by Kelley Armstrong
The Reckoning, Armstrong’s third and final book in her Darkest Powers series brings some closure to the story of Chloe and her fellow Edison Group ‘experiments.’ This novel finally clears up the question over which adults are genuinely looking out for the teens and those who are just looking to cover up the fact they were part of ethically questionable genetic experiments. The good news is that by the end of the book, they understand who they can count as allies. The bad news is that at the start of the novel they are in the custody of those who are really good at pretending they are looking out for the kids’ best interests.
The novel also brings closure to the developing love triangle between Simon, Derek and Chloe. While some might say that the resolution is surprising, most readers will likely have seen the love match coming from the first book. Still, it’s interesting to witness the characters not realize what is happening as a result of the strengthening bonds that often develop between those who share a traumatic experience, even if it’s not exactly unexpected.
As is typical of an Armstrong story, though, for every thread that gets neatly tied off, another is left to dangle with the tease of another story yet to weave. Many of her novels are interconnected and the wider world she draws from seems to stretch to infinity. If you haven’t gotten enough of the characters and their supernatural adventures, you are likely to find them popping in other tales. Chloe and Derek, specifically, star in a pair of books that continue the Darkest Power stories, one a novel which serves as epilogue to the first three books and one a series of short stories that are woven in and around the first three books.
For a general recommendation, I stick by my first impression of book one–the series is plot-driven, easy-reading, supernatural fun. If witches and wizards, necromancers and werewolves are your thing, you’ll almost certainly enjoy the ride.