Review: The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong

Review: The Reckoning by Kelley ArmstrongThe Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong
Series: Darkest Powers #3

Published by Orbit on April 6th 2010
Also by this author: The Summoning, The Awakening
Also in this series: The Awakening
Pages: 391

Chloe Saunders is fifteen and would love to be normal. Unfortunately, Chloe happens to be a genetically engineered necromancer who can raise the dead without even trying. She and her equally gifted (or should that be 'cursed'?) friends are now running for their lives from the evil corporation that created them.

As if that's not enough, Chloe is struggling with her feelings for Simon, a sweet-tempered sorcerer, and his brother Derek, a not so sweet-tempered werewolf. And she has a horrible feeling she's leaning towards the werewolf...

Definitely not normal.

The last book in the Darkest Power series by Kelley Armstrong is The Reckoning. In this conclusion Chloe, Derek, Simon and Tori will fight against the people who used them as subjects for an invulentary experiment to control their powers. The powers of the four aren’t what the scientists had anticipated and now want them gone.

Read the reviews of The Summoning (#1) or The Awakening (#2) if you haven’t read them yet. Minor spoilers may appear in this review.

Finally, Victoria turned human. The things that bothered me in the previous book were set straight in this one. Now I have the feeling that all of the characters have experienced some growth. Chloe is also getting more acquinted with her necromancer powers and by the end of the book, she has them under control.

The first quarter of the book has the same pace as the previous two, not too fast. That quickly changes once the four find out that their enemy is closer than they expected. When this part started, I couldn’t stop reading. Armstrong beautifully intertwines the scenes of action with rest and explanation. I was afraid there wouldn’t be enough time to answer all of my questions (pages were running out as the climax came closer), but it was okay. Few questions were still unanswered, but the major ones were addressed. It left things open for another book or series.

That said, I still had a feeling there was more to this world than these three books told us. A quick look online confirmed my feelings and there are at least six short stories and a novella that tell us more about the world, the characters and how their stories continue. Read the story Kat online for free.

The Reckoning gets 4,5 stars for the continued character growth (of all characters) and fast-paced story. I still have questions after finishing this book and I definitely feel there’s more to the story. I might check out the short stories if I can get my hands on them.

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