The Reckoning was a good sequel to ‘The Awakening’ and carries on right where it left off…..
Lauren is new to the supernatural world after discovering that she is in fact a witch and her bloodline is from the very powerful Moonwick coven. That coven had dealings with Vampires and it didn’t end well, leading to a natural distrust between both witches and vampires. When her birthday present from Daniel sends her into a flashback from the past, Daniel is forced to save her life and creates a bond with Lauren – not so much fun for her boyfriend Gavin. This brings them to the attention of the council who govern all supernaturals when they turn to them in order to get rid of the bond.
Just when Lauren thinks her life is getting back to normal, she notices some news coverage about people being killed by a large animal but Lauren innately knows that this is no animal…. It’s a supernatural……and then the dreams start, dragging her further and further into the killers playground, taunting her, making her watch, giving her clues as to the identity of this person and it seems like the only person who can stop him is Lauren….. but at what cost?
I enjoyed this book and it was very easy to get back into the story and reconnect with the characters. I was glad Lauren was slightly more accepting of her heritage although I would have liked to have seen her embrace it more fully. I liked the complication of the bond which had Lauren in the middle of an emotional triangle with her boyfriend Gavin and his cousin Daniel, it wasn’t a typical love triangle, as I said – more emotional – but I was actually leaning towards Daniel in this, he seemed to be hiding some pretty strong feelings for her but I also liked that they both respected Gavin enough not to take it further.
I really liked the storyline, I always like a good old whodunuit and having a supernatural killer added a thrill to the story that gave some action and mystery. I really enjoy the dreams that Lauren gets and I loved how they were used here. I also liked the introduction of the council and its members, there seem to be a lot of stories amongst them that I would be interested in. With Lauren still not wanting to embrace her heritage fully, I wondered how she was considered to be so powerful and how she would be the one to overcome the killer…. I’ll leave that for you to find out but I wanted more from her, I wanted her to become all powerful and do things that other witches hadn’t for centuries but alas this was the last book about Lauren (I think) it certainly felt like it and I wasn’t happy with the ending because there was so much room and potential for more. Never the less, it was a really good read with a bittersweet ending, I wanted more but was satisfied with what I got.