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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None. The synopsis intrigued me, which is why I bought it. I didn't check to see what category it was in and throughout the reading, I just kept thinking that this was a storybook for kids, and not the complex novel that I had geared myself up to immerse in and listen to.
I still need to read the last book in the Eye of the World series of Robert Jordan, and now I'm a little worried that it may not be at the same level as how Robert Jordan wrote.
As to Brandon Sanderson's books - I don't know; will have to really read/listen to samples before I decide to get a full book.
It was ok.
Not for me. This is light reading for me, and if the rest of the books is about how they kill the other Epics, then it already looks like the same story.
Action packed and smartly done. Not just and action adventure book, the author makes you think along the way.
The conclusion was unexpected.
I really enjoyed the character development. The plot twists at the end brought a great closure to the book.
I would highly recommend this book.
At best I would call this 2nd rate recycled X-Men.
To start with the positives, yes it is a very entertaining listen, decently performed and heart to put down.. But Brandon should have tried a little harder here with the details. Anyone reading a book about superheroes (called epics here) needs to have an imagination and let a few ludicrous occurrences slide here and there, but it went way too far, too often for me.
One of the superheroes' power is that he never runs out of bullets. Really?? I mean, walk me through that one. He creates bullets in the chamber? Or does the clip magically regenerate the bullets? Surely if he can do that, there are way more efficient and powerful things he can do.
The main 'epic' of the book turns everything around him into steel.. STEEL a manmade alloy of iron and carbon. I may be being too critical here but as an engineer, I'd like to be humoured a little.
All epics have weaknesses that bring about their downfall. One of the epics mentioned has a weakness that is that exactly 16 people have to be attacking that epic at once. Then that epic will die.. sorry but some of this just made me rewind and listen in disbelief.
Those wanting blissful entertainment, not taking it too seriously will be thoroughly entertained though.
Engaging, Original, Exciting
The end. I didn't see it coming and it made my jaw hang open.
All of his voices sounded good and you could easily tell who was talking by his voice, even the females.
Couldn't make my commute to work without audible! I finally found the perfect perfect way of always having an audiobook at hand! Can't wait to explore new genres and expand my book knowledge even more!
It wasn't until five hours into the book did it become somewhat interesting. I bought this because of the amazing reviews, this was anything but amazing in my book. The word "Sparks!" Is used as an expression in substitution for all curse words and I didn't find the writing to be engaging. That was just one of the numerous reasons I would not recommend this book. No real mystery or suspense.
I drive for a living and listen to a lot of books. I enjoy the long series of books because I go through them so quickly.
How about one: comic book
Not one of my favorites but don't regret reading it. It wasn't quite what I expected but it kind of grew on me.
The premise of this book was really interesting, it was fairly fast-paced, the characters were developed just enough (perhaps a bit underdeveloped), and the plot was good if a little simplistic. Despite being 24, I still like a lot of young adult novels, but this one came across as a tad too young for my taste.
Overall though, it satisfied what I was looking for: a quick, entertaining listen. And I do look forward to the next installment.
I couldn't put this book down. The epics were diverse and believable in their skills. Not so powerful that it was unrealistic to root for the underdogs which I really liked. I hate reading a book and thinking "oh come on, they would have hit him by now."
The writer also has a good sense of humor which makes the book playful at times in what could otherwise be a pretty dark world to live in. This is my first book by Sanderson, I've since downloaded one of his other books because I liked this one so much.
OK First off this was a great new take on the whole super powers genre. I loved some of the super powers and their characteristics in this story and the language used. Most importantly to any Audible fan like myself is the performance is perfect! Macleod Andrews, is now up there as one of my favorite Narrators.
I was immersed in the story immediately and rooted for the main character David right from the start and the supporting characters are flawed, funny and endearing in just the manner I enjoy.
Some parts might be a bit predictable but even when i predicted what was most likely going to happen it happened in a fun creative way... I won't say anything of the ending other then it was PERFECT, in my opinion of course.
I think there will be a lot of listeners who will like that there is no sex or foul language in this novel and I can see this being enjoyable from tweens on up! Im really glad I used the credit on this one and can not wait to listen to it again!
I listen to books for several reasons: to stay awake during late night commute, to learn something new, to experience good writing skill or to understand and to know a unique time, place or person. This book is a tired story with nothing new to add. I quit after the first wasted 90 minutes. Too many good books, too little time. The performance is good.
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