Rating: 4 stars

The answer to your question will be revealed on the Lunar Eclipse. But when finding the truth, don’t let the shadows take you.

The week of The Reckoning has begun. And senior students have been tasked with making the freshmen’s lives pure hell as they prepare to take their fateful assessment.

With the Lunar Eclipse on the horizon, Tory and Darcy have more to worry about than just passing their exams. A dark plot is unfolding, and the shadows are drawing closer…

Every time I read a book in this series thinking it can’t get any better, I’m proven wrong. The Reckoning, the third book in the Zodiac Academy series following Ruthless Fae, continues where its predecessor left off. Like the previous books in this series, I found myself hooked from beginning to end wanting to know what would befall Tory and Darcy next.

What I enjoyed about reading The Reckoning is getting to see the magic throughout the book as I felt like as a reader, I saw more of it in this book than the previous two. From the encounters Tory and Darcy experienced during Hell Week to the Elemental Trials they had to undergo in order to pass the Reckoning so they can continue learning at Zodiac Academy, there was a lot of magic as a reader I saw, and I loved every minute of it.

I especially loved it when Tory and Darcy found out more about what was going on with Darius and Orion and what they were up to as I felt like that helped shaped how everything was going to turn out by the end of the book. Not to say I expected how this book would end because I didn’t (at all), but I felt like it made sense as we knew something else was going on outside of the academy and I knew we’d find out what it was eventually.  

I also feel like with this book in the series out of the ones I’ve read so far, there was also a whole lot of character growth. Not only with Darcy and Tory but I felt like all of the Heirs grew in their development in their own ways too along with Orion. I especially enjoyed seeing the point of view of the Heirs in this book in the series more than the last because you got a little more insight into what was going on regarding the Nymphs. I also enjoyed seeing what happened at the fair from different perspectives, despite how things turned out regarding a character in the story I liked up until this point in the series.

My favorite part of The Reckoning, however, would have to be the end of the book. Not only because there was a twist in the story I didn’t see coming, but we also finally find out what Order Tory and Darcy are, and we discover the truth of what Lionel was trying to do on the Lunar Eclipse. Yes, the ending of this book is extremely dark, but we finally know what Order the twins are and that makes me excited to find out what all they both are capable of. Overall, I enjoyed reading The Reckoning, the third book in the Zodiac Academy series as there was a lot that happened that kept me reading to find out what’s going to happen next. From Hell Week to the twins undergoing Elemental Trials and then discovering their Order, there was a lot this book in the series offered for me to enjoy. Can’t wait to read the next book in the Zodiac Academy series, Shadow Princess, to find out what happens next.