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Grade 8 Up Fifteen-year-old Chloe Saunders and her friends Tori, Simon, and Derek are genetically altered supernaturals on the run from the evil corporation that created them. Hiding out with a family friend, they are trying to make sense of their predicament and discover what sinister plans the Edison Group has in store for them. As a powerful necromancer who can raise the dead in her sleep, Chloe struggles to control her abilities and figure out how to best use them to keep everyone safe. To further complicate matters (as if running for your life were not enough), Chloe wrestles with her feelings for Simon, a good-natured sorcerer, and Derek, a misunderstood werewolf. This nail-biting climax to the series continues to captivate readers with its edge-of-one's-seat pacing. Armstrong's story is full of action, romance, deception, and intrigue as well as complex characters and serious teenage issues. A satisfying addition for fans of the supernatural. Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY
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For THE SUMMONING: “Terrifying ghosts, smatterings of gore and diverse teen voices will prompt young adults to pick up the next in this series.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

For THE SUMMONING“Suspenseful, well-written and engaging.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))

For THE SUMMONING: “Action, danger, supernatural secrets, and a hint of romance--Armstrong’s world is one in which trusting the wrong person can have dire consequences. You’ll be desperate for a sequel.” (Melissa Marr)

For THE AWAKENING: “Armstrong’s vermiculate plot will exhilarate even readers new to the series...Teens grappling with their own transformations and alienating individuality will certainly follow these characters to the book’s final pages and into the next volume.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

For THE AWAKENING: “Chloe and her fellow supernatural teens struggle to find someone who will help them combat the group that’s trying to take them hostage, and there’s never a slow moment in their journey or a false line in Armstrong’s writing.” (Charlaine Harris)

For THE AWAKENING: “Kelley Armstrong has created a gritty, realistic world both teen and adult readers will enjoy. Edge-of-the-seat reading, with plenty of surprises. I want the next installment now!” (Kim Harrison)

“This nail-biting climax to the series continues to captivate readers with its edge-of-one’s-seat pacing. Armstrong’s story is full of action, romance, deception, and intrigue as well as complex characters and serious teenage issues. A satisfying addition for fans of the supernatural.” (School Library Journal)
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Product Details

  • Series: Darkest Powers (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061662836
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061662836
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (250 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm married with three kids and live in rural Ontario, Canada. After graduating with a degree in psychology, I switched gears and studied computer programming. Currently, I'm a full-time writer and parent. Could I make this section any more dull? Probably not.

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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Neutron Lurver Reviews VINE VOICE on April 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
In her final installment of the Darkest Powers trilogy, The Reckoning (Darkest Powers, Book 3), Kelley Armstrong returns us to the safe house where Chloe, Derek, Simon, and Tori are hiding from the Edison Group. Unsure of their new protectors and sometimes uncertain of each other, Chloe and her friends feel trapped and hesitant about what to do next to save themselves and to free Rae and Aunt Lauren. Combined with dangerous new ghosts, increasing romantic feelings, and the impending likelihood of Derek's first full Change, things are tense for all involved.

Like the first two books in the trilogy, I enjoyed Armstrong's strong writing and the world she has created. Pacing was solid, and the plot's twists left me guessing whom to trust and surprised when the answers were revealed. Character development continued with Chloe, Derek, and Tori, though Simon became more of a secondary character. The romantic subplot was done well again, but the romance was stronger and answered the long-awaited question of Simon versus Derek. The reader also got glimpses (though not always clear) into how the Darkest Powers trilogy relates to Armstrong's Otherworld series.

Even with these strengths, I finished feeling disappointed. This book did not provide the satisfying ending to the trilogy that I had wanted. Too many plot threads were left unexplored, unfinished, and unexplained. Nothing felt settled at the end except the romance.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jessawa on April 6, 2010
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This is the third book in the Darkest Powers trilogy and it does not disappoint. The book was just released today so I don't want to give anything away. The plot continues at the quick pace of the other books and the relationships between Derek, Simon, Chloe, and Tori continue to develop. During this book they continue their rescue of Dr. Fellows and Rae and their search for Simon and Derek's dad. Kelley Armstrong does a good job of really capturing the character personalities and making you root for them all the way. It seems like I have been waiting for this book forever and it met my expectations. The only thing that bothers me is it seems like the series could continue. A few things are left loose that I thought would be cleared up at the end of a trilogy. I definitly recommend this book but the other two in the series should be read first to understand everything.
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31 of 40 people found the following review helpful By xtina on June 8, 2010
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THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS.

Unlike the previous two installments of the Darkest Powers Series, which are driven both by plot and character development, The Reckoning is driven solely by a few of its action sequences. That a few of these scenes did keep me near the edge of my seat is, unfortunately, the only positive thing I can bring myself to say about this utterly disappointing conclusion to the trilogy.

My main criticism is that the author builds up a number of compelling issues in the previous two books which are left completely unresolved at the end of the third.

Of all of these, the most disappointing for me deals with the character development, particularly the romance between Chloe and Derek. I have to say, I was impressed with the build-up of this romance in the first two books. Derek and Chloe did seem to share a unique understanding of each other. And there were the necessary frustrating, yet interesting obstacles to their being together. But in The Reckoning, this romantic tension completely fizzled, in my opinion. None of the obstacles between Chloe and Derek are actually resolved, but somehow they magically seem to go away? The way I see it, the primary obstacle to Chloe and Derek being together is Derek's selflessness. This manifests itself in two concrete ways: 1) he is a genetically modified werewolf and fears he will lose control and hurt her (hence his shock and horror when he suspects that she likes him earlier in the series); 2) he knows his brother Simon has a crush on her and would never want to hurt Simon.

As to the first: Derek completes his transformation for the first time, realizes he retains his basic humanity even as a wolf, and therefore assumes he'll never hurt Chloe? Too convenient.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Heather VINE VOICE on April 8, 2010
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It's nearly impossible for me to write a review for books that I love. I'm never able to do them justice, but I'll give it a whirl. "The Reckoning" is the final installment to Kelley Armstrong's Darkest Powers Trilogy. If you haven't read "The Summoning" and "The Awakening", I would advise you not to read this installment until you have. The Darkest Powers' world is constantly evolving and Armstrong doesn't waste her time catching readers up to what they should already know, which I have to admit, is part of what I love about her writing.

I devoured this book. Read it in one setting even and I was glad to see "The Reckoning" took us back to "The Summoning's" eerie roots. To a place meant to be a sanctuary, but is eerily much more similar to a prison, where the do-gooders may pull a Judas, and the menaces make for the best allies. While this series may have a red-herring or two, I was so caught up in these characters and their journey that I didn't even notice them until I had read the last page. In my mind, that is a testament to good writing, to see a flaw, and not register it or care because the story is just that good.

Chloe is equally impressive. She has shown tremendous growth and has somehow avoided the Mary Sue pitfall. It seems as though writers pen two types of heroines, the uber sweet, oh so pretty girl, despairing over her shortcomings as a mortal, who somehow rises to the challenge and smites everyone, becoming the bestest superhuman ever and miraculously saves the day or the oh so snide and cynical girl, jaded by everything and everyone, who has a hard edge, but somehow softens and like her counterpart, rises to the occasion and saves the day. Both types are cliché, neither apply to Chloe.
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