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Summary

A new team of Reckoners must infiltrate the flying city of Lux to take down the Epic Lifeforce in this audio-exclusive novel from Brandon Sanderson, the best-selling author of the "Stormlight Archive" and "Mistborn" series, and co-author Steven Michael Bohls.

When the great red star Calamity appeared in the sky, some believed the end had come. They were right.

Calamity created the Epics: humans with incredible powers they didn't deserve.

They could have saved mankind. They could have lifted us into harmony and prosperity. Instead they burned. They slaughtered. They conquered. And then they ruled.

Jax has learned all of this the hard way. Orphaned at an early age, he's spent most of his childhood training to be a Reckoner - determined to find the Epics' weaknesses, unlock their secrets, and protect those of us who are still left.

But now, the mysterious High Epic Lifeforce has arrived with his flying city, Lux, to plunder what's left of Texas. So Jax and his ragtag team - the few who remain of the once-mighty Texas Reckoners - must take their battle to this floating fortress of riches - and defeat the invincible.

To avenge what has been lost. And rise anew.

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  • CB
  • 07-08-21

Not A Sanderson Novel

Please be aware, because I think it is unclear, this is not written by Sanderson himself, only overlooked by him.

While I don't think it is a bad book, it does not follow the same Sanderson quality and I found it slow and unengaging. Which is a shame.

I also felt it was very disjointed and struggled to relate it to the other books in the series.

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Epic

Great installment in the Reckoner series. I thoroughly enjoyed the storytelling, characters and plot.

Also, this in the best audiobook I’ve heard so far. MacLeod Andrews skills in bringing all the voices to life is nothing short of epic - the good kind of epic.

For a comparison, I do not like the Stormlight voices, and my previous favorite narrated book was Andy Weir’s Project Hail Mary, narrated by Ray Porter. That one’s also really good, except for getting the Dutch accent wrong, and as most films making it German. So a close second, but MacLeod tops it with this one.

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Finally a continuation from the steelheart series

Loved it all the way. A lot of people are asking where does this story take place in the Steelheart timeline? This story exactly matches the steelheart series from start to finish, all ready to carry on from the end of the last series book.
Is it the start of a new series? I will let you decide 😉

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Another great addition to the reckoner series

Great book and so glad there will be more. A much darker story than the other books in the series. Really exited to see how the story evolves.

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Not Sanderson’s usual standard

I’m a Sanderson fan and enjoyed the main Reckoners series. This is the first of his books where I’ve given up halfway through. I really can’t continue, the story is just too poor. It starts off okay, if a little predictable, but the pacing and character work start to fall apart and the story makes less and less sense. I know this is a collaboration but, Sanderson has put his stamp of approval on it so I don’t want to blame the other author. I wonder if Brandon is just doing too many projects simultaneously and standards are slipping a bit.

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Darker, grittier, and almost better

Wow, just wow. If you're a fan of the original trilogy you'll be a fan of this novel as well. Steven Michael Bohls weaves together an intriguing story worthy of The Reckoners saga. MacLeod Andrews does a great job narrating as per usual.

Where the trilogy was marketed as young adult this one pretty much ditches the 'young'. It's not grimdark by any means but the overall tone is more serious and dire, and there's some truly disturbing stuff happening. Don't misunderstand, there's plenty of lighthearted moments as well.

The characters feel meatier and a bit more nuanced this time around. In the trilogy David's funny metaphors would sometimes take away from the suspense, and Cody's Scottish spiel got old really fast. And despite those admittedly small shortcomings I absolutely love the novels. Here, such character quirks are toned down.

One thing the original books did better was the thrilling heists. Recon, planning, execution of plan, execution of Epic. Here it's less helst and more desperate struggle and planning on the go. It works well but I can't help but miss the assassination plans. We do get some of it though.

There's a truly epic (heh) cliffhanger so I for one will buy the sequel as soon as it's released.

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Excellent expansion to the Reckoners world

Loved this story. It fits into the established Reckoners world wonderfully, whilst expanding on the ideas and being its own individual story. Really fun new characters and I'll look forward to the sequel.

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As great as can be expected from a Reckoners novel

This novel is a great continuation of The Reckoners original trilogy, paralleling the events in The Reckoners it explore new characters and epics

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amazing book

cant wait for the next installment in the lux books will be preordained soon as possible

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  • MB
  • 01-08-21

Love it

Just love it. As a Brandon Sanderson fan, this one does not disappoint. Enjoy how we get small insights to the precious books in the series.

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  • Nate H
  • 24-07-21

Not as good as the usual Sanderson imo

The first half of this book felt like a rehash of Steelheart, and the second half was like a strange series of loosely connected, overly edgy, vignettes (which took priority over the story :/). I usually enjoy a good bit of blood n guts, but in this book it just felt melodramatic.
The best part was the setting, and even that was significantly less interesting than the city of salt from the third Reckoners book, or the shadowy city of steel from Steelheart.
Great narration though 👍

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  • Rivas82
  • 23-07-21

Great continuation!

Highly recommend to anyone! Great book, can't wait to continue the journey. Listened through and couldn't stop.

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  • HV
  • 23-07-21

A fun read enjoyed getting back to the reckoners

The first 1/2 of this book is superb and really deserves a 5 start. unfortunately the Second half was a bit bizarre and fell flat for me. I would still recommend that fan of the series give this book a chance. The characters are interesting. I was hoping for a cameo from the Main team but they did not show up.

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  • Craiu Remus Armand
  • 26-07-21

An ok book, but just that

I liked the other Reckoners novels, but this one just made me bored. The story started out interesting and i liked the development of the characters even if it feels a bit of a rehash of the archetypes, but as it progresses it becomes a bit of a slog, a tad boring.
Not gonna give out spoilers, but be warned that everything ends in a huge cliffhanger.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-07-21

As usual a spectacular novel narrated wonderfuly

Loved this book, Sanderson is my favorite author and rarely disappoints, I read steelheart, firefight and calamity as a kid (I skipped mitosis sry Mr Sanderson) and this new addition brings just as much joy to my adult self as it did to the kid I once was, thank you Brandon Sanderson and all contributing influences for fostering my love of reading my entire life.

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  • A. Samudio
  • 23-07-21

The Best of Sanderson, Bohls is Brilliant!

Bohls and Sanderson are magic together. Bohls shows his understanding of this epic series and grows it beyond imagination.

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  • Andrew Terry
  • 29-07-21

great Reckoners audiobook

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I love anything Brandon Sanderson writes, but I wasn't sure if I would like the co-writing. this is still an excellent book even by Brandon's standard

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  • HClark
  • 28-07-21

Masterful Story Tellers

I’ve been hooked since discovering Steelheart 8 years ago. The entire series is interwoven. I absolutely love the Easter eggs between the stories. Sanderson is a master of story telling and his collaborations from Jordan to Bohls have always been phenomenal, award worthy literature.

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  • Stephanie
  • 30-07-21

Don't worry about it being co-authored!

I was reluctant when I saw that this isn't purely from Sanderson's mind, I worried that co-author Bohls would be a weak link in the writing and lower the quality of the storytelling, or that this wouldn't *feel* quite like Reckoners 1-3. I was relieved to find that both fears were unfounded. You can barely tell the difference between writer voice in Lux vs. Steelheart.

If you were entertained by the first trilogy and enjoy exploring the world of Reckoners killing Epics, you will be pleased to have spent a credit on this.

I'm also a sucker for MacLeod Andrews' voice though, so maybe I was just hypnotized by his beautiful narration.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-07-21

Welcome back to the Reckoning!

Obviously if Brandon Sanderson touched it then strap in for a ride! He also had a co-author and from what I can see Steven Michael Bohls was outstanding. As usual, Macleod Andrews was impeccable with the narration. So dive in with zero hesitation fellow needs!

Fantastic writing. Amazing characters. Incredible narration. Epic book!

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