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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Once again, Brandon Sanderson delivers a gripping fantasy story set within a rich and captivating alternate reality. The modern world setting is quite different from his more epic works, but just as effective. As with any Sanderson book, the world is as much a character as the story.
Steelheart takes place in an alternate future where epics, people who have developed special powers, rule things with force and brutality. The story follows the plight of a young man named David who seeks out a group of revolutionaries, called the Reckoners, to try to take out the lead epic of his city in revenge for his father's death.
The story is full of action and adventure, but without skimping on character development, just as you'd expect from Sanderson. The quirky cast of characters have just the right balance of depth and humor, yet they often straddle the line between good and evil. Not everything can ever be so clear in a world created by this author. That is why I love his writing, so.
Despite being such a well crafted story, this book is not as intense as some of Sanderson's other works, the Stormlight Archives in particular. This is not meant as a criticism. The lighter tone works for the nature of this book, well, if one can call it a lighter tone given the somewhat bleak world.
My final verdict is that my Sanderson fangirl status has been reinforced and I will now be following another of his series. Thank goodness he is such a prolific writer!
I'm always looking for an exciting book to entertain me while I work! I was a bit hesitant with picking a Brandon Sanderson book since I tried to listen to Mistborn while I worked but many parts required more of my attention to follow the story. MacLeod Andrews reading made the story really stand out. There I was listening to 6 different book samples then I listened to this one and I just love how the main character 18 year old David sounded. Andrews really gets across his immaturity, his cockiness about all he knows, his excitability. I'm sure I could have imagined it myself but when building websites sometimes you just want to be entertained without having to look at a screen.
This is a great book if you like stories with good amount of action, a great variety of intriguing characters you want to get to know, a unique world, and a bit of humor!
I just have to say that this book has it all… Action, adventure, comedy, and good old science fiction. We're still on earth we just had one event that change the course of history. I felt like there was a very good balance between seriousness and comedy. While listening to the book it made me feel as if I was living in an alternative universe version of the X-Men. Wasn't expecting it and completely loving it.
I have read Brandon Sanderson books before but this is my first audiobook. The story is excellent, and full of surprises. I also appreciated how the narrator could capture so many unique character voices. I felt a sense of suspense as the story unfolded.
After the mist born series I wasn't sure what to read. Sanderson is awesome and this book is fantastic! I was enthralled from the first chapter. I can't wait for the next book in this series! I will absolutely get all if the rest of his books as well!
I really enjoyed this audiobook! The premise is intriguing and the narrator is fantastic; he was very convincing doing several different voices and accents. I also appreciated that it was kid-friendly. Nothing too suggestive and zero actual curse words, so my kids, 8 and 10, were just as entertained as I was. It was different from other superhero stories out there, which is refreshing. Highly recommend!
This book was simply epic few books leave me with the felling that this book does never saw the ending coming just when I thought I had it figured out simply an epic read had me chuckling at parts sad at others and dump struck in the end!
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