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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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    Sara 03-22-15
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    "Disappointing"

    I bought this after I finished Words of Radiance, needing more of Brandon's amazing writing. This...this had no heart. It was like he wrote it on the side and was bored with it. Plot holes, awkward writing, uninteresting and boring characters. I actually wish I could have my money back....

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lori 03-22-15
    Lori 03-22-15 Member Since 2014

    Working mom (HRMgr/healthcare) in western Michigan. INTJ. Red Vines. Disneyfreak.

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    Decent story. Terrific ending. straightforward style. I'm not one for action sequences but I do appreciate well constructed alternate scenarios.

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    Nathan 03-20-15
    Nathan 03-20-15
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    "Sensational!"

    Loved every second! A must read! Would recommend to anyone who likes suspense and a new world.

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    J. Blanchard 03-20-15

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    "Another great B.S. Story... ;)"

    There isn't a story Mr. Sanderson has written that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish. Always have a credit available for anything with his name on it.

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    MR KEVIN M JESSOP 03-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Mindless Sci Fi"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Not knowing anything about this book (apart from the pretty highly rated reviews), I'd take a guess this book is certainly written for teenagers...not adults.


    What could Brandon Sanderson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Others tell me Sanderson is a great author, although his Reckoners series falls short of his usual caliber. Steelheart is my first and last visit to this series. It's not that the story is bad, it's the prose attached to the story. The language is childish and the reader is asked to take huge leaps of faith as the author offers no explanation for many of the events in the book. Stuff happens, but there is no real reason as to why. This results in the story being set in a very one dimensional and unbelievable world.


    What three words best describe MacLeod Andrews’s performance?

    The narrator was pretty darn good. Macleod did a good job getting into the shoes of the protagonist. He communicated emotion and tempo very well. Definitely this was the highlight of Steelheart.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Like I said, the story isn't a bad one. The world is very one dimensional and unbelievable which leaves the reader feeling pretty empty. Nearer the end of the book, my interest levels certainly increased as some really good twists were introduced...it's just that I'm not going to read the next book in the series to find out more. Shame.


    Any additional comments?

    Obviously, my opinion is completely subjective and personal. The book gets some great reviews. It's simply not my cup of tea. I don't like being bogged down by detail...but I at least need enough to get buy-in from my brain.

    Leave this one for the kids.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Toni Filler 03-18-15
    Toni Filler 03-18-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Delightful listen!"

    Highly recommend this story!! It was captivating clear to the very end. My sons had all read it and talked me into listening to it and I couldn't stop listening!

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    Yiit 03-18-15
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    "Great book"

    Love the narrator's style. The story is original, exciting and logical. Just what I wanted

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    Triston Colorado Springs 03-17-15
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    "I love this book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Steelheart the most enjoyable?

    The most enjoyable fact about this book, is that it is written so well, that you feel like you are being sucked in, you cry, you laugh, and your heart pounds with the suspenseful action.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Steelheart never once became boring and I couldn't tune it out. It is just too good of a story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Tisk tisk. Can't give that away!!!


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    Joshua 03-16-15
    Joshua 03-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "surprisingly good"

    one of those rare books, you shouldn't let slip by you. enthralling and amusing, a real balanced book.

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    Aaron R. Larsh 03-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "great book and reader"

    MacLeod Andrews does an amazing job bring Brandon Sanderson's wonderful story to life. I heartily recommend this audiobook

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