Lanore McIlvrae is the kind of woman who will to 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 in a remote Maine town in the early 1800s and the man she thought she would be with forever. But Adair had other plans for her. He used his mysterious, otherworldly powers 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 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 from his prison. He's free—and he will come looking for her. And she has no idea how she will save herself.
A modern retelling of Beauty and The Beast... "Adair is a 21st century Lestat..."
—Scully Loves Promo
"Top Pick! A tragic otherworldly tale of lovers, Katsu's brilliant series second will utterly enchant you. The story is told in such a distinctive voice, you won't be able to stop thinking about it. The characters will delight you, horrify you and instill hope, but all are created with many layers of humanity as they grown and change through the ages. It's one of this reviewer's favorites so far this year."
—Terri Dukes, RT Magazine
"Katsu's seductive second book in her supernatural thriller trilogy picks up where her well-received debut, The Taker (2011), left off. The chance of freeing of immortal alchemist Adair from his secret tomb in present-day Boston, nearly two centuries after immortal Lanore McIlvrae imprisoned him, disrupts Lanore's comfortable life with her mortal lover, Luke Findley. Marooned in an unfamiliar world, the amoral alchemist soon recovers lost treasures and rebuilds his fortunes, allowing him to focus on the goal that truly matters to him—tracking down the woman responsible for imprisoning him, to break her to his will, and possess her forevermore. Lanore's desire to abandon her wicked ways, doomed as it is, may mark her as unique among the immortals, but it also makes her uniquely vulnerable to her stalker. At times melodramatic and constrained by the limitations of a middle volume, this installment stays true to its author's initial vision."
"Beautiful, mesmerizing...and leaves readers anxiously awaiting Katsu's final volume."
"I loved the multi-tapestried feel of these novels—it's an utterly readable blend of supernatural-powered fantasy, historical fiction, and existential horror. Katsu's writing style has an almost effortless power to it—it's rich in description and sublimely stylish."
—Paul Goat Allen, Barnes & Nobles.com
"Grips you from start to finish....Fascinating and thrilling. A unique, enduring story of the paranormal!"
—Historical Novel Review
"Fast-paced....Fans will enjoy this supernatural drama."
—Genre Go Round Reviews
"Enchanting....Amazing....A gorgeously written sequel....I simply couldn't put it down....Rich, satisfying, and convincing."
"Fans of Katsu's haunting novel The Taker can finally indulge in their next juicy fix....Gripping, pulse-pounding....A whole new level of suspense."
—Night Owl Reviews
"I can't stop thinking about this book. It is so wonderfully written and the story so captivating that I want to read it over and over again..."
—Melanie's Random Thoughts
—Just Another Story
"Haunting prose...Elegance and terror fills every word."
—Chels and a Book