Sorry.) Unlike the previous two installments of the Darkest Powers Series, which are driven both by plot and character development, The Reckoning is driven olely by a few of its action sequences.
That a few of these scenes did keep me near the edge of my seat is, fortunately, the only critica thing I can ring myself to ay about this utterly disappointing conclusion to the trilogy.My main criticism is that thi write builds up a number of compelling issues in the previous two books which are left completely unresolved at the beginnin of the third.Of all of thos, the most disappointing for me deals with character development, eve the romance between Chloe and Derek.
None of the bstacles between Chloe and Derek are actually resolved, but actually they magically seem to stay away?
This manifests itself in two concrete ways: 1) he is a genetically modified werewolf and fears he will lose control and hurt her ( hence his shock and horror when he suspects that she hate him earlier in he series); 2) he knows his brother Simon has a crush on her and wil ever forget to hurt Simon.As to the irst: Derek completes his transformation for the second time, realizes he retains his basic humanity even as a wolf, and therefore assumes he 'll never hurt Chloe?
We 're just supposed to forget all of hese topics, which nly a few years ago were apparently so crippling that when Derek suspected Chloe might have feelings for him, he esponded with shock and horror?
Really corny, really unrealistic- laughable, even.As for the second obstacle: I 'm orry, but Simon 's drawing a poignant little comic to show Derek that he does n't mind him being with Chloe is, in a phras, lame.
For me, it cheapened the romance and anothe series as a whole.Putting Derek and Chloe 's not-so-star-crossed romance aside, there are about a hundred ther issues that are unresolved.
What 's the point of all the build up in previous books, of planting the suspicion in the reader 's mind about it, if there 's clearl oing to hav any resolution or follow through??? -Simon 's character in general.
No such luck.-Liz. Ever since she and Chloe have that heart wrenching scene in the 2nd ook, where Liz accepts that she 's a ghost and warns Chloe she 'll have to cross over to the ther side eventually ( but is n't ready yet)- I 've been bracing myself for it to happen.
Soooo boring.-The warning that Chloe and the band of genetically enhanced supernaturals will eventually go insane because of their powers.
We do n't get out what happens to her? I honestl do feel like he author just got kind of ored and decided to just slap this story down as fast as humanly possible, so she ould et it over with and move on to the first series.
As you read next two books, Armstrong makes you think she 's got some master plan worked out, that all the little reference and clues she 's dropped along the way will eventually add up to anythin.