The Taker: Book One of the Taker Trilogy

By Alma Katsu

In the culture of Anne Rice and Elizabeth Kostova comes a hauntingly atmospheric story spanning numerous lifetimes—a love tale that includes alchemy, lust, and betrayal.

True love can final an eternity . . . yet immortality comes at a price.

On the nighttime shift at a sanatorium in rural St. Andrew, Maine, Dr. Luke Findley is waiting for a quiet night. till a mysterious lady arrives in his ER, escorted through police—Lanore McIlvrae is a homicide suspect—and Luke is inexplicably interested in her. As Lanny tells him her tale, an impassioned account of affection and betrayal that transcends time and mortality, she alters his existence without end. . . . on the flip of the 19th century, while St. Andrew was once a Puritan payment, Lanny used to be fed on as a toddler through her love for the son of the town’s founder, and he or she will do whatever to be with him without end. however the expense she will pay is steep—an immortal bond that chains her to a bad destiny for eternity.

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Alejandro knocked, and whilst there has been no resolution, nudged the door again so he may well slip in bearing a tray of tea and biscuits. He lit a number of candles—“You can’t sit down at the hours of darkness, Lanore, it’s ghoulish”—and then put a cup and saucer quietly at my elbow, yet i needed none of his hospitality. I pretended to appear out the window, yet truthfully i'll see not anything, nonetheless blinded through fury and melancholy. “Oh my expensive, don’t be so unhappy. i do know it’s frightening. i used to be scared while it occurred to me. ” “But, Alej, what are we?

I wasn’t even their servant; i used to be below that, a girl who enable strangers do what they proud of her in alternate for look after and a meal. i'd have cried for what I’d turn into however the fever had dried me up, leaving me with out tears. I couldn’t support agreeing with Alejandro’s end: I needed to be demise. A physique couldn't suppose this undesirable and reside. within i used to be on hearth, each muscle burning. I ached. With each one breath, my rib cage creaked like a rusty bellows. If I weren’t sorry to be taking Jonathan’s child with me and so frightened of the heavy weight of the sins for which i'd be judged, i'd have prayed for God to teach me mercy through letting me die.

Yet one other a part of me believed I’d had no selection: it could possibly were my simply probability to catch Jonathan’s middle and turn out that we have been intended to be jointly. I couldn’t enable it cross. I slipped from the again of his horse and, after a squeeze of his hand, hiked the quick distance to my family’s cabin. As I walked, even if, doubts started to set in as to what our tryst had intended to him. He swived women without suggestion to any results: why did I think he may connect outcomes this time? And what of his emotions for Sophia—or my legal responsibility, for that topic, to the girl I had pushed to take her personal lifestyles?

She grew to become agitated. I needed to sedate her. i must confirm she doesn’t have an opposed response to the sedative. ” The nurse sighs audibly, as if she knows—doesn’t suspect yet knows—that he's doing whatever disgusting to the physique of the subconscious lady. “Just go away me by myself, Judy. inform Joe I’ll name him whilst she’s stabilized. ” He pushes the door close in her face. Lanny pushes ash round the bedpan along with her burning cigarette, intentionally now not making eye touch with him. “Jonathan’s right here. Now you don’t need to take my be aware for it,” she says, tapping ash into the bedpan and motioning to the door along with her head.

Luke feels a pang of soreness for having taken good thing about his colleague’s strong nature. Peter is extra of an acquaintance than a pal, yet seeing that there are few anesthesiologists within the county and Luke is an emergency room doctor, they observed extra of one another than many of the different medical professionals. Luke’s most recent sequence of misfortunes had made him much less pleasant than ordinary, yet Peter was once one of many few medical professionals nonetheless chatting with him. “Where are you? ” the e-mail reads. “I didn’t imagine you have been making plans to be long past with the auto see you later.

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