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Calamity
The Reckoners Series, Book 3
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Order the sequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling novel Firefight today!From the bestselling author of the Mistborn series and Words of Radiance comes Calamity, the final book in the #1 New York...
Order the sequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling novel Firefight today!From the bestselling author of the Mistborn series and Words of Radiance comes Calamity, the final book in the #1 New York...
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  • Order the sequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling novel Firefight today!
    From the bestselling author of the Mistborn series and Words of Radiance comes Calamity, the final book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Reckoners series: Steelheart, Firefight, and 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.

    Praise for the Reckoners Series:
    #1 New York Times Bestselling Series
    "The suspense is relentless and the climax explosive." —James Dashner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series
    "Another win for Sanderson . . . he's simply a brilliant writer. Period." —Patrick Rothfuss, author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller The Name of the Wind

    "Action-packed." —EW.com

    "Compelling. . . . Sanderson uses plot twists that he teases enough for readers to pick up on to distract from the more dramatic reveals he has in store." —The A.V. Club
    From the Hardcover edition.

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    The sun peeked over the horizon like the head of a giant radioactive manatee. I crouched, hidden in a tree of all places. I'd forgotten how weird the things smell.

    "We good?" I whispered over the line. Instead of using mobiles, we were relying on old radios we'd rigged to work with headsets. The audio snapped and popped as I spoke. Primitive technology, but essential for this job.

    "Wait a sec," Megan said. "Cody, you in position?"

    "Sure am," crackled the reply, laced with a calm Southern drawl. "If anyone tries to sneak up on you, lass, I'll put a bullet up his nose."

    "Ew," Mizzy said over the line.

    "We'll move in five," I said from my perch. Cody had called the contraption I was using a "tree stand," which was really a glorified camp chair strapped some thirty feet up the trunk of an elm. Hunters had used them back in the day for hiding from game.

    I put my Gottschalk—a sleek, military—style assault rifle—to my shoulder and sighted through the trees. Normally, in this sort of situation I'd be sighting on an Epic: one of the super-powered individuals who terrorized the world. I was a Reckoner, same as my team, dedicated to bringing down dangerous Epics.

    Unfortunately, life for the Reckoners had stopped making sense about two months ago. Our leader, Prof, was an Epic himself—and had been caught in a rival's intricate plot to find a successor. Consumed by his powers, he had left Regalia's empire in Babilar, but had taken with him her hard drives, complete with notes and secrets. We intended to stop him. And that led me here.

    To a large castle.

    Seriously. A castle. I'd figured those were just in old movies and foreign countries, yet here one was hidden in the woods of West Virginia. And despite the modern metal gates and high-tech security system, this place looked like it had been around since long before Calamity appeared in the sky—lichen covered the stonework, and vines twisted up one of the weathered walls.

    Pre-Calamity people had been weird. Awesome too—evidence: castle—but still pretty weird.

    I looked away from my scope and glanced at Abraham, who was hiding in a nearby tree. I could pick him out only because I knew exactly what to look for. His dark outfit blended well into the dappled shades of morning, which was—our informant said—the besttime to assault this particular location: Shewbrent Castle, also known as the Knighthawk Foundry. The world's primary source of Epic-derived technology. We'd used their weapons and tech to fight Steelheart, then Regalia.

    Now we were going to rob them.

    "Everyone have their mobiles off?" I asked over the line. "Batteries out?"

    "You've asked that three times already, David," Megan replied.

    "Check anyway."

    They all gave the affirmative, and I took a deep breath. So far as we knew, we were the last cell of Reckoners. Two months in and we still had no sign of Tia, which meant she was probably dead. That left me in charge—though I'd gotten the job by default. Abraham and Cody had laughed when I'd asked if they wanted it, while Mizzy had gone stiff as a board and almost started hyperventilating.

    Now we were putting my plan in motion. My crazy, foolhardy, incredible plan. Honestly, I was terrified.

    My watch buzzed. Go time.

    "Megan," I said into my radio, "you're up."

    "On it."

    I shouldered my rifle again, peering through the trees toward where Megan would launch her...

About the Author-

  • Brandon Sanderson is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Steelheart and Firefight, the first two books in the Reckoners series, and the internationally bestselling books in the Stormlight Archive and the Mistborn trilogy. He was also chosen to complete Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time series. His books have been published in more than twenty-five languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. He lives and writes in Utah. To learn more about Brandon and his books, visit him at brandonsanderson.com and follow @BrandSanderson on Twitter.

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  • Kirkus

    January 1, 2016
    Climactic battles with the most powerful of the supervillainous Epics plaguing our planet leads to a win at last for truth, justice, and, well, second chances. Once-worthy Epic Jonathan Phaedrus has been corrupted by his powers but might still be redeemable if he can be made to face his deepest fears. In pursuit of his former boss, Reckoner David "Steelslayer" Charleston and his diverse crew of Epic-killers fetch up in Ildithia--formerly known as Atlanta but now, thanks to the powers of its resident Epics, located in Kansas and transformed into salt. A whirl of raids, chases, rescues, and spectacularly destructive displays of both magic and high-tech gadgetry ensues, bringing David face to face with Calamity: the original Epic and the source of the other Epics' powers. As said individual powers range from transformational skills and energy blasts to the ability to force victims to talk in rhyme, the threat doesn't always seem entirely serious despite a rapidly escalating body count. Moreover, narrator David seems as addicted to eye-rolling similes ("The sun peeked over the horizon like the head of a giant radioactive manatee") as he is to "exceptionally dangerous" mission plans. Perhaps it's not surprising that the key to victory in this action-packed romp turns out not to be violence but pop psychology. Adeptly done thrills, whether readers take their costumed supers seriously or with a dish (or, in this case, an entire city) of salt. (Fantasy. 11-13)

    COPYRIGHT(2016) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • Booklist

    February 15, 2016
    Grades 8-11 In the third and final book of the Reckoners series, Prof has fully embraced his powers, destroying all around him in order to achieve Regalia's final plan: stealing Calamity's powers so that he might become the ultimate Epic. David and his small band of Reckoners are determined to stop him, but only David is sure he can force Prof to face his fears and recover his goodness. The only problem? David has yet to figure out Prof's fear. To do so, he and the team must rely on Megan's growing powers and the others' daring and intelligence, risking their own lives and those of the innocent people around them. It's a conclusion that won't satisfy everyone. While there's plenty of violence, as well as other dimensions, new Epics, and high-tech tools, there are also David's awful metaphors and similes, and the twists and turns, especially the final resolution, don't always add up. There are elements of the end, however, that are satisfying, even sweet, and that ought to make some readers feel that it's worthy, even of an Epic.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Sanderson's number-one best-seller status should ensure that this series finale should have the requisite finale-type demand.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2016, American Library Association.)

  • Patrick Rothfuss, author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller The Name of the Wind "Another win for Sanderson . . . he's simply a brilliant writer. Period."
  • Publishers Weekly "An absolute page-turner.""
  • Kirkus Reviews "A straight-up Marvel Comics-style action drama."

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