Shelf Candy Saturday (14): The Taker and The Reckoning by Alma Katsu

Shelf Candy Saturday is hosted by Five Alarm Book Reviews.

The Taker (The Taker Trilogy #1)

True love can last an eternity...but immortality comes at a price. On the midnight shift at a hospital in rural St. Andrew, Maine, Dr. Luke Findley is expecting a quiet evening. Until a mysterious woman arrives in his ER, escorted by police - Lanore McIlvrae is a murder suspect - and Luke is inexplicably drawn to her. As Lanny tells him her story, an impassioned account of love and betrayal that transcends time and mortality, she changes his life forever...At the turn of the nineteenth century, when St. Andrew was a Puritan settlement, Lanny was consumed as a chile by her love for the son of the town's founder, and she will to anything to be with him forever. But the price she pays is steep - an immortal bond that chains her to a terrible fate for eternity.

The Reckoning (The Taker Trilogy #2)

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 the remote Maine town in the early 1800's and the man she thought she would be with forever. But Adair had other plans for her. He used his mysterious, otherworldly pwoers 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 facade 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 his prison. He's free - and he will come looking for her. And she has no idea how she will save herself.

I absolutely love both of these covers the colors are bold and both covers are delicate yet powerful!


  1. These are great covers. The black and white photos with the splash of colors in the eyes, mask and feathers is really awesome. Thanks for sharing them. They are both great, but The Reckoning is my favorite of the two. I love how the red feathers pop. Thank you for sharing these.

  2. I'd want this too! So pretty!

  3. Very pretty! I especially like the second cover! :)

  4. Hi, Jen!

    I saw the second cover on Goodreads yesterday, and fell in love with it, so I added the book to my TBR shelf! Then I had to go look for the first one, and added that book, as well!

    These two covers are just GORGEOUS. The mask used on the cover of "The Taker" is absolutely lovely, and so is the composition, with the girl's face right up close to the camera, and staring straight at the viewer. The cover of "The Reckoning" is just as beautiful. I love those red feathers, which hide half the girl's face! And those very intense blue eyes...they're kind of scary....

    These are both TERRIFIC choices!! Thanks for featuring them!! : )

  5. Oh great covers Jen! They sound really interesting too!

  6. Great book covers--beautiful but mysterious. They really catch your eye.


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