Calamity -How Does Sanderson Pull Together An Unlikely Premise?

Book Review : Calamity
The Reckoners
By Brandon Sanderson

Spoiler Alert!



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 the Reckoners’ leader struggled to control the effects of his Epic powers. But facing Obliteration in Babilar was too much. 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. (Courtesy of

Adult Point of View

A commercial for Calamity would read, “Don’t miss the exciting conclusion…”, and for once the advertisement would be telling the truth! I love seeing how all the puzzle pieces fit together in a Sanderson novel.

A few highlights of The Reckoners series:

David’s metaphor power. A favorite moment was when Tia identifies him through the use of his off-base metaphors, because no one can fake that level of obtuse ineptitude. Another great moment was when Megan jokes that she feels like a green duck at a parade, and it makes complete sense to David.

Epic powers and the aftermath. Everyone likes heroes to have the super powers, but who, other than Sanderson, can give all the powers to evil and make it work? Obviously if someone evil has super powers there is going to be a fallout of destruction, but why are they going to become evil? Is power the tipping point for all humans to descend into a state of decay as found in Joseph Conrad’s novel Heart of Darkness? Or could there be another factor since we have already witness a change in Megan? (I’m not going answer this since it is a major spoiler, but you could start guessing.)

Alternate universes. Can you only imagine the joy of humanity if there was an alternate universe where you were an expert cupcake decorator? Anyone can create a dark and edgy alternate universe, but how about mundane or silly? If I can find an alternate universe where my husband cooks that would be worth investigating.

It is a decided fact that Brandon Sanderson is one of my all time favorite authors. If you need something original then read any of his books. Some I do like more than others, but all of them are unique.

There is one big question that doesn’t fit in this last book, but I hate to spoil it because it is a big spoiler. A hint would be David meets a person in an alternate universe that has certain powers…. my question is why this set of powers and how did that happen? Brandon, if in some alternate universe you happen to read this review, I need to know your reasoning on this element. Baring a response from Brandon perhaps other readers have thoughts to share.

4 out of 5 stars

4 star

  • the Mother

If you liked this one try Incarceron by Catherine Fisher, A Cast of Stone by Patrick W. Carr and Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. It’s hard to find, but I love The Sword of the Lamb by M.K. Wren.

About Tales Untangled

I am a mother of four children and have a passion for reading. I love sharing my treasury of books with my kids. I also do experiments in cooking which includes such things as Indian Tandoori Chicken slow-cooked in a tagine. I write stories and illustrate in ink.
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