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Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1 | [Brandon Sanderson]

Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.
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Publisher's Summary

From the number-one New York Times best-selling author of the Mistborn Trilogy, Brandon Sanderson, comes the first book in a new, action-packed thrill ride of a series - Steelheart. Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics.

But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.

Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father. For years, like the Reckoners, David's been studying, and planning - and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

He's seen Steelheart bleed.

And he wants revenge.

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    Marius Piedallu Van Wyk 06-09-15

    Lailoken

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    "good"

    wish the summary text if the following book did not give away the ending... I could not figure out which were the first book just by reading the titles etc.

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    Steven Dobbs 06-07-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Annoying oral noises"

    The oral noises the narrator makes as he speaks are distracting and annoying. The story is excellent as I have come to expect from Brandon Sanderson.

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    Craig DubaiUnited Arab Emirates 06-05-15
    Craig DubaiUnited Arab Emirates 06-05-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Cliche ridden, second rate X-men, Teen Crush story"
    What disappointed you about Steelheart?

    Lightweight, stereotypical characters and a weak storyline combine to disappoint. I lost interest halfway through...


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brandon Sanderson again?

    I've enjoyed other Brandon Sanderson series, noteably Storm light Archives and Mistborn, so dont give up on a very creative author.


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    Mike D. 06-05-15
    Mike D. 06-05-15 Member Since 2013

    Mike D.

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    "Entertaining from beginning to end!"

    The story was funny, entertaining, engaging and allowed you to relate to the various characters in different ways.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the story and was anxious to unfold each little nuance of ever new Epic, while continuing holding out for the Hero to arrive. The story kept me wanting more every time I had to stop listening. And when this book came to end I couldn't wait to immediately start part 2 of the trilogy. Excellent work by Brandon Sanderson.

    Additionally, MacLeod Andrews is among the top of my favorite voice actors in the numerous audio books I've listened to.

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    Joel Booker 06-01-15
    Joel Booker 06-01-15 Member Since 2015

    A Varangian from the barbarian north who has found the allure of the great metropoli of the southern Empire

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    "Different vibe, fantastic fun"

    This story has a very different vibe than a traditional rhyme or reason to the world or its "magic" but that's not the point. It ends up being a light(er) fun character romp through the pages of a comic book that leaves you wanting more.

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    ZilR 05-30-15
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    From all the overall rating and reviews I was expecting a little more from the story on this one. Perhaps it's because it's part of a series, and there is much more of the story to be told. And I would have like more information and depth then just mystery with small tidbits . The build-up with little payoff was a let down. Not a terrible listen but it didn't keep my attention the way other stories have. Narrator did an alright job given the material.

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    Travis 05-26-15
    Travis 05-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "best book ive listened to"

    I thought this book was extremely interesting. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. and found my self laughing half the time as well, great book

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    Amazon Customer 05-25-15
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    "Fantastic story - perfect narration"

    This book was fantastic. I love books that I have no idea how they're going to end and this was one of them. I had some ideas but I just loved the characters in the story. I thought the narration was absolutely wonderful. It felt like there was a different person narrating each individual character. I will definitely be buying the next book and will be getting the audible addition as well because it is so fun to listen to.

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    julia 05-23-15
    julia 05-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A world where Magneto wins."

    A comic book, without comics. Do you like X-men? Does absolute power corrupt absolutely? I'll give you a hint: maybe.
    The narrator is excellent, doing unique dialogue for all the characters.

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    Andrew Cripe 05-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome"

    The story pulled me in and I couldn't put it down. The way Sanderson uses characters' powers and flaws to define them, adds depth to the characters and the story.

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