From the best-selling author of the Mistborn series and Words of Radiance comes Calamity, the final book in the New York Times best-selling Reckoners series. What started in the instant number-one New York Times best seller Steelheart and continued in the instant number-one New York Times best seller Firefight now concludes in Calamity.
When Calamity lit up the sky, the Epics were born. David's fate has been tied to their villainy ever since that historic night. Steelheart killed his father. Firefight stole his heart. And now Regalia has turned his closest ally into a dangerous enemy.
David knew Prof's secret and kept it even when Prof struggled to control the effects of his Epic powers. But facing Obliteration in Babilar was too much. Once the Reckoners' leader, Prof has now embraced his Epic destiny. He's disappeared into those murky shadows of menace Epics are infamous for the world over, and everyone knows there's no turning back....
But everyone is wrong. Redemption is possible for Epics - Megan proved it. They're not lost. Not completely. And David is just about crazy enough to face down the most powerful High Epic of all to get his friend back. Or die trying.
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When last we left the Reckoners their leader Jonathan Phaedrus had given into his powers. Now David Charleston, “The Steelslayer,” is out to prove that Epics can be redeemed. He and his crew of Epic killers travel to the city of Ildithia, formerly known as Atlanta but now located in Kansas (you’ll find out why and how), where a series of raids, chases, rescues, and stunningly destructive spectacles of both magic and high tech gizmos arises; comic book action at its finest.
This is a terrific ending to a fantastic trilogy and the final outcome was surprising. Like most of Brandon Sanderson’s books the writing is never boring and the narrator, MacLeod Andrews, gives another great performance. I would recommend this trilogy to anyone that likes this genre.
I love a good chaotic adventure with creativity, heart and lots of laughs.
Yes. It's the third book that concludes "The Reckoners" series, but a well written and heartfelt conclusion it is. I recommend the entire series, actually, as the story's quality stays strong till the very end.
Oh, tough question. They were all so great. David and his bad similes still take the cake, but the rest were so awesome that it's hard to choose. Most of the Reckoners could probably be the main character in their own novel; they were all likable, but some had still relatively mysterious open ended pasts that could be expanded upon.
MacLeod Andrews did a near perfect job in his narration throughout this whole series. No exaggeration.
Broken, but not beaten.
If you like the supernatural, comic books, witty well written characters, or adventure of any kind then read "The Reckoners" series. Full of laughs, tears and very human moments, the entire series has a lot of heart. You will not regret it. Excellent audiobooks.
Genre: Modern Fantasy adventure (think comic books)
Audience: Anybody really. Teens and above.
Series: "The Reckoners"
Book 1: Steelheart
Book 2: Firefight
Book 3: Calamity
The beginning of the book moved seamlessly from Firefight. The progression of David and the other characters was great until part 4. The ending of the book felt rushed and an afterthought. After reading the entire series having it end like that saddens me.
Narrator was fantastic. Sometimes it was hard to remember it was the same guy doing the voices. The story was very good too. However, sometimes I felt as if Sanderson was writing himself into a hole without fully knowing himself what he was trying to say. While this book has, to me, one of the best action scenes of the trilogy, the ending still felt very rushed. The book is called Calamity but it's not about Calamity at all until the final 20 minutes.
Overall, the book is excellent and the narration is one of the best, just not sure this is the best of the series.
Brandon Sanderson brings the Reckoners series to a tidy end with book #3,Calamity. Now that Prof has been consumed by the madness that drives Epics to perform evil deeds it is up to David Charleston and the few remaining Reckoners to find a way to save mankind. Although he bears the nickname Steelslayer, David is no longer motivated by revenge for the death of his father and he now realizes that he shares his father belief that the Epics will save humanity and not destroy it.
David thinks he knows the secret to turning Epics away from their evil tendencies and his plan is to test his theory on Prof. No matter how the odds stack against him, David's love for Megan remains proof enough to him that he is on the right track and Epics can be good. His plan is to turn Prof back to a good guy and then as a team go after Calamity and bring an end to the reign of the Epics.
Throughout the book evidence begins to mount that David's theory is not correct and the loyalty of all the Reckoners is put to the test with the fate of mankind in the balance. Sanderson weaves layer upon layer into the story and nothing is as simple as David would like to be, but in the end it all gets revealed and explained.
This book moves along quickly with MacLeod Andrews doing another excellent narration. Chances are if you are reading this review then you enjoyed books 1 and 2 so dive right in and rest assured that Calamity will not disappoint you.
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Sanderson is one of my favorite authors for fantasies, and I really enjoyed this series.
Calamity, as well as the other stories in the series, was well written, creative and fast paced, but it was the characters I fell in love with (even the bad ones). While David and Megan were my favorite characters, I loved the epics and their different powers.
Mr. Andrews did an amazing job narrating the story and bringing the characters to life. Between the plot, characters and narrator, I had fun listening to this story. Kinda sad this is the last in the series.
This story is well worth the time and credit.
Audio book addict, spending a fortune on this passion. ;)
This is the grand finale to the Epic tale. We're no longer in New York, and we haven't gone back to Chicago, but we're in Atlanta now, which, just like the steel-city and the water-city, has a specific feature: the buildings, trees, etc are made of salt, AND the city moves, destroying and rebuilding itself every seven days.
David and his decimated team of Reckoners meet old foes and new ones, and they aren't well equipped or prepared. However, they get help from unexpected quarters, and so they take up the fight against Prof -- and ultimately, against Calamity.
Again, this book is full of surprises, there are so many unexpected twists and turns, it is a joy to behold. I really need to make my son listen to this epic (sorry, can't resist the pun here) trilogy, so at least somebody will know what I mean, should I ever find myself exclaiming: "Sparks!" or "Calamity!" Yes, that's all the cursing there is (and it's very often just an exclamation of surprise).
Oh, and I love didgeridooing -- I want that filter for some of the books I read/listen to!!
McLeod Andrews'narration was perfect again, and I think I prefer him to Michael Kramer (who is a great narrator, too).
So, I guess you can see that I'm quite enthusiastic about this trilogy, it's great ya stuff that makes you think, because of course all the right questions are being raised (about the legitimacy of killing a foe, for instance, and how you go on living with the knowledge that you've killed --admittedly dangerous, tyrannical -- people who never chose to be like they are. Can you overcome the darkness within you? Can friends help you with it? And what about love?
This trilogy isn't just a great ya story, but it is food for thought, too.
I've come to expect a certain level of intensity and ridiculousness from Sanderson. This, however, is probably the most intense book I've ever read from him. Sanderson is a madman in the best possible way and every single second of this entire series is suspenseful, rewarding, and just plain awesome.
I loved this whole series. About on part with Mistborn. McCloud Andrews does a great job with all the voices. Highly recommended.
This has been a wonderful light sci-fi series for young adults. David Charleston and the remaining Reckoners are out to save Prof, and also end Calamity's hold on Earth. Although some of the action is repetitive, and perhaps a bit sloggy, the end is certainly worth the whole book.
This is the sort of stuff our youth should be reading--things that make you think of the deep, important questions discussed by Gandalf, Dumbledore, and even Marvel Comics. This is about Good and Evil, human nature, the worth of souls, love, beauty, friendship, the meaning of life, all of that. You can read into it religion, philosophy, or humanism as you like, or not. You can enjoy it for the action, relationships, and other-dimension concepts.
I recommend this series to children and youths, as well as adults who appreciate young adult literature.
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