, the third book in the Darkest Powers
trilogy, is just as good as the second. Lots of intrigue fuel the plot as Chloe, Derek, Simon, and Tori try to determine who’s really on their side and has their best interests at heart.
Derek and Chloe feel uneasy at the safe house. Things are moving too smoothly for comfort and they begin to question if their recent getaway from the Edison Group was in fact too easy…. To make matters worse, Chloe has some rather disturbing encounters with a ghost named Royce that make her question if the safe house is really a “safe house.” Tori also makes some discoveries that confirm their suspicions, causing them to make plans for another escape.
The story has good pacing that keeps the reader’s interest. This is also aided by the fact that the characters are well developed and likable. There’s also good chemistry between Chloe and Derek. However, the ending isn’t really original. It’s reminiscent of L.J. Smith’s Dark Visions
trilogy, i.e. it’s sort of open ended, making the reader wonder what will happen next for the characters. Yet, as with the Dark Visions
books, I wasn’t really bothered by it.
But, The Reckoning
does have its detractions. The reader doesn’t learn more about the background of the supernaturals… the lore. It would have been nice to learn more about the necromancers, werewolves, witches, and sorcerers, unless Armstrong has already done this in her Women of the Otherworld
series. Also, the reader is never told why Chloe’s necklace shifts color: It’s briefly mentioned then quickly dropped, with no real explanation.
Regardless, this was a fun trilogy to read and I may continue to read more of Kelly Armstrong’s work.