The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong

Ah….  The Reckoning was a great ending to the Darkest Powers trilogy – I loved it!  OK I’ll admit – having the book signed by Kelley helped too 🙂  The story did keep me guessing and wondering who the good guys were and who the bad guys were – it was an excellent mix of intrigue and mystery.  Who were the ghosts that Chloe could talk to?  Were they good or bad?  Were they taking advantage of Chloe or was she taking advantage of them?  And were Aunt Lauren and Andrew working in the kids’ best interest or were they really working for the Edison Group?  And when it comes down to it – who is the Edison Group?  and why are they still after Chloe, Derek, Simon and Tori?

I really enjoyed the budding relationship between Chloe and Derek – it was so fun to watch!  Overall I enjoyed the entire trilogy but I still have a few unanswered questions.  The big one is the charm on Chloe’s necklace.  I didn’t understand why or how it changed colours – and what that meant.  It was mentioned at the end of the first book but then it was never mentioned again.  Was there something to it?  Or was this just an excellent marketing scheme for the book covers?  I guess I was left a bit confused about this one.

I would recommend this book to 13 yrs and older.

Favourite quotes:

“Oh, but it’s so much fun.  All that fire and brimstone and rivers of lava.  Demons beating their ragged wings and fanning the flames.”  A pause, then a deep sigh.  “Sarcasm is lost on the young and gullible, isn’t it?  I meant it figuratively.  Wreak havoc, if you will.  Smite our mutual enemies”          p. 322

“…A lesson to you in keeping secrets.  They will come back to haunt you in the most uncomfortable ways.”             p.335

Armstrong, Kelley.  (2010).  The Reckoning.  Toronto, ON:  Doubleday Canada.

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