Friday, March 12, 2010
The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong
(HarperCollins, Hardcover, April 2010)
In this third volume of Kelley Armstrong's Darkest Powers trilogy, Chloe is finally beginning to control her ability to raise the dead. The usual cast of characters—Simon, Derek, and Tori—are with her at a safe house and as they began to unravel the mystery of the Edison Group, Chloe also begins to sort out her feelings for Simon and Derek.
I was hooked on this series after reading the first book, The Summoning. I loved the whole idea of a psychiatric ward for teens being a front for kids with supernatural powers. Over the course of the series, Chloe has gradually become more comfortable with her necromancy skills, scary as they are. While the second book in the series, The Awakening, fell a little flat for me as it served only to get Chloe and her friends from Point A to Point B with little character or plot development, this third volume has a lot to offer. I enjoyed reading about Chloe's developing feelings for Derek and about her growing confidence in her supernatural abilities.
However...and this isn't a flaw at all, just an observation...I felt like there was more to Chloe's story. The ending was satisfying, action packed, and closed a lot of plot lines, but throughout this third book, several clues were dropped that perhaps this won't be the last book in the series. For example, Margaret, one of the adults who takes Chloe and her friends in, looks scared when Chloe mentions that the stone in her protective necklace changed colors, but we never find out what the changing colors means. Also, there are several allusions that the Edison Group isn't the only group that Chloe needs to fear. Finally, Chloe meets a demon at one point and his parting words made me think that it wasn't the last she would see of him. I don't mean to imply that this trilogy doesn't feel finished, just that it would be great to extend it into a four or five book series. One can only wish. :)