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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This was not Sanderson at his very best. Going into this book, I knew that it was intended for young adults...so much of the keen edge of the story is dulled to a PG rating.
for what it was, a retcon of the superhero genre, it was enjoyable. I do recommend the book as a lightweight filler between installments of Mistborn or WoR. ..it's entertaining and often humorous.
Steelheart is by far one of the most fascinating spins on the Meta-human mythos. It keeps you guessing what until ...well read it for yourself and find out. You will be glad you made this purchase.
I don't think I would listen to Steelheart again. While I enjoyed the book and performance and it kept me interested, it wasn't quite good enough to make me want to listen to it another time.
It was a new twist on the superhero power genre. The heroes in this story didn't have powers, they just had a desire to fight against the bad guys who did have powers. And that was refreshing. The way the world was setup with multiple powers and weaknesses was good as well because it had a detective type element to the story while they were searching to find the bad guys' weaknesses.
It was a good performance. The main character's voice sounded exactly the right age, that age between child and adult. The narrator did a good job in bringing a specific voice to each character that didn't distract or take away from the story at all.
It made me laugh once or twice but it wasn't a book filled with humour. The story was good and solid and I enjoyed the ride. It's a solid choice for entertainment. You will have a good time but it's just not quite good enough to make it a favorite.
Brandon is a very accomplished storyteller. His stories are expansive and easy to relate to on a personal side. The Main Character here is a dreamer focused on vengeance due to the murder of his father. Young idealistic, David goes where angels fear to tread because he has faith. He meets up with a group of human heroes "the reckoners" whom he has always wanted to join. This good versus evil romp is action-packed and fun for listeners.
I really liked it and Sanderson keeps it all neatly together. Great performance as well by narrator. my only regret, being spoiled by long epic fantasy novels, is that it's a bit short. It's enough story wise but sometimes you just want to indulge and spoil yourself with extra-extra topping. Right? Then that feeling would be the proof that you've just really enjoyed yourself. Thank you Brandon, yet again!
What a great story and production. I would recommend to anyone looking for a good read or listen. It was very well performed and red
I loved how it was narrated with each character having a different voice! Sanderson's gift of creating amazing stories was enhanced in this audiobook, and it was a great listen while going about my day.
While I loved the premise of the new world order, the love story portion of the story was a little predictable from the beginning.
What helped to impact the love story was what happens when epics use their powers, and for that reason I gave the book an overall 5-stars.
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