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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2016 Dragonsteel Entertainment, LLC (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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  • J
  • 2021-03-25

A Great End to the Series

This series grew on me. This book in particular had a lot of action scenes, and twists that kept me guessing how Sanderson was going to wrap everything up.

Another great narration by McLeod Andrews.

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GREAT END TO AN AWESOME TRILOGY!!!

Just as breathtaking and fun as the first two Reckoner books. Of the three novels, I actually couldn't pick which one I like most. They're all so much fun in their own unique way. Brandon Sanderson tied up loose ends quite well by the end of this final novel.

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A Reasonable End To The Series

This book picks where the last one ended. The humour is the same. The development of the epic powers and the characters work. if you liked the style of the previous books you will like this one. I thought the battle was well done. Although the end is a bit cheesy it does wrap up the series and tie all the loose ends

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Can Epics Be Redeemed?

Brandon Sanderson takes on that question in this third installment in the 'Reckoners' series. David Charleston and his team pursue former leader 'Prof' to Ildithia (formerly Atlanta) in an effort to reclaim him from the insanity that grips Epics when they give in to their powers. The Reckoners team up with scientists (Knighthawk), freedom-fighting humans, and helpful/indifferent Epics (e.g. Edmond; Megan; Larcener) to figure out if power-mad corruption can be cured. Meanwhile, well-conceived battles ensue with the regularity that readers of the series have come to expect.
'Calamity' is successful in blending philosophical concepts with action-adventure in a way that 'Firefight' (book two) aspired to but couldn't quite reach. This one turns out to be both an entertaining and edifying book.
That said, the book has strong points and deficiencies: For example, the setting (a city made of regularly disintegrating salt) is imaginative, the plot is sinuous (plenty of unpredictable twists), and the action (infiltration plan after infiltration plan) is pulse-generating. Less fortunately, while Sanderson's dialogue is remarkably realistic, the "witty banter" is a little too familiar in this one (the jokes during combat regularly take readers out of the illusion, for instance).

With regards to production quality: MacLean Andrews turns in his best performance of the series - exhibiting typically great timbre, cadence, diction, and improved voice-acting - but I judge the narration "unspectacular" overall.
(*Note: He was still an excellent casting choice from Audible Studios)

This well-written and well-performed audiobook is a great diversion for any fun-seeking SciFi/Fantasy afficianado, fan of comicbook adventures, or older preteen. This book is definitely a set-piece in a planned story arc, however (the book has little standalone merit). This 8.5/10 star novel is best enjoyed as part of the series: I highly recommend you read the first two books in the 'Reckoners' series (you could conceivably skip 'Mitosis') before tackling this philosophically robust installment. You won't be sorry.

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Great Novel

I really loved listening to Calamity, it had a fun story. I'd recommend this to anyone who likes superhero stories.

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Very enjoyable

I love all of Brandon Sanderson's books. This is more of a teen book but I enjoyed it at 46. Clean, good plots, and lots of action.

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Thrilling!

Action packed and the voice actor has really come into it by now. kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time!

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great series

wraps things up quick but is very satisfying overall. for a relatively quick 36 hour listen I highly recommend the three books to the series

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Such a great series

This book was great. Kept me on my toes the whole time. The whole series is great. #audible1

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Bang up finish to the trilogy

#Audible1. This finish to the recliners trilogy was fantastic. Very tense and supplied a satisfying finish to the three books. It has been a great variation on the standard superhero origin story. All 3 books are highly recommended.

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  • William
  • 2018-12-31

Terrible Ending. Author Cheated Us.

This is my first review of all the books I have listened to since this isn't my style, yet, for this one I felt a need to make an exception. If anyone is thinking about starting this trilogy, or any trilogy for that matter, they need to see how others feel about the ending. If the ending isn't consistent with the books leading up to it then the author has cheated you. I loved the first two books a lot and about 95% of this last one, but that 5% ending (and I won't give away any spoilers here) ruined the entire trilogy. The plot, storyline, character action and ending were very abrupt and inconsistent with the rest of the books. THAT IS NOT how Calamity would have reacted, but I guess Brandon Sanderson just got tired of writing or had to meet a deadline. My strong recommendation would be to read the lower reviews on Amazon. The poor reviews pretty much have one thing in common, the ending. Whatever effort and details an author puts into the beginning books in order to pull a reader in needs to be put into the conclusion in order to keep the reader interested in future books/trilogies that they will write. Yeah, I will not be looking for his next series.

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  • Audiobookaddict1
  • 2018-11-11

it made me cry

The final book made me cry at the end. It tapped into my deepest core. I love this series. #epic
#awesome #tearjerker. #heros

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  • S. runnels
  • 2019-10-16

just kept getting better.

I just finished the series and wow.
Mr. Sanderson, as always, delivers an amazing story with characters to match.
But then there is MacLeod, the narrator.
I'll say this, I prefer to read books, there is something intimate about creating characters in your imagination as you read their stories. But MacLeod does such an amazing job of narration, that I was able to get there without having to actually read the story myself.
maybe this is a testament to how good a writer Mr. Sanderson is, but I will give credit to Mr. Andrews skills too.

p.s. I will be looking for more books read by MacLeod, even if I do not know the authors.

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  • Ree
  • 2020-05-22

Great conclusion to a fun trilogy

This was a great conclusion to a really fun trilogy of stories. Absolutely stellar narration.

The only thing i would note is that the notation at the end of Calamity is a little misleading- it says the story “continues” in Mitosis, “the 4th book in the Reckoner series”, but Mitosis is actually a short story that occurs after Steelheart and before Firefight. Calamity is the series ending. There’s certainly room for more should Sanderson wish to revisit this world but the storylines from the trilogy were all wrapped up in Calamity.

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  • Dennis Bingham
  • 2016-03-02

great ending, awesome parallels

awesome ending to a good series. the structure really brings closure, and allows the world to continue without us watching. start at book one and listen to all 3 in a row. you will not regret it

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  • Pappa Bear
  • 2016-03-08

Great series

I loved this series. Brandon Sanderson has quickly become one of my favorite authors. The stories he weaves are amazing.

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  • Don Gilbert
  • 2016-02-18

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.

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  • Tiffany T.
  • 2017-02-15

Awesome ending!

Not at all what I expected! But what a great way to end the story! Was a little confused about the comment about Mizzy at the very end, but other than that... good stuff!!!

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  • Devoncjones
  • 2016-03-07

What A Letdown

What would have made Calamity better?

A better ending than the throwaway weak one we got

Has Calamity turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The performance was on par with the earlier books in the series. The narrator did a good job

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Major disappointment

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  • William King
  • 2016-02-26

love the series

this quickly became one of my favorite series to read. Great characters and great story.

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