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This review contains spoilers for the first book in Alma Katsu's trilogy, The Taker. If you haven't read it yet, click here to read about it first.

I said last week that The Taker is light escapism, and these two books keep the fun going. Sometimes (often?) trilogies feel unnecessary to me, the second and third books just a rehash of the same scenario from the first book, but The Taker trilogy is a pleasant exception. Each book is  different, and while themes are repeated, the plot points are always fresh. The third book especially is a departure, with an eerie underworld setting unveiled for the first time. This trilogy may be fluffy romantic fun, but it's not in any way predictable. 

At the end of The Taker, Lanny trapped her master and maker Adair behind a brick wall in a basement. She thought once she was free of his control, she would be able to be happy with her childhood love Jonathan, but their love fizzled quickly and she's spent the intervening years mostly alone. Now as The Reckoning begins, two hundred years have passed, and somehow Adair has escaped his prison. 

How can Lanny hide from someone who can track her from anywhere in the world? Like it or not, she and Adair are inextricably connected, and he will not stop until he has exacted his revenge. The suspense in this book builds and builds, and we also get some valuable back story as the narrative jumps back and forth through time.

In the third and final book, The Descent, Lanny and Adair have brokered a fragile truce and lived apart for some time, but Lanny finds herself seeking him out anyway. She has been haunted by terrible dreams of Jonathan being tortured in the underworld, where she herself sent him when he begged to be released from eternal life. She knows Adair is the only one who can send her there to rescue Jonathan. What follows is a frightening journey through hell, during which Adair's full history is finally revealed.

Katsu isn't a lazy writer. All three books are richly imagined. The way she chooses to piece together the final picture of Adair and Lanore is surprising but satisfying. This is one time when it really is worth reading all three books of a trilogy.