The Taker and The Reckoning , so I'm going to be brief.

The Taker Trilogy has everything I normally DISLIKE.

* Paranormal - Its not that I dislike paranormal per se , but I do tend to get really confused and overwhelmed by the storyline (ie .. the fever series nearly killed my sanity). Feeling lost is not my cuppa.
*Angst- total opposite of my cuppa.
* Indecisive, frustrating and just p
2.5 Stars (rounded up to 3 :P)
Sigh. This is the review that I wish I didn’t have to write. After falling head over heels in love with both The Taker and The Reckoning by Alma Katsu, I had been waiting on pins and needles for over a year to find out what would happen to Lanny, Adair, and Jonathan in the final book of the trilogy. Unfortunately, The Descent left me disappointed and deflated.

Now to be fair, it’s rare for me to ever be completely satisfied in the final book of any series that I love
Rebecca Espinoza
After a day's reflection, and nonstop thinking about this series, I feel it's only fair that it deserves 5 stars. I wish I could weave a story like Alma Katsu. In my opinion, this series is much better than A Discovery of Witches, which I picked up a while back because it was touted as literary paranormal. I've been drawn to well-written, thinking (wo)man's paranormal ever since I read Outlander and fell in love. This series has it all, perfectly fleshed out characters, a unique and interesting ...more
Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)
4.5 Stars

Alma Katsu’s The Descent is one of my most anticipated read since reading The Reckoning in 2012. This novel is the last of The Taker Trilogy, and I must say, Ms Katsu did an AMAZING job.

The journey that Lenore, Adair and Jonathan and even Luke has come to an end. Jonathan and Luke are where they are destined to be. Adair is at peace with his life though still longing for love. Unfortunately, Lenore will have to take one last journey before she can finally be at peace. She will ask Adai
Carrie (Rotten Banana)

WOW! I was very excited to read this because I really loved The Taker and The Reckoning. I'm a little taken aback after reading The Descent because this is not at all what I expected. After Lanore and Adair's relationship reaching a crescendo in book #2, this one fell incredibly short of potential.

I expected see Adair go on a soul searching journey of repentence in order to regain Lanore's love and trust again. What I got was Lanore approaching Adair to aid Jonathan in the underworld. Apparently
Dec 17, 2014 Lucy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 to 3 stars

welp.....that was a disappointment.

What a ridiculous ending. (view spoiler)

I expected so much better than this, such a shame. The first two books in this trilogy are the top two books I've read this year but this one just wasn't on par with those books. Mak
Nov 13, 2013 Miss rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
****This copy was given to me in exchange for my honest review.****

I would give Descent 3 1/2 stars.

I loved the previous book in this series, but The Descent came out a little flat. It seems as though there were so many characters introduced into the story just as filler material. In the end the reader is left wondering what the hell just happened. Why was Luke around for her to see after going into the Underworld. What was the point of it all?
Jan 22, 2014 Shawn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was disappointed in this last installment of the immortals trilogy. I enjoyed the first two, but this didn't feel like the same story.
Jan 11, 2014 Kelsey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A Book of pointless wanderings...I am unfulfilled. What happened?
Mar 03, 2014 Andreea rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
OMG! Does this want to call itself book?
An utterly disappointing ending to the series. Not that I could actually go through with it. Somewhere half-way through got too fed up and skipped all the way to the extremely OBVIOUS ending. Which turned exactly as expected.

Unfortunately, I quite enjoyed Alma Katsu's style in the previous two books and her stories seemed a lot more compelling. But for this book, it seems she ran out of any creative ideas and serves us with a bland, predictable and unexc
The Holy Terror
Jun 02, 2013 The Holy Terror marked it as will-never-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: think-about
This has a really pretty cover and I've had the first one on my wishlist for a while now. I only have two friends that read the first book but they gave it 4 stars so it seemed like something I'd give a chance. The historical/paranormal aspects made it sound really interesting and different and something that I'd likely check out.

I don't really want to anymore though.
Jan 25, 2014 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a satisfying end to the trilogy, but it doesn't fit with the other books at all. Everything is turned on its head in a way that stupefies plot and character development. My least favorite of the three books.
Jan 05, 2015 Jenna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel like this series has led me astray, lol. The beginning of the story (first book) is so much different than the last book is. Where the story began, the ending is way way far from what you'll expect it to be. I guess that could be a good thing, if you're into surprises. BUT honestly you guys, I was just lifting my right/left eyebrow (varies differently every time) the whole time I was reading The Descent. ESPECIALLY the LAST BITS of the book. I really didn't see it coming and it was so far ...more
Jan 10, 2014 Kimberly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alma Katsu took us on one heck of a ride with the Taker Trilogy and the wait for The Descent the final book in this dark paranormal romance was worth the wait. I consumed this and was left satisfied on so many levels. While not as dark as it’s predecessors we get answers and a strong conclusion. Mini review: Beautifully written with fleshed out characters and an engaging conclusion.

Lanore McIlvrae has been on the run from Adair, her creator for hundreds of years. She has loved and lost. When ter
Jan 07, 2014 Pauline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, supernatural
It was a satisfying end but a confusing one also!

Katsu wraps up the Taker trilogy with an unexpected twist in the story. What started out as a somber and twisted reality with alchemy, dark secrets, horrible pasts and sex orgies, it ends up in mythology and subdue relationships.

It's been 4 years since Adair released Lanore to be with Luke. Now that Luke is out of the picture, Lanore has nightmares about Jonathan being in danger and she seeks help from Adair who's isolated himself on a deserted is
Well that was not was I was expecting to happen at all! This was probably my least favorite of the three books because it didn't seem to mesh with the first two as well (plot and character development), but it was still an entertaining read and was generally a satisfying (if abrupt) conclusion to the trilogy.

The fine print: received ARC from NetGalley.
Um 2014??? What happened to June 2013? I love this series it sneaks up in my thoughts every once in a while! I am so bummed : (
Meg - A Bookish Affair
"The Descent" is the final book in Alma Katsu's the Taker trilogy. You definitely should read the first two books in the trilogy before getting to this book so that you can understand all of the in's and out's of the relationships between the various characters. I thought this was a really good and very surprising ending to this trilogy. I totally did not guess the ending and I absolutely love being surprised.

I did have to refresh my memory about what had happened in the previous books so I do r
Oct 03, 2013 Terri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-review
A satisfying ending to a tremendous trilogy. I immediately want to start the series over again and re-read them all.
Erin Arkin
Jan 01, 2014 Erin Arkin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
I started this one immediately after finishing The Reckoning and I am glad I did. Katsu does a great job of summarizing the previous books and bringing the reader back into Lanore’s life but I am always super impatient with series books and because there are so many characters and so much going on, reading both books in a row helped me keep it all straight. This is very much a character driven story and although Lanore and Adair and the main characters, we still get introduced to a number of new ...more
Donna Thompson
Nov 19, 2013 Donna Thompson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-read
Truly great books introduce characters into your life that seem as real as the people around you, characters that you’ll never forget. Starting with “The Taker,” Alma Katsu has brought to life just such intriguing and compelling characters, ones that I’ll be thinking about for a long time to come. After reading “The Descent,” the final installment in the trilogy, I have to say that I really hate to bid adieu to these characters and the world-building that was introduced in this last book.

Mar 23, 2014 Naomi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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My opinion: Hands down, this book was my favorite in the series. It flew by for me and I ended up reading it in one sitting. I found this to be the most twisted and dark of the trilogy. As this is the last in the trilogy, I enjoyed how the author wrapped up the storyline and the characters.

Would I recommend? : I always recommend this series. I thoroughly enjoyed it. On that note, this is a trilogy that MUST be read in order! Otherwise, the reader will b
Highly anticipated, "The Descent," the third and final chapter in the "The Taker" series, a most spectacular series of the paranormal genre, and one I highly recommend to all. It's been a most amazing and unbelievable journey as we followed the immortal lives of Adair, Lanny, and Luke. There were so many twists and turns in each novel, some so unexpected and surprising, some even shocking; each time never knowing which direction the author would take. An exceptionally well written novel that inc ...more
Lelia Nebeker
As hard as it is to bid farewell to these characters, Alma Katsu delivers a truly incredible conclusion to her epic 'Taker' trilogy. 'The Descent' pulls you in like a riptide, dragging you down into the depths of the Underworld as Lanny embarks on a surprising journey, with some help from her Adair. If you thought nothing could shock and thrill you more than 'The Taker' and 'The Reckoning,' just wait for the world to be turned on its head with 'The Descent.' The return of some familiar faces, a ...more
Jun 30, 2014 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 stars:

ABOUT THE BOOK: January 7, 2014

Lanore McIlvrae has been on the run from Adair for hundreds of years, dismayed by his mysterious powers and afraid of his temper. She betrayed Adair’s trust and imprisoned him behind a stone wall to save Jonathan, the love of her life. When Adair was freed 200 years later, she was sure that he would find her and make her existence a living hell. But things turned out far different than she’d imagined.

Four years later, Lanore has tracked Adair to his mys
I'm seriously disappointed with the direction this book is going. I honestly don't know if I'll ever finish it. ***SPOILERS***
I am just really tired of reading books about women who fall in love with their abusers and rapists. I've had enough. The 'anti-hero' in this book is a known rapist and murderer. Throughout the series he repeatedly raped and murdered women and a let's not forget he repeatedly raped the real Adair who was just a little boy! He drugged and raped and facilitated a gang rape
Mar 10, 2014 Albert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Descent, which is book three of The Taker series by Alma Katsu completes the tale of Lanore McIlvare, the young beautiful farm girl bestowed with the gift of immortality. In this final chapter Lanore is in mourning from burying her mortal lover Luke when she is tortured with dreams of her first love Jonathan, whom she turned into an immortal herself and then killed to release him. Jonathan is trapped in the underworld, a kind of purgatory, where he is being beaten and brutalized. Lanore kno ...more
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And then he appeared at the end of the hall, a shadowy figure backlit by the sun. My heart raced, being in his presence once again. Adair, the man who’d hurt and deceived me, loved and exalted me, brought a man back from the dead for me, given me all of time in the hope I would share it with him. Did he still love me enough to help me?

As I stood in Adair’s magnetic presence, everything that had happened between us rushed back to me in a tumult, all that passion and anger and hurt.
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Mar 06, 2014 Sandy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I'm the author of THE TAKER, THE RECKONING and THE DESCENT (Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster), a trilogy about desire, obsession and the dark things we sometimes do for love. The Taker, which has been widely compared to the early work of Anne Rice, was selected by ALA/Booklist as one of the top ten debut novels of 2011 and translation rights have been sold in over a dozen languages.

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The Taker Trilogy (3 books)
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“While I'd been plagued by nightmares of Jonathan's unrest in the hereafter, it was only now that I'd seen Adair again—and seen him so changed—that I could admit, even to myself, that it was him I daydreamed of, who I longed for, who I ached for, physically. That was how I'd betrayed Luke—in my desire for Adair. It wasn't so uncommon, was it? Living with one man while your mind is on another? Being unable to stop thinking of this other man who, for one reason or another, was not the one sitting beside you. Thinking of the way his eyes lit up when he saw you, of his wicked smile and what it was like when he held you, how you responded to the touch of his hands. In solitary moments, you remembered the little intimacies, the feel of his skin against yours, the way he liked to be touched, the velvet nap of his member, the way he tasted. You thought of him even though you could never be with him. His absence nagged like an itch you could never scratch.” 2 likes
“Who can be 100 percent sure of one's choices in life? How do you know that your beloved will always remain the same, or that you'll never change your mind? Growth and change are two of the great gifts we get from time. It would be shortsighted to spurn them.” 0 likes
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