Written by: Brandon Sanderson
Published by: Gollancz
Ten Years ago, Calamity Came. It was a burst in he sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend to man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his will.
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.
Having never read a book by Brandon Sanderson, but always wanting to, I thought that Steelheart would be the perfect start. For me, nothing gets better than any story that involves superheroes/anti-heroes and for one to be written by the legend that is Brandon Sanderson is just a win win. Steelheart focuses on David and the group that he idolizes 'the Reckoners' trying to get revenge on the Epic 'Steelheart', 10 years after Steelheart killed his dad. Now I don't know about you, but that premise just screams 'Read Me!'. It has everything: action, superhuman abilities, revenge plots, epic fights and a lot of mystery and twists hidden within pages.
“Where there are villains, there will be heroes. Just wait. They will come.”There is only one way to describe Steelheart and that is intense and epic (pardon the pun). It is literally a edge of your seat, fingernail biting read. Which is why I found myself finishing this book within a day. There were so many twists that I just did not see coming, making it so easy to get lost within the pages and not surface until I had finished the story. I just loved loved loved everything about it.
“Sometimes, son," my father said, prying my fingers free, "you have to help the heroes along.”The writing while amazing, was not the only thing that stood out. For a book to have brilliant writing but also perfect characters, that I personally could find no fault, with is sometimes a phenomenon. Which is why Steelheart stood out so epically. David and his little metaphors were actually fantastic and added so much depth to the character because it hinted a little at his back-story. But it wasn't just the main characters, the others were also thought out and developed amazingly. I just couldn't find a fault in it, not one little fault.
“It's like a banana farm for guns!”All in all there is not one thing that I could find wrong with this book. In my eyes Brandon Sanderson is a genius because his writing is so epically faultless that it draws you in and doesn't release you until well after the end. There were so many twists and turns that it kept you on the edge of your seat just waiting, wanting to know, but also to be so surprised that you go back trying to figure out how you missed that. It is just brilliant. Fantastically brilliant.