The Reckoning (Darkest Powers, Book 3) Paperback – Deckle Edge, Apr 6 2010
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"There's never a slow moment in their journey or a false line in Armstrong's writing."
— Charlaine Harris, author of Dead to the World
"Kelley Armstrong has created a gritty, realistic world both teen and adult readers will enjoy. Edge-of-the-seat reading, with plenty of surprises. I want the next installment now!"
— Kim Harrison, author of White Witch, Black Curse
"Armstrong continues to captivate. I'm hooked!"
— Melissa Marr, author of Wicked Lovely
About the Author
KELLEY ARMSTRONG is the author of New York Times bestselling The Summoning and The Awakening, as well as the internationally bestselling series, Women of the Otherworld. Armstrong lives in rural Ontario with her husband and three children.See all Product Description
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The Darkest Powers trilogy does a wonderful job of building on the supernatural world created in Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series without ever leaning on those characters to propel the story. Like the first two books in the series, The Reckoning is an action packed adventure that will keep you guessing as the story unfolds and loyalties are put into question. Never knowing who to trust keeps the reader in the same mindset as the characters, and heightens the suspense as things progress to the high-stakes conclusion. I actually found this series to be scarier than the Women of the Otherworld books, and was often on the edge of my seat as Chloe battled her ghosts and demons.
The character development in The Reckoning is fantastic! As usual, Kelley Armstrong's characters are so layered and authentic that you miss them when they're not around. Chloe, Derek and Tori all really grow and change throughout the course of this novel. Simon's role is reduced quite a bit in The Reckoning, but this makes sense as the other characters powers continue to grow.
Between the action, suspense and great characters, The Reckoning is a gripping adventure set in an amazing supernatural world that meshes seamlessly with our own.
Well, how boring would it be if that sanctuary were all they thought it would be? So of course, "The Reckoning" throws the teen protagonists into a tangle of ghosts, lycanthropy, deceptions and long-forgotten crimes, as well as a long-awaited clash with the Edison Group. Kelley Armstrong does a solid job wrapping up the main story, though the last quarter of the book feels REALLY rushed.
Chloe and her friends have finally found the house where a bunch of the Edison Group's enemies are living. But it soon becomes obvious that they aren't exactly welcome -- the adults are wary of the various "freak" powers that the teens have, and they's especially dismissive of "the werewolf boy." To make matters worse, Chloe is being stalked by a half-demon ghost, and a snooty necromancer's attempt to tutor her at a local graveyard almost ends in disaster.
It's only a matter of time until the kids are imprisoned again, this time by their new "hosts" -- and when a pair of werewolf thugs show up to kill Derek on the night he Changes, Chloe knows that she's not just being phobic. Now she and her friends must figure out how to escape their new "home" alive, and somehow free the friends'n'relatives still being held captive by the Edison Group.
Compared to the last couple Darkest Powers novels, "The Reckoning" is less thrilleresque and more suspenseful -- Armstrong keeps you guessing about who's an ally and who's an enemy, who's lying and who's not. Things only speed up in the last quarter of the book... and unfortunately Armstrong rushes through the action-packed part of the story. She needed at least another hundred pages to do that ending justice.Read more ›
Reasons to Read:
1.Chloe's acceptance of her powers:
Throughout the whole Darkest powers series, Chloe has been very apprehensive about her newfound power. She refuses to use it(not even for practice), so she is basically left defenseless, acting as the damsel in distress. By the time the third book rolls around, she is still scared about using it, but she comes to an acceptance of it. She finally comes to realize that it's okay for her to use her power. The change is gradual, but I really liked seeing just how much Chloe has come along from the first book.
2.A twist! A twist!:
I really think that Kelley Armstrong writes twists well. While they are not the most unique plot twists there are, I do fnd myself genuinely surprised when I come across them. There have been plot twists in the previous two novels, but I really liked the ones in this particular book. I thought that they made a lot of sense to the plot, and they added to the overall story very nicely. There aren't too many turns, so you don't become tired of them easily. There are enough, though, to keep a strong interest in the book.
3.The Open Ending:
This book has one of those endings that you will either love or hate. I just happened to love it. Many of the loose ends are tied up at the end, but there are still a lot of questions that are left unanswered. I liked that the ending is left so open.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This series is good!!! I absolutely love Kelley Armstrong and the books she writes this is an awesome read(but can't read it without reading the first two).Published on Sept. 9 2013 by catherine
my niece loves this author and it is a great addition to her collection.. Could have used better description in regards to the size of the book as I found out the hard way, it was... Read morePublished on May 6 2013 by lia
This was a fantastic conclusion to the series and I wouldn't know how to end it as good as this. Read more
The darkest power trilogy finally comes to a close. It seems like a lot of great series out there are finishing off. Read morePublished on June 24 2011 by Fantasy's Ink
Two weeks... Through reading these novels, sometimes it's amazing to think that the whole series really does take place over only a few weeks, the kind of timeframe that can, for... Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2011 by Bibliotropic .net
What a great conclusion to Chloe's story (for now). I read the first two books last year so its been a while but it was so easy to get back into the series, the world and the... Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2011 by Jenny "Dreaming of Books"