Publication Date: January 6, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Press
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Words of Radiance, coauthor of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and creator of the internationally bestselling Mistborn Trilogy, Brandon Sanderson presents the second book in the Reckoners series: Firefight, the sequel to the #1 bestseller Steelheart.
They told David it was impossible—that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet, Steelheart—invincible, immortal, unconquerable—is dead. And he died by David’s hand.
Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life more simple. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And there’s no one in Newcago who can give him the answers he needs.
Babylon Restored, the old borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though. Ruled by the mysterious High Epic, Regalia, David is sure Babylon Restored will lead him to what he needs to find. And while entering another city oppressed by a High Epic despot is a gamble, David’s willing to risk it. Because killing Steelheart left a hole in David’s heart. A hole where his thirst for vengeance once lived. Somehow, he filled that hole with another Epic—Firefight. And he’s willing to go on a quest darker, and more dangerous even, than the fight against Steelheart to find her, and to get his answers.
I’m really enjoying this series! I always pick up the middle novel in a trilogy with a little trepidation. Ever heard of the dreaded second-book-slump? They tend to fall flat—the plot stagnates or simply repeats the first book. But that’s not the case with Firefight.
The plot advances swiftly, and increases in its scope, as the Reckoners search for clues that will help them better understand the epics. The romance increases (David is trying to find Megan, after all) the technology is even cooler and the battles worthy of any superhero movie. Babylon Restored is a crazy, graffiti covered, flooded Manhattan with strange glowing plants that grow indoors.
Just like in Steelheart, Sanderson keeps up the humor with David’s ridiculous, over the top similes so that the book doesn’t become too serious. And as if Firefight couldn’t get any better, Sanderson finishes the book with a cliff-hanger that will have you scrambling for book three.