The Reckoning (Darkest Powers Series #3)
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  • The Reckoning (Darkest Powers Series #3)

The Reckoning (Darkest Powers Series #3)

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by Kelley Armstrong

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My name is Chloe Saunders. I'm fifteen, and I would love to be normal.

But normal is one thing I'm not.

For one thing, I'm having these feelings for a certain antisocial werewolf and his sweet-tempered brother—who just happens to be a sorcerer—but, between you and me, I'm leaning toward the werewolf.

Not normal.

My friends and I are also on the

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My name is Chloe Saunders. I'm fifteen, and I would love to be normal.

But normal is one thing I'm not.

For one thing, I'm having these feelings for a certain antisocial werewolf and his sweet-tempered brother—who just happens to be a sorcerer—but, between you and me, I'm leaning toward the werewolf.

Not normal.

My friends and I are also on the run from an evil corporation that wants to get rid of us—permanently.

Definitely not normal.

And finally, I'm a genetically altered necro-mancer who can raise the dead, rotting corpses and all, without even trying.

As far away from normal as it gets.

Editorial Reviews

Melissa Marr
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.”
Charlaine Harris
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.”
Kim Harrison
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!”
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
For THE SUMMONING“Suspenseful, well-written and engaging.”
Melanie Hundley
In the third book of The Darkest Powers series, Chloe, Derek, Simon, and Tori are still on the run from the Edison Group. The people that they've run to for help are afraid of the powers the four teens have. Ghosts are attacking Chloe, and a local werewolf pack is stalking Derek. Just when the four teens think things can't get any worse, they realize that at least one of the people who are supposed to be helping them has betrayed them to the Edison Group. Chloe, Derek, and Simon are still not sure that Tori is on their side, they don't know which adult is the betrayer, and they don't know how to escape the house in which they are currently trapped. Will this be the time the Edison Group catches them, or will they be able to bring the corporation down? Reviewer: Melanie Hundley
School Library Journal
Gr 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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HarperCollins Publishers
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Darkest Powers Series, #3
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Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)
HL600L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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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.

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What People are saying about this

Kim Harrison
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!”
Melissa Marr
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.”
Charlaine Harris
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.”

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The Reckoning (Darkest Powers Series #3) 4.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 1083 reviews.
lilmudduckmuffineater More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the Darkest Powers series. It's an awesome book filled with action, adventure, and a lil romance. I'm not gonna lie though, I was a lil disappointed with the end, I think Tori should have gotten to know the big secret about her life,(you'll find out what I'm talking about if you read the book) and we should have gotten to see that in this series.Also the cover didn't really fit the book too much, in this whole book her hair was dyed and not it's natural color strawberry blond like in the other books, I think they should have shown that, I'm too paticular with deatils like that LOL! Of course the rest of the book and the whole series at that is just plain awesome, there's no other word that can describe it so well to me. It's AWESOME! AWESOME! AWESOME!!!!! You can probably see how much I like this whole series by now.Genetically altered Chloe the necromancer, Derek the werewolf, Tori the witch, and Simon the sorcerer are finally away and out of the clutches of the Edison Group. Now safe and sound, or so they think, they start to get suspicious and get answers to questions they seek. Derek completes the change into a werewolf, Chloe is being bothered by a pesky poltergeist and realizes she has feelings for Derek, and all the while the people they trusted to help them are showing their true intentions. Things start to go terribly wrong and people start to die.
Majorbookworm More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was sooooo good. This whole series was great and this was, in my opinion, the best one. I can't believe she ended up with Derek. Wow! I mean if someone told me that she would be with him while I was reading the first book I would have laughed. It was so entertaining and I can't wait until 'the gathering' comes out. This was truly a remarkable series. I absolutely recommend it along with the rest of the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Summoning and the Awakening were incredible! I could NOT put them down.I cannot wait for the next one,The Reckoning to come out. I must have it! Kelley Armstrong is an amazing writer and I recommend reading this series :) I soo think that Derek and Chloe should be together. Their a perfect match!
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favourite Kelley Armstrong's books. The story is fantastic. The characters well developed.
READING_CICK More than 1 year ago
I love this whole seires but this one so far is my fav. Im sad that is the last one in the seires. i wish there were more because some of the issues were not solved.:(. me and my friend made up a team called TEAM DEREK because we think he is just so awsome!! thumb up if u r a team derek person
Phalanges More than 1 year ago
Obviously, this was great. I was slightly disappointed with the fact that some very minor things were left unexplained. But overall, this book was the best of the series. It was kind of sad at some times, though. But still. Amazing book. This was definitely the best of the trilogy. ;D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anybody else think there should be another book? Click 'yes' if you do.
rachelFTW More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure if I can find the words to describe how I felt about this book, but I'm going to try anyway. From the moment I picked it up, I was hooked once again. My love for the series intensified by the time I got halfway through the novel. The nail-biting suspense was next to non-stop, and the budding romance had me squealing with delight at the end. I had tears in my eyes at parts, and at others I was so mad at the characters I wish I could have hit them. The fact that Kelley Armstrong can invoke so many emotions in me within one novel says a lot about her writing style. She is a breath of fresh air in the young adult world, where the standards of writing have been lowered since the publishing of that-book-that-shall-not-be-named that has teenagers going gaga. She develops her characters nicely and the plot moves along at a fast but enjoyable pace. This series is up at the top of my list with Harry Potter and A Great and Terrible Beauty, and I'm looking forward to the next book Armstrong decides to write. :)
Morganvillefreak More than 1 year ago
Omg Omg Omg I love this trilogy I so know that Chloe is going to end up with Derek I mean Simon is cool to but still its DEREK he is the Best. O so yes Kelley Armstrong writes older books I have not read them because im only a teenager but, I have read over 78 series of books im a freak I know, but this series has a lot of suspense rather than romance but the romance is super mind blowing when it comes which is what is best about this book YOU MUST READ IT!!!!
vannyalex More than 1 year ago
I found this series by accident and found that I really love the characters and the story line. I bought all the books so that I can keep rereading them on a rainy day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i love this series. I haven't exactly read this one because it hasn't come out yet, but i will get it asap when it does. Anyway, people, you should read it if you like a good mystery and adventure. It kept me begging for more after I finished the second one. I wouldn't read the second one first though. It wasn't as good not knowing what it was about without reading the first. It's just not as good to me. Well, that's about it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont read this unles you have already read the book.there is some spoilers... This is such a good series. Except i dont like how it ended with them on the run but not hunted by the St. Clouds, yet. Kelley Armstrong should make a joint series or more mini novels with all of the same characters where the St. Clouds finally found them. Still, it is a really awesome series. -The Girl With The Glasses
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay just take my and evryone elses word for it and read it mmkay? Ya know actually im gonna go read it agan rite now cuz its that awesome. So seriously. I wish they let us rate more than five stars. And that new supernatual ka series is gonna bring thse characters back into the mix so b on the lookout for that too like at the last book
DanilosLover More than 1 year ago
ok, i love the Darkest Power Series, i like the Reckoning the most so far, it scared me on one part -which im sure i will have nightmares about. im not that good at describing without telling about what happens but all i can say is that I LOVE The Reckoning!
gbubookreviews More than 1 year ago
As the Darkest Powers series comes to a close Chloe and her friends must find out what secrets their society of supernaturals, specifically the Edison Group, is hiding. Chloe and her friends have had one heck of a week, after running from Lyle House and then the Edison Group they have finally found a place where they are safe. At least for now. As Chloe, a ghost seer or necromancer will exceptional powers, starts to uncover the secrets of the house they are staying in and the people they are beginning to trust. The group, Simon, Damon, and Tori, must decide who is telling the truth, while dealing with the uncertainties of their accelerated powers. Friendships and loyalties are tested as traitors are revealed. Ultimately, Chloe and the rest must find a way to overcome their differences and figure out the story behind all the secrets. The Good: The Reckoning is an exciting, action-packed conclusion to a series I have enjoyed immensely. Chloe is an ambitious, stubborn, witty character that makes this story come to life. Damon, on the other hand, is loud and overbearing, but is always trying to put others first. Both of their inner struggles develop them into dynamic, relatable characters that are a joy to read. This story continues to unravel and then form new secrets and twists that keep you turning the pages. And though the first two novels had little romance this one does. And let me just say it's intense. Romantics will not be disappointed. The end of the story is wrapped up very nicely leaving no loose ends unanswered, which most people enjoy at the end of the series. Overall this novel has good flow and style with adventurous characters and enough twists to keep our minds guessing. The Bad: This novel was very hard to find something negative about it. I found a certain decisions made by the characters unrealistic, even for a paranormal novel. But this novel was my favorite of the trilogy and was an interesting, suspenseful read.
loveforthemoon More than 1 year ago
I thought this series was really good. A bit dark at times, but still really great. It's the perfect balance of light and dark, funny and serious, and with some romance thrown in. I loved this series. Although there were a few events, I thought it could do without, I still loved reading it. :)
Nikki28 More than 1 year ago
This series makes you keep guessing whats happening next. The story setting is in New York with stuff in there that could really happen other than all of the supernatural things. I love them and I recomened the series for anyone who loves an adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive read this series over a hundred times and yet every time i start to read it again i fall in love all over again!! This is an amazing series and im hoping to be able to get all of the authors other books too. Honestly though i do think it would have been cool if she had wrote at least ONE more book for this series other then that i advise everyone to read this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this series!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the final book. I was so happy with the choice she picked to be her boyfriend. It really is a must read. I wish there was another book. But I feel like if they did then it wouldn't be as good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is great. If you liked this try her Darkness Rising. It is in the same world and these characters make a apperance in them. :) also Women of the Otherworld takes place in the same world. :)
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nooo! I'm not ready for it to end! Just when things started to get interesting between Chloe and Derek too. Hrrrmpphhhh (disgruntled noise) Again, Armstrong picks up right where book number two left off... literally the same night. Since it's the third book in the trilogy and I don't want to really give anything away by recapping what happens in this book. What I can say is that they are still getting chased by the Edison group and Chloe is still learning to control her powers. The only thing that changes is pretty much the setting and new characters are introduced. Oh and we finally get to see what happens when Derek's change is complete. I said this before and I will say it again, I was a Derek girl from the start. I don't know why but I was. I always was the type to root for the underdog. So I was really happy that in The Awakening the two of them started to get closer and even more so in this book. Although you can see that Derek is trying really hard to fight his feelings for Chloe since after all, his brother Simon is smitten with her. However, you can tell he notices the change in Chloe and how she is acting different around him and I think that makes him even more confused. I liked the addition of the extra characters. I thought they added a nice bonus to the story and I wonder if we will ever get a glimpse into the pack from Syracuse.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She needs to keep the series going it just left us at a weird ending!!
polmudpup More than 1 year ago
I wish there was more Chloe and Derek!
BookSake More than 1 year ago
Book 3 is as quick to read as the others in the trilogy. Armstrong has a way with pacing her stories so that there is always something happening, leaving the reader barely anytime to take a breath. (How great would these books translate to film?!?!) There is no lack of substance to the characters and we get to see all of the kids evolve even further as they are thrown through loop after loop. While this is a trilogy, the story of the kids is far from over and Armstrong could continue this tale on for many more books if she so desired. (And I would read them!) These are books that I want my son to read as well. There isn't much that's inappropriate for the younger of the young adult readers. And our lead characters are all strong and stand up for what you believe in and what is right types, which is great to see, especially when the lead female isn't standing around waiting for everyone else to do the heavy lifting. I will certainly be seeking out other writings by Armstrong. Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.