The first book in a new, action-packed thrill ride of a series, from the number-one New York Times best-selling author of the Mistborn Trilogy and The Way of Kings.
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.
Read by MacLeod Andrews.
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yes i would because the story line is gripping
my favorite character was prof
He brought life to the characters and his voice was certainly not one dimensional. You got the feeling that you were in a performance rather than listening to the monotone in a narration.
When Steelheart's weakness was revealed
"Really enjoyed this"
Imaginative storytelling, lots of action, suspense and fast paced with a good cast of characters. A really descriptive and sad prologue sets up the storyline, the trauma suffered by David and how that affects the choices he makes. In a post Calamity world ruled by dark and chilling Epics, humans who gained fearful super powers, a small group of resistance fighters, The Reckoners, are killing Epics to try and undermine their hold on the world.
David wants revenge against the most powerful ruling Epic, Steelheart, for the murder if his father 10 years ago. He joins The Reckoners (great characters) and they devise a plan. David knows Steelheart has a weakness, he saw him bleed, but he doesn't know for sure what the weakness is.
There are morality issues to confront and lessons to learn and several unexpected twists and revelations turn things upside down.
The characters are strong and the relationships and banter between them is appealing and also comical at times.
The story leaves enough unsaid to make you want to follow on with the next book.
Loved the audio.
"Sanderson is good in any Fantasy Genre"
I've always enjoyed Sanderson's fantasy and this foray into the edges of Sci-Fi, or if not not Sci-fi exactly then magic-tech, is an exceptionally fun romp bringing to the fore Sanderson's gift for developing worlds and most importantly great character's to inhabit them.
It may well be a young adult novel and the main character does feel younger than most of Sanderson's other Main characters but the supporting cast lend a setting that allows any fan of Sanderson to enjoy the story no matter what age.
"Light reading and action packed"
One of Brandon Sanderson’s lighter novels, which is aimed to be enjoyed by teenagers and adults alike. I found it thoroughly enjoyable, but it isn’t a masterpiece by any means.
Story – 4/5
As a simpler novel, a lot of the complexities of the superpowers/magic system are skipped by having the main band of characters have limited knowledge of the characters with powers. He has done this well though, as it keeps an element of mystery in the story, making the mission to kill them seem very daunting and difficult. I get the impression we will find out more in later novels
The story is action packed from start to finish. Compared to Brandon’s other novels, he doesn’t waste time on back story and world building, we are thrown into the deep end of the main story arc which is linear.
All good characters are extremely likeable. In most novels, there is always a character that annoys me. Steelheart is an exception to that. There are no grey areas, only good and evil characters, adding to the simplicity of the novel.
Performance – 4.5/5
MacLeod Andrews American accent suited this book perfectly, as it was not only set in America, but all of the dialog had a very American feel to it (i.e. the mannerisms and sayings). He was superb at giving everyone an extremely distinct voice, which may have been made easier by the fact that the cast of characters was small. All scenes were performed smoothly and Macleod made it very easy to get sucked into the action and excitement which was plentiful in the novel.
Overall – 4/5
"Charming Story - Far Better Than Expected"
I thought the main character was charming - I don't always warm to the 'hero' narrator but the voice through which this story was told was very endearing, and this was helped by the fact that it was read so skillfully. I also enjoyed watching the story unfold with so many twists, many of them not obvious - it really kept one guessing up to the end and it was pleasantly dark
The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud - Because something about the main character reminded me of the magician narrator in the trilogy - also because both books had a certain dark humour. -also contained elements of The Lies Of Locke Lamora
The scene where the main character first encounters the resistance and gets involved with the hit that they are planning - meeting the team and generally causing chaos
The moment where Meghan is brought back to the base after being wounded and he finds himself caring about something other than revenge on Steelheart
I liked the character of Prof - he was very skilfully written - reminded me a little of X men but with more subtlety - I also really liked the idea that killing Steelheart might actually make things worse for most people in the city
This is my new favourite book. I loved the ideas that were used to create the storyline.
Cody is brilliant just like a lot of Americans he feels he is close to his foreign ancestors but comes out with some great little sayings
Daddy knows best
"Where are all the Super Heroes?"
While this is a Young Adult novel, i really enjoyed it (and i am in my 40s). I am a fan of Brandon Sanderson so this may affect my view on this book.
The book is a coming of age story, revolving around a young male who wants revenge against the title Steelheart.
The book is full of Super Villains and very light (virtually non existent) of Super Heroes. This may change in the coming books - or an explanation will be given (better than the one in the book). It is a first book and as a result it can be a little slow in some places. While the book has an ending, it is setting up the follow up book.
The narration of the book was excellent. It was easy to know which character was who, and the action scenes were gripping.
"Not quite upto the standards of the Mistborn serie"
I liked the premise of the abilities the Epics have.
I didn't think there was enough interaction between the Epics & the 'ordinary' people.
David, his single minded ness to avenge his fathers death
Performance was ok, but wasn't a patch upon Sanderson's usual narrator Michael Kramer
I look forward to the 2nd book
Enjoyable new take on superpowers likeable characters and interesting world.
Performance kept moving and a good job of voicing each character distinctively
This book definitely hooked me towards the end and I found my self keen to continue listening this twists and turns I had not seen coming, I'm deff ineptly looking forward to the rest of the series
"Love Brandon Sanderson's Work"
Got to love the character's he builds and their quirks :)
By the end of the book I felt forfilled by this book... Midway through I started to have my doubts but after finishing it and contemplating the work B.S. has put into the characters it makes more sense to my reactions.
It's one of those books that you do wish you started reading when the whole story was out if your as impatient as I am...
Decent storyline, brilliant introductions of characters and they're personalities. Good ending and a few little twists to keep us on our toes.
I found myself wanting them to wear UV lighting as clothes and was a little annoyed they didn't have more lighting power with all the fabulos guns and explosives they seemed to have!!
If you love B.S. and fantasy books on a whole I would tell you to have a listen sit back and enjoy a master writer as he 'casts his bate' getting ready to wheel us all into his world of New Cargo ...
I'm not very good at Metaphors either but will keep trying!!!
Seems to me this book is aimed at the teenage market although the blurb provides no indication this is the case. It's not so much the subject matter that prompts me to say that, rather the handling of the narrative (and the complete lack of swear words - very unnatural). It's perfectly possible to take an outlandish premise - in this case people with superpowers - and use it as a base that a discerning readership would appreciate. However, this book fails to do that. The characters lack sophistication and their interactions smack of comic-book capers, displaying no depth of experience and expressing no emotion that's not reactive, predictable and often downright puerile.
There are no boundaries set and this renders moot the later twists in the tale. Allowing a universe where anything can and does happen robs the story of all suspense. Defining those boundaries is the mark of a good fantasy author. When an author passes up on the character- and world-building bits to focus on action and cringe-makingly unfunny wisecracks then a flawed narrative will always result and that's what happened here.
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