The Reckoning by Kelley ArmstrongThe Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong

The Reckoning

byKelley Armstrong

Paperback | June 14, 2011

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Only two weeks ago, life was all too predictable. But that was before I saw my first ghost. Now along with my supernatural friends Tori, Derek, and Simon, I'm on the run from the Edison Group, which genetically altered us as part of their sinister experiment. We're hiding in a safe house that might not be as safe as it seems. We'll be gone soon anyway, back to rescue those we'd left behind and take out the Edison Group . . . or so we hope.
KELLEY ARMSTRONG is the author of New York Times bestselling The Summoning and The Awakening, as well as the internationally bestselling series, Women of the Otherworld. Armstrong lives in rural Ontario with her husband and three children.
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Title:The ReckoningFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 7.26 × 5.11 × 1.05 inPublished:June 14, 2011Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

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Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great I've read this book 5 times, its definitely one of my favourites
Date published: 2017-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Reckoning Third book of trilogy. Excellent series for young readers ready to attack bigger books for the first time. Not too long and exciting to read.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Great ending to the series!
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great ending to a great series I loved the whole series and the ending wasn't necessarily what you expect. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love this read this every year since I started high school in 2015, and still love it. Have the short stories that go with the series also
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Reckoning Although not quite as engrossing the the Women of the Otherworld series and more geared towards teens, Kelley Armstrong does have another hit.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After I really, really loved the first two books in Kelley Armstrong's Darkest Powers series, so I was excited and also a bit sad to come to the end of the trilogy. It took me a little bit just to get into the book because I wanted to make it last as long as possible. When I came to the end of the novel, I was sad but also very pleased with how it all ended. Reasons to Read: 1.Chloe's acceptance of her powers: Throughout the whole Darkest powers series, Chloe has been very apprehensive about her newfound power. She refuses to use it(not even for practice), so she is basically left defenseless, acting as the damsel in distress. By the time the third book rolls around, she is still scared about using it, but she comes to an acceptance of it. She finally comes to realize that it's okay for her to use her power. The change is gradual, but I really liked seeing just how much Chloe has come along from the first book. 2.A twist! A twist!: I really think that Kelley Armstrong writes twists well. While they are not the most unique plot twists there are, I do fnd myself genuinely surprised when I come across them. There have been plot twists in the previous two novels, but I really liked the ones in this particular book. I thought that they made a lot of sense to the plot, and they added to the overall story very nicely. There aren't too many turns, so you don't become tired of them easily. There are enough, though, to keep a strong interest in the book. 3.The Open Ending: This book has one of those endings that you will either love or hate. I just happened to love it. Many of the loose ends are tied up at the end, but there are still a lot of questions that are left unanswered. I liked that the ending is left so open. We get to imagine where the characters go next, and how their lives turn out ourselves. Although I usually dislike this kind of ending, everything that I was hoping would happen, happened. So I was happy with that. It also left a space for another novel if the author did decide to write another book-even though this is only supposed to be a trilogy. Again, a couple of times Chloe did get a little bit annoying because of her refusing to use her powers, so she was basically useless. I was really glad that she did evolve a bit so she was not half as useless by the end of the novel.I think that fans of the Darkest Powers trilogy will really enjoy this novel. If you haven't read the Darkest Powers, I highly reccomend you do so. I'm sad that this trilogy is over, but I'm really glad that I finally gave in and read it.
Date published: 2012-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite! this was by far my favorite book i wish it didn't end! this series is a must read!
Date published: 2012-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic conclusion but leaves room for more? ***possible spoilers*** This was a fantastic conclusion to the series and I wouldn’t know how to end it as good as this. I am glad some of the loose ends have been tied up, however there are still some that are left open. I wonder if there’s going to be more to this (I hope!) The pace is slower than usual, but in return you get great character development Each of these characters had their own issues, and although the bickering still continues, each of them have grown up and matured. What I enjoyed reading was more into Chloe’s gift as a necromancer. There is a lot more to her ‘gift’ and that provided some good interesting reading. What was also interesting was Tori. Although still snarky at times, she’s kept that in check and even manages to help and defend Chloe when needed. I thought she grew up and matured the most. I started liking her a lot more as the trilogy unfolded, at first I used to hate her a lot, now she ended up being much more agreeable and likable. I was so happy with Chloe and Derek! I loved them both together. There was a sense of togetherness and they compliment each other so well. I loved how Chloe was so supportive of Derek and his ‘condition’, and Derek would protect Chloe by any means possible. I think they made a great couple! The story overall was good despite having some loose ends open and close. The writing was still excellent and there were still moments where you had the heebie jeebies. There were quite a few extreme tense moments (especially when you find out who’s on who’s side) and this was great to read, but what I enjoyed the most were the moments with Chloe and Derek. I really loved reading about them together. It was nice seeing these characters develop and grow as the story went along. The ending was really good with a few revelations revealed. Some might say it’s not really an ending as it leaves things to be settled. I still say this was a great ending to this trilogy and I want to know if there’s going to be more to it. Tori has become such a fascinating character all of a sudden that I wish there’s going to be more on these great characters and how they’re going to manage living on. It’s a great series and not one to be missed! I absolutely recommend this for YA Paranomal readers out there!
Date published: 2011-07-06

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One  AFTER FOUR NIGHTS ON the run, I was finally safe, tucked into bed and enjoying the deep, dreamless sleep of the dead . . . until the dead decided they’d really rather have me awake. It started with a laugh that slid into my sleep and pulled me out of it. As I rose on my elbows, blinking and struggling to remember where I was, a whisper snaked around me, words indistinguishable. I rubbed my eyes and yawned. Dull gray light shone through the curtains. The room was silent and still. No ghosts, thank God. I’d had enough in the last few weeks to last me a lifetime. A scrape at the window made me jump. These days, every branch scratching the glass sounded like a zombie I’d raised from the dead, clawing to get in. I went to the window and pulled back the curtains. It’d been nearly dawn by the time we got to the house, so I knew it had to be at least midmorning, but the fog outside was so thick I couldn’t see anything. I leaned closer, nose pressed to the cold glass. A bug splattered against the window and I jumped a foot in the air. A laugh sounded behind me. I whirled, but Tori was still in bed, whimpering in her sleep. She’d thrown off the covers and was curled up on her side, her dark hair spiked across the pillow. Another chuckle erupted behind me. Definitely a guy’s laugh. But no one was there. No, strike that. I just couldn’t see anyone. For a necromancer, that doesn’t mean no one is there. I squinted, trying to catch the flicker of a ghost and saw, off to the left, the flash of a hand that was gone before I could see more. “Looking for someone, little necro?” I spun. “Who’s there?” A snicker answered me—the kind of snicker every fifteen-year-old girl has heard a million times from jerk boys. “If you want to talk to me, you have to show yourself,” I said. “Talk to you?” he said in an arrogant high school quarterback voice. “I think you’re the one who wants to talk to me.” I snorted and headed back to bed. “No?” His voice slid around me. “Huh. I figured you’d want to know more about the Edison Group, the Genesis experiments, Dr. Davidoff . . .” I stopped. He laughed. “Thought so.” The four of us—Tori, Derek, Simon, and me—were on the run from the Edison Group after discovering we were subjects in the Genesis project, an experiment for genetically modifying supernaturals. My aunt Lauren had been one of the doctors involved, but she’d betrayed her colleagues by helping us get away. Now she was being held captive. Or so I hoped. Last night, when the Edison Group tracked us down, a ghost had tried to help me . . . a ghost who had looked like Aunt Lauren. We were supposedly in a safe house owned by a group opposing the experiments. Now a teenaged ghost showed up, knowing about the project? I wasn’t about to banish him, however tempting it might be. “Show yourself,” I said. “Bossy little necro, aren’t you?” His voice slid behind me. “You just want to see if I’m as hot as I sound.” I closed my eyes, pictured a vague male form, and gave a mental tug. He began to materialize—a dark-haired guy, maybe sixteen, seventeen, nothing special, but with a smarmy smile that said he thought he was. I could still see through him, like he was a hologram, so I closed my eyes to give him another pull. “Uh-uh,” he said. “You want more, we gotta get to know each other a little better.” He disappeared again. “What do you want?” I asked. He whispered in my ear. “Like I said, to get to know you better. Not here, though. You’ll wake your friend. She’s cute, but not really my type.” His voice moved to the door. “I know a place we can chat in private.” Yeah, right. Did he think I’d just started talking to ghosts yesterday? Well, close—two weeks ago, actually. But I’d already seen enough to know that while there were some ghosts who wanted to help and some who just wanted to talk, there were more who wanted to cause a little trouble, spice up their afterlife. This guy definitely fell in the last category. Still, if he was another Edison Group subject, one who’d presumably died in this house, I needed to find out what had happened to him. But I wanted backup. Tori had no experience helping me with ghosts and, while we were getting along better, she still wasn’t anyone I wanted watching my back. So I followed the ghost into the hall, but stopped at Simon and Derek’s door. “Uh-uh,” the ghost said. “You don’t need to bring a guy along.” “They’d like to talk to you, too.” I raised my voice, praying Derek would hear me. He usually woke at the slightest noise—werewolves have superhearing. All I could hear, though, was Simon’s snores. There was no one else upstairs. Andrew, the guy who’d brought us here, had taken the downstairs bedroom. “Come on, necro girl. This is a limited-time offer.” You know he’s up to no good, Chloe. Yes, but I also needed to know if we were in danger here. I decided to proceed with extreme caution. My subconscious voice didn’t argue, which I took as a positive sign. I started walking. We’d gone straight to bed after we got here, so I hadn’t gotten a good look at our new place. I only knew that it was huge—a rambling Victorian straight out of a Gothic horror movie. As I followed the voice down the hall, I had the weird sense I was in one of those movies, caught in an endless narrow corridor, passing closed door after closed door until I finally reached the staircase . . . heading up. From what I’d seen of the house as we’d driven up, it was three stories. The bedrooms were on the second floor, and Andrew had said the third was an attic. So the ghost was leading me to the dark, spooky attic? I wasn’t the only one who’d seen too many horror films. I followed him up the stairs. They ended at a landing with two doors. I paused. A hand appeared through the door in front of me, beckoning. I took a second to prepare myself. No matter how dark it was in there, I couldn’t let him see my fear. When I was ready, I grabbed the doorknob and— It was locked. I turned the dead bolt latch and it clicked free. Another deep breath, another second of mental preparation, then I swung the door open and stepped in— A blast of cold air knocked me back. I blinked. Ahead, fog swirled. A dead bolt on an attic door, Chloe? No, I was standing on the roof.

Editorial Reviews

"There's never a slow moment in their journey or a false line in Armstrong's writing."— Charlaine Harris, author of Dead to the World"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, author of White Witch, Black Curse"Armstrong continues to captivate. I'm hooked!"— Melissa Marr, author of Wicked Lovely