So, now The Reckoners are in hiding from their former leader, Prof, aka Jonathan Phaedrus, who in Babilar succumbed to his powers that morph his mind into a monster's. As well as a spell the water Epic Regalia put him under and how she said she needed a successor, for what we don't know. Now Prof is totally out of his head and has two things the rebels desperately need: a hard drive of information Prof picked up upon Calamity, the Epic leader, and Tia, their brains who may or may not still be alive. The group has put David in charge, and he wants to bring Prof to his senses, even though he was told by Prof if the occasion ever came up, to kill him. After the Reckoners meet Knighthawk, a man who's been experimenting with Epics for years, with his expertise, they march into Prof's current domain, or to-be-domain: former Kansas City, the city of Ildithia. The city of salt. A city with homes and buildings made of growing and melting salt. I know. Weird, huh? First it was Newcago, a city painted steel, then Babilar, a city made of dam meets forests with glowing fruit, and now a city made of salt. How do people grow crops? Thanks to Stormwind, an Epic that creates rain and helps crops. Anyway, this is the last book in The Reckoners series.
The first chapter starts an independent palace invasion with drones being manipulated by the Reckoners into thinking there are more people attacking, and that was the kind of catapulting startup I'd gotten used to in this series. It then continues with a creep fest of bodies and having an appropriate balance of excitement and laughs. For instance, one cliffhanger is when David isn't sure where to exit, he decides he'll leave the same way those robots with guns pointed at him came in. Oh. I know, right? There might not be quite as many action scenes as a whole in this book, given the hunt for Epics is at a standstill, but the ones that are there deliver more than enough. There is a clever Epic attack from one that can shrink and grow, and what made it my favourite of the book was its fun blend of physics in being small and the Monster by Mistake inspired loopholes.
Let's just say that this is my third favourite Reckoners book. One thing I didn't really like was when Abraham explains how Ildithia moves and how it crashed into another city and killed a few people but was able to continue its rotation. Never again is this mentioned and I don't like it when books pass off death like this. Thankfully, this is the only time it is passed off though. There are also a few minorly unanswered questions the book sets up. A few are intentionally unanswered and because of their mention are mostly passable, but there's also the issue with Mizzy and Megan. David promised himself at the end of Firefight to one day ask Megan about the event that lead to their rivalry (which if you read Firefight, you know already) and doesn't really keep that promise to us. It's true, Mizzy and Megan do have a few moments of discussion without glare, so I guess Sanderson chose to pass it off or something. David also one day asks Abraham why he chose him as leader and not him, the more muscular Abraham. He has an answer, but then the question is brought up again, this time with ore questions, ones the book once again doesn't touch upon. And there's also a case of an Epic that's killed that might have a disastrous effect later on and the book doesn't touch upon how the heroes will fix that either. Basically, there are things I wouldn't have ranted on in this book if it wasn't the last one.
But in the end, this book still won me over with an ending turnabout that I didn't expect even though I tried so hard to guess it. And once again, I couldn't believe Sanderson fooled me the way he did, though looking bak, it was so obvious, wasn't it? There is also a turnabout that almost made my eyes water and the resolution reminded me of the principles displayed back in the third book of the Escape from Furnace series when Alex was hypnotized to be a Soldier of Furnace after turning angry about always being the victim and how chickening out had always done bad for him. I expected a type of conclusion like this after once again, the events of Firefight, but not one this exciting and flipping. It also gets extra points because the book has an air of end to it, like there are characters that are going to die or be transported away. And personally, another scene at the end reminded me of a dream I used to have, which might sound a little radical but that's what happens when you have an ending that feels like the trilogy has built up to it. Not to mention the new arena, I mean city, like Newcago and Babilar, is still wild and strange and tacky and I can't imagine living in a place like it. Parting with this series is sad; it's one of my favourites, one of the most fun and non-stopping, and if I need a good metaphor or something about the Scottish to insult someone, I'll flip open these books and see what I can find.