Publication Date: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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 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.
Loved this one! I’ve long been in awe of Brandon Sanderson’s world-building abilities. Heck, I’m in awe of just about everything he does as a writer. And Steelheart was no exception. In fact, I convinced my non-reader husband to listen to the audio version during his commute, and he loved it just as much as I did.
Fast pacing, witty dialog, clever characters, awesome powers, a bit of romance, lots of revenge, what more could you want in a superhero novel?
I loved David’s bad metaphors and his dry sense of humor, they make him so likable, and helped to keep the book from being too heavy and violent. If you’ve never read anything by Sanderson (he usually writes high fantasy) this is a great place to start.