Calamity by Brandon Sanderson – Book Review

“You want to fight a god? You’d better have one on your side too.”
Brandon Sanderson, Calamity


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.


I… don’t know if I can actually voice my feelings on Calamity.

I love Brandon Sanderson. The Mistborn series is one of my favorite. I thought after reading Steelheart and Firefight I would absolutely love the entire Reckoners series.

But I don’t. And there’s one particular reason.

Calamity just wasn’t very good.

Don’t get me wrong. I liked it. I thought it was an ok book. But when we talk about the completion of a series, the end to the entire story, Calamity didn’t live up to it.

Right after I finished, the first words out of my mouth were, “Wait. Is this seriously the last one?”

That question basically sums up my overall issue.

Sanderson literally wraps everything up in the last 20 pages of a 420 page novel.

This was unacceptable.

But lets couple that rushed ending with absolutely no answers! NONE. Of course I’m frustrated. Of course I couldn’t believe it was the last book because nothing was answered. Sure, things were resolved, bad guys were vanquished, but who cares about that when you never told me why Abraham won’t lead the team. Or where did Cody’s obsession with making up Scottish stories come from.

Or, oh, I don’t know, explain why all of a sudden make a main character became an Epic.

Also, what happened to Babilar and the food growing Epic? Or Newcago? What about Megan and her owning her powers? And what exactly are her powers?

I’m frustrated.

So, I gave the book 3.5/5 stars because well, I still liked the book. It was still interesting. The ending was just lackluster.

Anybody else feel the same way? Am I being to critical?


7 thoughts on “Calamity by Brandon Sanderson – Book Review

  1. So far I’ve always liked Sanderson’s writing, but unfortunately I haven’t read this series yet. I definitely understand your frustration, finishing it all in 20 pages is simply a no go. I wonder what has gotten in to him to finish a series like that. Maybe he didn’t have enough content to create a 4th book in the series? :s Such a shame that it left you hanging like this!

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    1. I’m not really sure. Had he ended it maybe 50 pages before it and brought forth some of the things he drops on the readers in the final three pages of the book I think he could have done a fourth and just expanded on aspects. What was most frustrating is that I thought Firefight was absolutely phenomenal and that he did so much in building the characters and this book just felt like he was struggling to put an ending together.

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