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BOOKLIST Top Ten Debut Novel of 2011

The Taker

Critics and authors were spellbound by Alma Katsu's debut novel, The Taker, her stunning tale of a mysterious young woman, Lanore, and an unwitting Maine doctor who falls into her world, a hidden world that exists outside the boundaries of time. In this magical realm, where the predatory use pleasure to corrupt the innocent, Lanore's incredible devotion to Jonathan, her first, true love, captures the attention of Adair, the dangerous man who rules this world, and ignites within him an all-consuming desire to possess her.

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"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

"Alma Katsu's debut takes the reader on a spell-binding journey through time. This sensual tale of star-crossed love, betrayal and redemption is a rare and addictive treat. Pleasurable from page one."
   —Danielle Trussoni, bestselling author of Angelology

"A centuries-spanning epic that will keep you turning pages all night. This marvelous debut is a thinking person's guilty pleasure."
   —Scott Westerfeld, author of Leviathan

"A haunting tale of passion, obsession, and immortal longing. The Taker is unlike any other novel I have read: a gothic historical with a searing modern twist that will captivate your imagination and keep you reading long into the night."
   —C.W. Gortner, author of The Tudor Secret

"Alma Katsu's addictive tale of immortal love is brutal, wrenching, and ultimately moving. Gothic and richly detailed, The Taker is an astonishingly good read."
   —Meg Waite Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of Wednesday Sisters and The Four Ms. Bradwells

"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, Bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

"Alma Katsu's 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, New York Times bestselling author of The Stolen Child

"What a wonderful book! A dark, gothic, epic worth savoring. Enchanting and enthralling! No question—I was taken!"
   —M.J. Rose, international bestselling author

"...a dark, sexy romance..."
   —Alexi Zentner, author of Touch

"The Taker "...renews a genre, avoiding both melodrama and the sexier takes on immortality that have become standard over the last quarter-century or so... While immortals have far more time than humans to work at self-improvement, it seems they still can't succeed. That's tragedy without the noise of grand opera or the hyperbole of High Romance. By bringing it close to home, The Taker makes it intimate again."
   —LOCUS Magazine

"The Taker "soars and stays aloft until its denouement. Then the uncanny meaning of its title becomes clear, and The Taker finally delivers a grimly satisfying new twist to a very old tale."
   —Washington Post

"One Super(natural) Debut: Katsu has a knack for combining the supernatural with outstanding storytelling, creating characters who grab your attention and tug on your heartstrings....This novel will certainly find an audience in all those who enjoy supernatural thrillers, but it shouldn't be set aside by more serious readers just because of its fantastical aspects. It's a well-written book that can resonate beyond its genre."
   —Surrey Now newspaper (Canada)

"I honestly did not put it down for two solid days. Leaving me wondering: why on earth did I wait to read this?"
   —Stiletto Storytime

"Readers won't be able to tear their eyes away from Katsu's mesmerizing tale."
   —Booklist starred review

"Katsu shows considerable skill in rendering a world where Adair's unspeakable evilness and Lanny's wild passion make the supernatural seem possible. The result is a novel full of surprises and a powerful evocation of the dark side of romantic love."
   —Publishers Weekly

"Readers won't be able to tear their eyes away from Katsu's mesmerizing tale."
   —Booklist (starred review) and Top Ten Debut of 2011

"The Taker by Alma Katsu was on lots of readers' radar before Fifty Shades of Grey dominated headlines. But now it's getting even more buzz..."
   —Joyce Lamb, USA Today

"I've been inundated with books for people who loved Fifty Shades of Grey...But the one that's really caught me up is Alma Katsu's The Taker..."
   —Melanie Murray, Barnes & Noble's Romantic Reads

"Katsu elegantly weaves a complex, seductive and magical..."
   —Judy Wang, book editor, Neon Tommy

"Adair is the 21st century Lestat..."
   —Scully Loves Promo

"Twilight for grown-ups..."
   —Cosmopolitan UK