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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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  • corona, ca United States
  • 02-18-16

Climactic Battles Second Chances? as Calamity Ends

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.

29 of 34 people found this review helpful

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An Epic Finale

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Ridiculous!

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.

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  • Paul
  • Frisco, TX
  • 07-19-16

Great book but felt rushed

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.

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A great ending to a great series

Here in the series finale author focuses on bringing the story to the close. It doesn’t have as much action as the first book in the series, (but more than the second) and only introduces on new character. It takes several twists and turn along the way which I didn’t see coming and as always has some great metaphors (or poor attempts at them which is the fun). The story is new and inventive which is really makes it unique. Well written and balanced ‘Calamity’ is a fitting if somewhat sappy ending to the Reckoners series.

Mr. Andrews does a great job with all the characters and really helps bring the story to life.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Excellent conclusion to the story

I loved this whole series. About on part with Mistborn. McCloud Andrews does a great job with all the voices. Highly recommended.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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An epic ending to an epic story.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

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.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Broken, but not beaten.

Any additional comments?

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

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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That's how you end it??

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.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • SAN JOSE, CA, United States
  • 03-25-16

The Epic Conclusion :)

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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Another Awesome Story by Sanderson!

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.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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