Book: The Reckoning (The Darkst Powers 3) by Kelly Armstrong
Release Date: April 6th 2010
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Possible spoilers for the series.
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…
The Reckoning is the third and final installment to the Darkest Powers. While I had higher expectations of this last book, it was certainly still an enjoyable read.
One of the things with The Darkest Powers books is that they are such easy and fast reads. You fly through it. There is something a bit addictive about them that you need to know what happens next. Perhaps that is why I feel so dissatisfied with the ending.
When it comes to the plot nothing particular stands out. Nothing idea wise is super original. And in set up it is somewhat similar with how much action there is throughout the book and that they can’t really trust anyone. However because you are attached to the characters it doesn’t bother you at all. The characters and their interactions is what makes this story. I did think the ending in the building was a bit too easy with their father just showing up.
Wrap up wise I feel that this trilogy ends on too many loose ends. They haven’t defeated their enemies, they just got away. While the enemy has taken a hit there is no way they are safe now, and they will have to continue to run for the rest of their lives. So I am dissatisfied by this. There is no real resolve besides their initial goal of the first book. It just feels like there is more to come while the trilogy has ended. I did browse around Goodreads and saw mentioned that these characters will show up in another trilogy called Darkness Rising, though they aren’t the main characters as far as I can tell. I might give that trilogy a go some time.
I do feel that most of these characters have had some growth throughout the trilogy. However it is good to realize that they are only 15 and that the time these three books are spread out over is reasonably short. Chloe still doesn’t have the absolute control over her powers, but there wasn’t enough time for her to really develop it more than she did. I would love to see how these characters grow. I think the only character that had the least amount of grow was Simon. I liked how Tori turned from the bitch to a somewhat likeable character. She’s still in your face, but she has learned to let others in, somewhat.
As for the romance, like I said in the review of the second book, there is a difference in bond with the two guys of the trilogy. I am pleased to see that Chloe realized this as well at some point throughout this book. So I am reasonably pleased with how this triangle was resolved. There were normal responses, but nothing too over dramatic to be honest. And they still kept their eye on what needed to be done. I liked how their bond and romance was build up over the three books. However she is 15 so I wonder how much of this will hold.