The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong

#20 of 200

Original Language: English
Publisher: HarperCollins
Country: United States of America
Publication Date: April 6, 2010
ISBN: 0061662836
Page Count: 391
Only two weeks ago, life was all too predictable. But that was before I saw my first ghost. Now along with my supernatural friends Tori, Derek, and Simon, I’m on the run from the Edison Group, which genetically altered us as part of their sinister experiment. We’re hiding in a safe house that might not be as safe as it seems. We’ll be gone soon anyway, back to rescue those we’d left behind and take out the Edison Group … or so we hope too.

The Darkest Powers trilogy, by Kelley Armstrong, comes to a thrilling, but slightly disappointing (in some ways), conclusion in The Reckoning. The adventures, and misadventures, of Chloe Saunders and her friends take a new direction in The Reckoning. Finally they have adult supernaturals teaching them how to manage their powers, and searching for a way to bring down the Edison Group and save their family/friends. Except for one problem, their powers are much stronger than anyone expected and suddenly Chloe and her friends are a danger…to everyone.

The Reckoning picks up a lot of the frayed ends from the Awakening; the Chloe, Simon, Derek love triangle; what happened to Aunt Lauren and Rae; the strength of their powers and more. One thing that wasn’t explained, or expanded on, was the necklace, and by extension, Chloe’s mother. The ‘ruby’ is meant to dull Chloe’s necromancy aura to protect her from ghosts. Yet, as the books progress the jewel goes from a rich red, to a sparkling blue and finally becomes a soft purple. Why? Chloe’s mother gave her the ruby to protect her from the ghosts she saw as a child, and she makes an appearance as a ghost. To say what?

Too many questions, and I’m desperately hoping to see more of Chloe Saunders in the future. As a protagonist she is determined, open minded and passionate about her goal of bringing down the Edison Group.

The Reckoning is the conclusion of Chloe’s adventures, and may be a disappointing finish for anyone expecting a supernatural civil war and the ultimate downfall of the Edison Group. Fortunately, for anyone who hasn’t gotten their fill of genetically altered supernatural teens, the Darkness Rising trilogy is coming soon. Book one, The Gathering, will be released in April 2011. Darkness Rising will be a companion trilogy for the Darkest Powers, and will hopefully tie up some of the lose ends.

The Reckoning is the final instalment in the Darkest Powers trilogy that began with The Summoning, and The Awakening.
Raiding Bookshelves Rating
Judging by the Cover: the Darkest Power covers are great. They have a bit of mystery and draw the eye. The crystal is an important identifier for Chloe and they are an important reminder of her Mother. The colour of the crystals looks fantastic, and though the change isn’t explained in the book (much to my chagrin), they really get your attention. I also like that the cover model’s hair colour has changed here.

My favourite thing about the covers is how they match. The first and last books have the cover model looking inwards, and The Awakening has the model looking straight ahead. They capture an image of beginning, middle and end, or book ends.


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