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Publisher's 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.

©2021 Mainframe, LLC. (P)2021 Mainframe, LLC

About the Author

Brandon Sanderson is the multiple #1 New York Times best-selling author of the incredible Mistborn and Stormlight Archive adult fantasy series. In 2013, he won the Hugo Award for Best Novella for The Emperor’s Soul, set in his acclaimed, interconnected Cosmere literary universe.
Brandon has also published several New York Times best-selling books aimed at younger readers including Skyward, The Rithmatist, the Reckoners trilogy, and the five-book Alcatraz series.
Since his first novel was published by Tor Books in May 2005, Brandon’s books have been translated into thirty-five different languages and sold over 21 million copies.

About the Co-author

Steven Michael Bohls lives inside a head of fairy tales and magic. He is a dreamer first, a thinker second, and a writer last. He sculpts, illustrates, builds, creates, and designs. Early in his career, he went on a quest to write 12 novels in 12 months, all of which still live, unpublished, on his hard drive. However, his thirteenth novel became his first published book. Jed and the Junkyard War was picked up by Disney and released in 2016. The sequel, Jed and the Junkyard Rebellion, came out in 2018. Since then, he has been working to continue the New York Times best-selling series The Reckoners, as well as build his own fantasy universe in his upcoming book, Song of Steel. When he’s not writing, he’s complaining his way through metroidvania video games, annoying his friends with blue control decks in Magic the Gathering, playing make believe with his kids, or being a dragon.

About the Executive Producer and Editor

Max Epstein is the co-founder of Mainframe LLC with Brandon Sanderson. Mainframe is a spoken word entertainment and production company. The goal of the company is to tell compelling original stories in audio-first formats. Max has spent the past decade in Hollywood working in development and production, including on a number of Brandon Sanderson properties and films like Iron Man 3, Transcendence, and Collide, among others. He is a graduate of the Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.

About the Performer

MacLeod is a multiple Audie, Earphones, and SOVAS award-winning narrator with hundreds of credits to his name. Perhaps best known for a cinematic approach with full characterizations and intimate deliveries, in series such as The Reckoners, Sandman Slim, and Warriors, he's also been noted for his straight reads ranging from memoir to modern classics such as The World According to Garp and, more recently, The Story of B by Daniel Quinn. Outside of the booth he has produced four feature films, 2015's festival hit and New York Times spotlighted psychological thriller They Look Like People, The Siren, A Ghost Waits (four stars from The Guardian), and another that will be hitting the festival circuit in summer 2021. Fun fact: he's been the voice of Whole Foods on TV in 2020 and 2021.

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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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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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  • 07-23-21

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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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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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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  • CR
  • 08-04-21

Too much action, not enough heart

I love the original Reckoners series, so I may have come to this story with my expectations too high, but I have to admit I was disappointed.

Let me say up front: this is NOT a bad book. This story is probably great for some tastes, but just not for mine. For me, the story lacked the heart and emotional depth of the previous series. Too much time was spent on gadgets, manipulating epic powers, and unnecessarily drawn out action sequences that felt more like clearing video game levels than true plot advancement and the result was an unfortunate lack of character development. You just don't really get the chance to learn or care about anyone other than the main character and even he felt kind of flat and two-dimensional, despite a compelling backstory and good set-up. I guess for me the whole "fighting for my family" bit doesn't land the same when you don't get a chance to feel invested in the characters and their ties to one another. It kind of made them seem almost selfish after a point, like all that mattered was killing epics and making sure their team survived, no matter what it cost the innocent citizens of Lux.

There also seemed to be few moments when there was a chance to feel true peril or concern for anyone because as soon as there was a problem, there was a way to solve it easily a minute later. By the 500th "oh no we are totally trapped and really about to die now" moments that were quickly and easily resolved in the next breath, you stop feeling like there's any stakes to be had, and you're just watching the OP main characters blaze through a slow trail of motorcycle jumping, tank-smashing, stone-hopping side-quests until they reach the center of the maze and execute the boss.

There's nothing wrong with that type of story and if that's your cup of tea then you will probably enjoy this book. But I was expecting something as layered and compelling as the first series, so I was disappointed and am not sure I'll read more in this sub series. Maybe. We'll see.

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Disappointment

I don't usually do this, but I decide to return this book. I didn't even finish it, something exceptional rare for me.
I love the rest of the series and the other books of Brandon Sanderson and I'm really surprised that I so much dislike this book.
But the story is so much mind eroding...
Almost nothing make common sense, it's full of lazy plot progressing devices and the surprises are not surprising at all.

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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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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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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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  • CB
  • 08-07-21

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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  • Tomas Petrén
  • 11-29-21

Decent listen.

As I understand it this book wasn't primarily written by Sanderson and it shows. Where the original Reckoners trilogy is a mix of A-team and YA detective story, this one is more McGuyver. That is, the team is constantly reacting and finding Ex Machina solutions to impossible situations. While there was certainly a degree of improvising and good luck present in the original trilogy as well, it goes a couple of steps to far here making it feel more like an action movie. The lore goes a bit overboard as well, think midichlorians in the SW universe.

Still, its a good read. The narrator is fantastic and the story is still entertaining once you choose to stop caring about the slightly annoying things.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-20-21

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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  • Mark jenkins
  • 09-04-21

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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  • alex
  • 08-20-21

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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  • Anne L
  • 08-19-21

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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  • Christofer Haraldsen
  • 08-18-21

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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  • Chris Cunliffe
  • 08-12-21

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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  • Mikael
  • 08-05-21

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-03-21

amazing book

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

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  • Jared E. Pritchard
  • 09-09-21

Good fun, if not as disciplined as previous Sanderson novels.

While not quite as tight in its world building as other Sanderson novels, this one is still definitely worth a listen. First time reading Steven Bohls. Will be looking out for his other work.

Some fantastic characters that you’ll love, and some great world mechanics. Absolutely brilliant voice acting.

However some of the mechanics, events, characters etc. seem a little contrived and some of the plot was a bit too convenient.

In many other Sanderson novels, the world mechanics are very clear, and the constraints and synergies make you excited for where sequels will take you. At the end of Lux, I felt like I had very little insight into what could possibly open up which was a little disappointing. Lots of loose ends that I can only assume will come into play in a sequel.

Don’t let that get in the way of a good story though. There are swords, super humans, explosions AND a flying city! Sit back and enjoy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-04-21

Lux

Another solid story by Sanderson. Worth it. Also a good performance by the narrator. Would listen again.