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Available January 7th in the US, January 2nd in the UK
Of all the universe’s forces, the most mysterious, confounding, and humbling is the power of love.
Alma Katsu’s acclaimed trilogy—a supernatural epic that began with The Taker and sparked a chase around the world in The Reckoning—comes to a stunning conclusion, and brings Lanore McIlvrae to a final encounter with Adair, her powerful nemesis. Dismayed by Adair’s otherworldly powers and afraid of his passionate temper, Lanore has run from him across time, even imprisoning him behind a wall for two centuries to save Jonathan, her eternal love. But instead of punishing her for her betrayal, Adair declared his love for Lanore once more and set her free.
Now, Lanore has tracked Adair to his mystical island home to ask for one last favor. The Queen of the Underworld is keeping Jonathan as her consort, and Lanore wants Adair to send her to the hereafter so that she may beg for his release. Will she honor her promise to return to Adair? Or is her true intention to be reunited with Jonathan at any cost? AlmaKatsu.com
Today’s guest admires the gothic novel, and it gives her writing a certain flair that leaves it independent of fads and trends in publishing. Her immortal characters are complex: they are neither vampires or zombies. What they are is fascinating, nuanced and dark….. Do they love, in that gothic romance way: tortured and eternally? Let’s welcome Alma as she thinks about it!
Do “Love” and “Forever” Go Together?
by Alma Katsu
I’m often asked why I put the concept of immortality into The Taker. The story could’ve been purely historical with no, or at least less, of a supernatural element if there had been no question of the characters living forever. For those of you who have yet to read The Taker, first book in the trilogy, it starts in the present day with a woman telling the story of how she was given eternal life seemingly for the sole purpose of being punished for eternity for bad things she did as a young woman in the early 1800s in New England.
A few years ago, when the first book came out, my answer to this question was that the stakes had been raised when I made the characters immortal. Imagine if you’ve been caught in the devil’s net (metaphorically speaking) and were to be punished for the rest of your life: how much more agonizing would it be to know that it would never end? If you knew you would not be reunited with your loved ones for the rest of eternity? I wanted the emotional pay-off (in this case, tragedy) to be that much richer.
Now that I’ve written the entire trilogy, however, I see that the reason was much simpler than that. I think it’s impossible for us to think of love without believing that it will last forever. This is the way we’re raised; this is what countless stories and lessons, poems and songs tell us from the day we’re born. True love lasts forever. A parent’s love will never falter. We promise to love and honor till death do us part. That is what we’re taught to expect and anything less feels cheap and insincere.
Not that this happens much in real life. That’s why we get all mushy over 50th wedding anniversaries—anyone’s, it doesn’t have to involve someone we know. Photographs in the newspaper of septuagenarians holding hands will get me teary-eyed every time. Divorce is so common that people rarely blink at it anymore. Friends fade. We love our pets so fiercely because they give us unconditional love, the kind of love that’s so hard to get from our family and friends.
Now I understand that this is why the characters in The Taker Trilogy are battling so hard: because they want the stakes to be so high. Spell or enchantment or no, the love each of them is fighting for (passionate love or friendship) is for all the marbles, for keeps, forever. Lanore is willing to go to hell (and hopefully back) for Jonathan because she has made that kind of commitment to their friendship, a commitment that has been tested time and again over 200 years. And Adair is willing to risk his own eternal damnation—after running from it for nearly a thousand years—because he finally realizes that there is only one thing that matters to him. In many ways, I tried to make The Take Trilogy the ultimate love story—love having its lows as well as its highs—and I hope that is what the reader gets from reading it.
Thank you Alma! This is very appropriate here, today. Tomorrow is my 31st wedding anniversary. It’s not 200 years, but it’s never going to be long enough.
For an excerpt from THE DESCENT, the third and final book in this trilogy please go to AlmaKatsu.com
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