The Black Reckoning (The Books of Beginning #3)

 
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The Black Reckoning (The Books of Beginning #3)
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Release Date
April 07, 2015
ISBN
978-0375868726
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The final book in the bestselling Books of Beginning trilogy that began with The Emerald Atlas, which the New York Times called “a new Narnia for the tween set.” The adventures of siblings Kate, Michael, and Emma come to a stunning conclusion when they must find the last Book of Beginning—the Book of Death—before the Dire Magnus does, for when all three books are united, their combined power will be unstoppable. Soon Emma is on a journey to places both worldly and otherworldly, confronting terrifying monsters and ghosts, and what is darkest within herself. As the fabric of time begins to fray, she becomes the final piece of an extraordinary puzzle. Only if she can master the powers of this most dangerous book will she, Kate, and Michael be able to save the world from the dramatic, deadly final confrontation between magical and ordinary people that the Dire Magnus has in store.

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A bittersweet ending
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What I Loved:
After an almost three year wait for the final book in this series, I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy! Kate, Michael, and Emma captured my heart in the first two novels, and I was so excited to see how their story would play out.

What I love so much about this series is how it is, above all, a story about family. Kate, Michael, and Emma love each other so much that they're willing to sacrifice anything to keep each other safe. It's been interesting to see how they both grow together and grow separately over the course of the series. They've had to face many challenges, together and apart, and they draw strength from each other no matter what happens. Their bond is just that strong.

I also loved the world-building of this series and we get to see some pretty awesome magical sites in this book. From the giant city to the world of the dead, the author makes the reader want to jump into the book and visit these places too.

Everything is tied up at the end of the novel, which I think fans of the series will appreciate. I enjoyed the realistic nature of the ending. Just because things are tied up doesn't mean it will be easy going from then on. The siblings have experienced terrifying situations and unbearable heartbreak and it won't be easy to move on.

The Final Verdict:
THE BLACK RECKONING is a highly satisfying conclusion to a magical series that was well worth the wait.
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