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Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson Review

SPOILER ALERT

So recently I have been in a reading slump where I have been struggling to get into a book so I have been playing more games or watching movies to try and give myself some time away from the books. This is the first book I have read since I started again and I think it is time for a review.

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Story

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.

Taken from Goodreads

My Opinion

When I first was looking for a new book to start reading this book wasn’t even thought about, to be totally honest I didn’t even know that Brandon Sanderson had written another series. But when I read the back of the book I got really intrigued and wanted to see what the book was about.  I wanted to know what an Epic was and why one of them killed David’s father, and who were the Reckoners. So I want onto amazon and bought the book for my kindle for the cheap price of £5 and started reading straight away.

The first thing I have got to say is that I really like David in this book, this is because you can tell how much it means to him as the story progresses that he is able to get revenge for his dad and be able to help the city where he lives to get rid of the person who has caused so much trouble. After his dad died he started researching just about everything there was to know about an epic, this included all the powers they had and what weakness they had. When David first met up with the reckoners he was actually getting in the way of a mission in which they were going to kill an Epic, but with David’s quick thinking he was able to not only help out one of the members of the Reckoners but also be able to distract the Epic long enough for the reckoners to kill him. For me, David is a great character and in my own opinion makes the book a lot better because of it. In a lot of books where the hero is trying to save the world, they are doing so because they are the ‘chosen one’ while David is doing it after a lot of hard work and has his eyes set on it for the last ten years.

The story as well is also great, I love how the calamity turned up one day and soon after there where people who started getting magical powers, but when they used them they would turn evil. This is just such a weird concept to me, as a lot of the time there will be a mixture of good and bad but this time, it is just all bad and I love it. This means that all the reckoners are going to have to be normal people, well you would think so but the leader is, in fact, an epic that refuses to use his powers in order to stay good as he hated the way he was when he used them. We don’t find this out until the end and in fact,  I was really surprised when it was said he was an Epic. Of course, when I look back and think about the book the signs were there as he really didn’t want to tell anyone about his past and he hated to use his own inventions, well this was because he was an Epic and his inventions didn’t actually work they were just gifted with his powers.

For me I really enjoyed this book, the pace of the book did change quite a lot which me personally I am not a huge fan off but even then I loved how we went from following David who just had a dream of being part of the reckoners and being the one to kill Steelheart, to him being part of the reckoners and being part of the fight against Steelheart. This is a great book and I do recommend that people read it especially if they like the marvel and DC comic hero style as this book reminds me a lot of this.

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  1. Definitely right with Marvel and DC! Steelheart is the book that got me out of my reading slump and I’m super glad you like it too, despite its issues. I also really like David and find him generally quite funny, and the pace of the book and the way it’s written remind me of X-Men (which I love). Great review. 🙂

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    • I have got to admit his attempts at metaphors are just amazing, and that’s a good comparison I didn’t think of that but now you mentioned it I can see exactly what you mean. Thank you

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  2. Oi – you spoiled a bit! -_- I have Steelheart on Audio. I’ve never made it more than halfway through the book. I like the premise well enough, and the beginning is fascinating, I just can’t get into it. From what you said in your review, I might as well just give up on it because it doesn’t seem like anything that happens is going to hook me.

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