Review: The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong

Sunday, October 21, 2012
Series: Darkest Powers #3
Publication Date: April 6, 2010
Pages: 391
Publisher: Orbit
Reviewer: Amber R. 

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.

I read this entire trilogy in a matter of two or three days. I started this one right after I finished the second because I absolutely could not go a day without seeing how this all played out. If I haven't said it before, I'm saying it again, Kelley Armstrong is easily becoming one of my favorite authors. I love Chloe as our YA heroine. Although all these crazy revelations are coming about she totally keeps her head, mostly. I mean she is a 15 year old girl.

The group finally gets to Simon and Derek's dad's friend, Andrew. And he's helping them stay away from the Edison Group. But strange things keep happening, like a creepy half demon ghost who is harassing Chloe. Also, things are just not adding up. Andrew brings some of his supernatural friends into the mix to help train the kids but things don't pan out the way they hoped. Mainly because Andrew's friends are horrified by the kids and the way that their powers have manifested. It seems like someone is trying to get Derek out of the mix. Because werewolves apparently don't mix with polite supernatural society.

I ended up loving Tori, like I hated her in the first book. I didn't even feel sorry for her when we found out her mom was a psycho. But in this book she really wins me over. Throughout the first book and part of the second book it really seems like Chloe and Simon are going to end up together. Even though, I was rooting for Derek the whole time. In this book, that whole situation comes to a head.

This book really wraps up what had been going on throughout the trilogy. However, it does leave things kinda open in the end. I would really love to see more from this group. There are still questions that were brought up in the final pages of this book that weren't answered. I know it's a trilogy but I really feel like there could be more stories. So I feel like Kelley Armstrong should just humor me and write at least 10 more books with these characters.


  1. I am am so glad you loved this series. and of coarse you loved Derek. I've loved him from the beginning.

    Now I'm going to make you read her adult series. They're amazing too. Trust your book pimp.

  2. Kelley is one of those authors who's books I can re-read several times and never get fed-up of them! You need to read The Gathering and The Calling, it's a different group with the same enemy just one of the other experiment groups but they'll meet up with Chloe's group at the end of the third book, so Kelley's not done with Chloe et al just yet! I'm hoping it won't be two long before they get another full book of their own again though!


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