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(The Reckoners #3)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  71,355 ratings  ·  5,485 reviews
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 Oblit
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published February 16th 2016 by Delacorte Press
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Sean Barrs
Jan 07, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I had some MAJOR issues with this book, MAJOR ones!

What happened Mr Sanderson? Where did your story go? Where did the intensity wonder off to? Where did the snappy writing go, and the energetic action? What happened to everything that made this series great?

It vanished.




This was a hollow shell of what came before it. I’m shocked, completely shocked. I had high expectations for this; the first two books were brilliant. I couldn’t wait to read the conclusion. It was
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
My name is David Charleston.
I clicked the button.
And I kill Epics.
The bomb detonated.

I loved this book so much! It was perfect for me! ❤

Damn, if I didn't cry =( It was a good cry though! ❤

David and the group are out trying to stop one of the other people in their group from being bad. Things happened in the last book and now they are trying to make it right.

A new character that I fell in love with was Knighthawk. He's freaking awesome and funny and you just have to read about it. He's got h
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Sooooo . . .

This one . . . I had issues. LOTS of issues. Like a MULTITUDE of unanswered questions. Like the chaotic mess of the last 20%, followed by the way too easy (inevitable) demise of Bad Guy(s)--seriously, during one of them, Sanderson actually said, "just like that."


Do you guys want to hear that a HEP big Bad Guy was thwarted/overthrown/vanquished/etc. "just like that"?

B/c I do NOT.


Sanderson. So many, many good things as well.

Full RTC.

My other reviews for this serie
Robin (Bridge Four)
ON SALE!!!! Kindle deal for a limited time for $1.99 01Nov18 at Amazon

3.14159265359 I have no idea how to rate this, so Pi it is Stars

Buddy Reading with my fellow Sandersontitus sufferers at - you guys were a blast to read this with.


I think this is the first Brandon Sanderson book that when I was done I just wasn’t sure what or even how to rate it. “I feel, like a barrel of green ducks at a Fourth of July parade.”

Why you ask am I having so much trouble deciding? Well I’ll tell you….it was
Lindsey Rey
[4.5 Stars]

I must say, I very much enjoyed this book, but this is the first time I've read a Sanderson novel where I don't think everything made sense.
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes you really look forward to a book so much that your expectations are sky high, unfortunately more often than not the book misses the mark, this book hit it the target like a bullet to the brain. I love this book. This book is fast paced, and every time I finished a chapter I wanted to read the next one straight away. Hell I just finished it and I am already wishing for another book. Actually the only bad thing I can say about this book is it finished. 400+ pages just flew by.

David hate
An Epic finale!

This is the third and final novel in the book series “The Reckoners”.


Epics are strange, wonderful, and terrible all at once. Don’t let yourself get drawn in by that. It can lead you to… difficult places.

In the two previous novels (along with Mitosis, a short story after the first book), Steelheart and Firefight, you get to know striking looking places such as Newcago (I still laugh about that name… it’s a Spanish-speaking thing) and Babilar, but sti
Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
So I've finally taken the leap & finished a Young Adult series by one of my favorite Adult Fantasy writers, and I must say I'm very pleased with the outcome of that risk.

I've come to expect great things from Brandon Sanderson & once again I think he's delivered a gem of the genre.

Some things you might be wondering:

Is the series perfect? No, it isn't perfect. But it's a hell of a ride with some fun characters, an engaging, fast-paced story, and witty, realistic writing.

How does this series comp
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I would like to start by discussing writings of Brandon Sanderson in general even though I risk having a lynching mod of his fans showing at my doors. The guy writes fairly fast and he already delivered several complete series. I wish he would teach Speed Writing 101 to George R.R. Martin, Patrick Rothfuss, and J.V. Jones, but I strongly suspect they will fail the final exam. Coming back to Sanderson, he creates very original and interesting magic systems. He is one of the best modern fantasy wr ...more

Okay. Too easy. I mean, some low hanging fruit can be knocked off the tree by Tom Thumb, but Come On, can't you see that was too EASY?

Seriously. I can't remember when I've had so much plain simple evil superhero FUN.

Are all my expectations met? You betcha.

Did sit excitedly through the entire tale, piecing together all the things that came before to make this come to a great end? Yes. Was I truly satisfied? Yes. Yes I was.

It's an easy tale that rides all our superhero expectations and toys w
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, own, own-read
Damn, what a finale. This trilogy still, to this day, remains to be one of my favorites. I had a blast re-reading it.

There will be heroes. Just wait.

I get why some people dislike this book. But... how can anyone dislike this book?

Before I started reading Calamity I read a lot of reviews written by people who were disappointed by this book. So I got into it expecting I was not going to like it. And I'm glad I did, because this book surprised the hell out of me. I'm even g
Chelsea ✨Arielle’s Nebular Ally and Team Acrux✨

There will be heroes. Just wait.

I think this is one of those reviews where I’m going to make it quick: This series, these characters, this author are epic. Truly. I have loved every single minute of this series from beginning to end…

Where we're from, there's no sun,
Our hometown's in the dark,
Where we're from, we're no one,
Our hometown's in the dark,
Our hometown's in the dark

Twenty-one pilots song PERFECT for this series! :P

and I’m not going to tarnish something I’ve always enjoye
Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mhm. I don't know how I feel about that ending.🤔 ...more
Beth Hudspeth
Hello Beautiful Book Blog
Well, David Charleston, it seems you got off easy in this final installment. I feel like it was harder to defeat Steelheart.

The demands I made before reading Calamity:
♥ Backgrounds for Prof, Tia and Mizzy --- Eh.
♥ More explanation of "Calamity" --- Mostly.
♥ More similes, of course --- Check!
♥ Megan and David in love --- ♥♥♥ I'm happy.
♥ All my favorite characters live (don't wanna spoil)

I guess about 75% was fulfilled. We got very little backgrounds for everyo
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya-books
I thought Calamity was a satisfying conclusion to the Reckoners series. This series is no Cosmere, but it is still a ton of fun. Then again, Sanderson+Superheroes was always going to be a win for me!

This third book actually had a slightly sluggish start, but luckily the pace and intensity picked up as the story progressed. David and the Reckoners were on the move again, this time to the mobile city of salt Illithia. I liked the new setting. It was cool and an equal to the likes of NewCago and B
Kells Next Read
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*Fistpumping* Still, hours after this read. I love you Brandon Sanderson.

Freaking Gold...Gold I Say!!

Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank God .. I couldn't take another series finale going horribly array , I'm glad Mr Sanderson delivered, i feared the worst diving in especially after reading some comments, to each his own of course , I'm just glad i liked it , i enjoyed the events as they unfolded and when it got very exciting and action packed, David's metaphors as always were mental , the novel had a hyper feeling about it the tension raising exponentially ,,, I'm very glad i read this series ... waiting for legion ;0 ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum http://bibliosanctum.com/2016/03/05/a...

Calamity is the concluding novel of The Reckoners series and it was nothing like I expected, but I have yet to decide whether I feel positively or negatively about that. In truth, I feel torn because even though I enjoyed this book overall, for the first time in a long while I ended a Brandon Sanderson novel without feeling completely satisfied. Here came the long awaited answers to the questions that have been with us s
Simona B

"You want to fight a god? You'd better have one on your side too."

I love this series, and that's a fact. I love most of all the world building and David Charleston, and that's another fact. But his off-the wall metaphors are not enough to make up for an ultimately wanting villain and this is the fact that kind of clashes with all the rest and the reason why even though I wanted to rate this book 4 stars so badly, I still found I couldn't really do it.

•The thing is, Calamity was used like som
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

This has been an amazing trilogy. This is a set of books that I am certain I will read again at some point which is pretty high praise from me. I always try to write spoiler free reviews but this review may have some spoilers for the earlier books in the series because I simply don't know how to avoid that. Honestly, if you haven't read the prior books in this series you will want to stop read my review at this point and start reading Steelhe
Nimrod Daniel
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it
I finished the Calamity a few weeks ago but was a bit reluctant to write my thoughts down, I just didn't really care to be honest.

Calamity has a quite promising start, what set my hopes high again, and I was glad some characters from book 1 are back (yay) and that a few boring characters from book 2 are gone (good riddance). But unfortunately the book drops in quality pretty quickly, it felt like someone else is behind the story rather than one of best authors in the genre. My interest peaked a
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well sparks...that wasn't quite what I expected!

It's always bittersweet to end a series that you've been with since nearly day one, especially with an author as talented as Sanderson. His characters are vibrant, multifaceted, and always interesting and engaging. As this series ends, I do feel like I'm saying goodbye to some good friends.

And yeah, I know there are mixed feelings on this one, leading to some negative reviews and more criticism than Sanderson books usually receive. I get it, naysay
Layla ✷ Praise the sun ✷
I liked Steelheart. I loved Firefight. But while Sanderson will still be my favorite author, Calamity was NOT my favorite book.


I felt like nothing really happened in the first ~70% percent. And then the whole, imo not sufficiently elaborated alternate reality thing just seemed to bring an effortless convenient solution to a myriad of problems?

Too many questions were left unanswered, taking into consideration that this was (should have been) the conclusion to a trilogy.

There were plot hole
Deborah Obida
3.5 stars.

This isn't bad but it didn't live up the previous books, things were just rushed throughout the book.
There were lots of battle scenes,David and more of his crazy metaphors, the dialogues were great but few, I miss the whole former plotting of the team, this one is just rushed, if this was the first or second book it would have been acceptable but its the last book in the series and I expected so much from it. Even my ship that finally sailed was so rare in the book, not to mention that
Scott  Hitchcock
All three books 4*'s.

A lot of people didn't seem to like this one as much as the first two but I thought they were pretty consistent.

It's an enjoyable series from start to finish. As a YA series it's pretty basic and easy to read but sometimes that also what you need especially coming off much more challenging reads. It's also nice to enjoy some urban fantasy which I sometimes struggle with. Having everything coming at you in a straightforward manner and not having to worry about symbolism and
Aug 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, ya, scifi, 2016
Update - July 2016
It's been almost six months since I read this and I've finally decided to do what I should have done the day I finished this: take off a star off the rating. I loved this series and I'd read the hell out of anything else Sanderson writes in this universe, but I didn't really love this one.

Now back to the old review:

Did you watch Interstellar?

Did you like it?

If the answer is yes, then you’re probably going to love this.

If the answer is no… Well, if you’re reading this you’
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
David--still obsessed with Epics (superpowered humans) and still using the worst similes ever--is now the de facto leader of the Reckoners, trying to figure out how to save humanity from the evil that clouds people's minds when they gain superpowers. Killing them off one by one is a losing battle.

A lot of readers didn't care for this book as much as the two prior ones, but I actually found Sanderson's handling of the story line quite satisfying. I will admit that the ending raises as many quest
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this!
I thought it was a perfect, and unexpected, ending to the series.
My booktube of my fav quotes from Calamity

One of the (many, many) thinks I love about Brandon Sanderson's writing is the layers -- the way our hero David thinks about the Epics, the conclusions he comes to, the ways he's right & wrong.

They're all very logical.
If all of this information had been thrown at us in the first book, then it wouldn't be nearly as effective.

But we start with Steelheart and the very basics of th
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Calamity! The final installment in the Reckoners series has finally arrived. It was funny and action packed and as mysterious as… well I guess you will have to ask David ;)

The question is... did Brandon Sanderson deliver?

As my friend Sevro would say - Cacatne ursus in silvis?

PS: On a more detailed note I loved pretty much most of the book. It was a continuation of everything I came to love in the first two books and was most assuredly on its way to five stars, but the whole part (view spoiler)
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As difficult as it is to write a middle book in a series, sometimes the hardest part of a series is the ending. There is pressure live up everyone's expectations of how things should be resolved (which most certainly do not all align) while also keeping true to your own vision. If you make a misstep in one of the books in the series there is always another one to write to correct for its shortcomings or errors, but the last book is the final word in that universe and for those characters. Genera ...more
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