Time Travelling Giveaway with Alma Katsu

I’m thrilled to be here today, even if the reason is a little sad: the last book in The Taker Trilogy, The Descent, is coming out in a few days (January 7). Even though it’s a happy occasion—a new book coming out!—it’s definitely bittersweet saying goodbye to characters that have been with me for 13 years. That’s longer than I’ve known some of my flesh-and-blood friends!

One of the questions I get asked a lot is, what were my inspirations for The Taker books? I think I get asked this a lot because the books are unusual—as a matter of fact, that’s probably the number one comment I hear from readers: “The story was nothing like I expected.” I’ve watched over the past few years as reviewers and critics have struggled to come up with a way to describe what is an un-categorizable story. My favorite, from Jennifer Castro at Cliché fashion magazine, is “[a] time-transcending page-turner.”

Another reason why the books are unusual is that unlike a conventional fantasy where you enter a world that’s already fully formed—for instance, in a vampire novel, you more or less know what the “rules” are—in The Taker Trilogy the secret behind the magic isn’t revealed until the very end of the story. The reader is presented with these mysteries and has to make sense of them, just as you would in real life.

What is the trilogy about? On one level, it’s the story of a young woman who falls deeply in love with a man she can’t have. In her quest to win him back, she joins up with a man with mysterious supernatural powers who gives her the opportunity to win her love back, but at a terrible price. Again, I’m going to turn to Castro, who summed it up really well: “[It’s] the story of an impressionable young woman, the ‘Adonis’ who she falls in love with and the ‘monster’ who falls in love with her… It’s a portrayal of everlasting love and unrelenting obsession, both of which know no boundaries for these characters.” The story is supposed to show the power of love, its highs and lows, as the struggle between the three characters spans over two centuries, several continents and, in The Descent, even takes them to the underworld.

So, what were the inspirations for this tempestuous tale?

The Time Traveler’s Wife: I was completely blown away by Audrey Niffenegger’s bittersweet love story. Like the author, I am a fan of tragic romance, the idea that you are unable to give up on your love, no matter how impossible the circumstances.

Orlando (the 1992 movie, based on the novel by Virginia Woolf): This movie is a mind-bending fantasy about a person, Orlando, who lives over 400 years, starting out as a young British aristocrat in the Elizabethan era, changing genders along the way. Magical and lush, it opened my eyes to what it would really be like to live on and on, without knowing why and with no idea what might happen to you next.

Interview with the Vampire: Yes, Anne Rice’s classic was a big influence, even though there are no vampires in The Taker Trilogy. Her villain Lestat is irresistible. In true Gothic tradition, Lestat represents our unfiltered emotional side, the part of us that is in touch with our deepest desires and animal instincts. More than anything, I wanted a villain who is as savagely charismatic as Lestat and I think that I got that in the monstrous Adair.

I’m curious to know what era inspires you. If you could live at any period in time, which would it be and why? Leave a comment below and be entered to win one of these great prizes: Grand prize: The Taker trilogy, one vial necklace and one bracelet. Second prize: The Taker trilogy and one bracelet. Third prize: The Taker trilogy.

Be sure to answer the question in a comment below by 9 a.m., Friday, January 3, for your chance to win! One grand prize winner, one second place winner and one third place winner will be chosen at random. Click here for complete contest rules.)

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The Descent

The Descent

Alma Katsu

Book Three in the supernatural epic, The Taker trilogy.

The Reckoning

The Reckoning

Alma Katsu

Book Two in the supernatural epic, The Taker trilogy.

The Taker

The Taker

Alma Katsu

True love can last an eternity. Book One in the supernatural epic, The Taker trilogy.

The Time Traveler’s Wife

The Time Traveler’s Wife

Audrey Niffenegger

Audrey Niffenegger's innovative debut, The Time Traveler's Wife, is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian.



Virginia Woolf

Virigina Woolf's tale of time-flipping, gender-switching brilliance.

Interview with the Vampire

Interview with the Vampire

Anne Rice

The classic book about vampires. If you were a vampire, you would have had time to read it 1,000 times already.



23 comments so far

  1. So excited for the last book in this series to come out. I read the other two books last year and they were my favorite books of the year!

  2. cwebber04

    If I could be whisked away to another time period I would want to go back to the late 1800’s. The history and fashion of that time period has always inspired me and interest me. The clothing that women wore was very beautiful. I am already a quiet, follower (i have never been a leader or very outspoken). I would fit very well with the women back then. There is definitely more about that era that interests me, but those are the main reasons.

  3. I’m so excited for the 3rd book! Alma is a new author to me and it’s so much fun. If I could live in another time it would be the early 1900’s…I love antiques and everything about that era.

    I like the Victorian era. I want to wear the dresses, the shoes, and a wig piled high and filled with birds.
    “Interview with the Vampire” is one of my favorite books and movies. To be a vampiresssssss in Victorian England would have been double the fun.

    Meljprincess AT aol DOT com

  5. This is so bitter sweet. I love and I am excited to see what happens to these truly unique characters I have raved to everyone about. On the other hand I am so sad to say goodbye to them all. We were taken to such an unusual world w/ The Taker and The Reckoning, I can only imagine what The Descent is going to be like. Thank you Alma for bring so much brilliance to these pages!

  6. I’d love to visit the renaissance era.

  7. I would love to have lived in Regency England only if I was wealthy. That actually goes for any time period except for present day. I love the gowns (no tight waists) and politeness was expected. I think heaven is a time machine with a library.

  8. I’ve decided that if I had a super power, it would be time travel, and I’d go to the Roaring Twenties. Or maybe Paris during the Belle Epoque.

  9. There are too many eras to list for me. Certainly there are aspects to each one that would be difficult, but the Renaissance, Victorian and the Native American time periods all interest and fascinate me.

  10. 1920s for the fashion

  11. composingcat

    That’s a tough one. There are so many pros and cons to watch era. Right now I think I’d love to transport back to Colonial times when there were so many struggles yet so many possibilities. Plus there was still an accent on the tongues of all.

  12. cubbiecutie

    I think I would like to go back to the Colonial times, their dresses were beautiful 🙂

  13. jovialvampyre

    Honestly I have no desire to leave this time period. We have it pretty darn good and I freely admit that I am spoiled ;).

  14. If I could chose I would live in the victorian era, it has always fascinated me. I would love to chose wonderful gowns, live in an old house in rural England, disconnect from all this technology and search for a nice gentleman (My own Adair).
    Thank you for this Giveaway!

  15. darlnnikki

    I have always been a fan of the Romantic Period, late 1700’s- late 1800’s. It was a time that allowed for experimentation, artistic freedom, & creativity. Emotions were important characteristics of romanticism, as well as subjects that dealt with nature & the supernatural. These characteristics are what I relate most to.
    As excited as I am for this final book, it’s going to be extremely hard to say goodbye to these characters I absolutely love. The Taker was the first book to make me “ugly cry”. I’ll never forget being on an airplane to Tampa & crying uncontrollably thru chapter 49, when she killed Jonathan. OMG, I thought my husband was going to kill me! We laugh about it now, but at the time people were starring at him like he was the one that hurt me. So I know this last book is going to be an emotional journey for me as well. I’m still not even sure who I’m rooting for her to be with in the end. I guess I’m just hoping she will find her HEA! Thank you for this wonderful giveaway! Happy New Year & I wish you continued success!

  16. I’d choose the Roaring 20’s and hope to meet my grandparents to see whether they were EVER any fun (not to cause any rip in the space-time continuum or anything). I think women had at least some freedom during that era, though I’d sorely miss modern conveniences like air-conditioning!

  17. AsianCocoa

    The Time Traveler’s Wife is my second favorite book after Memoirs of Geisha. I love epic love stories! If I could be transported I would like to go back to the 1920’s. It was an exciting time.

    I’m so looking forward to reading The Descent.

  18. The future. I want to know what happens.

  19. I would choose the Victorian era.

  20. Readingdiva3

    I think I would’ve chosen the Victorian era. One of the reasons is because unlike any other era, victorians inspired romance, transcendental history and poetry, fascinating work of art and literature. It is perhaps the era that shaped our current time, opening the door to eternal romance and inspiring most of the stories we read today!

  21. I have not had the opportunity to read this series but it appears to be right up my alley. The men from the medieval time period who have lived through to our time now ( vampires, werewolves,etc) and find their modern day mates who put them in their place is my fave. They treasure their women. And sometimes a bossy man can be exciting. ; )

  22. SoCalGal5

    I would choose the future. I would love to see the progress and changes in every day life.

  23. bookliaison

    I would choose the 1920’s, not sure why exactly other than that I’m drawn to the time period 🙂

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