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.
Up until now, my only experience with Brandon Sanderson had been the last three Wheel of Time books, an amazing epic fantasy series that was started by Robert Jordan and finished by Sanderson. I loved the books Sanderson wrote for the Wheel of Time, but I didn’t know if it was because of Sanderson’s writing, or because I already loved this story that I had invested so much time into. STEELHEART was my first pure Brandon Sanderson book, and I went into it not really knowing what to expect.
Steelheart is a fantastic book. The story is right up my alley, and I think with all of the superhero hype that is prevalent these days, new readers to the series would really enjoy it. I thought it was going to be a typical, formulaic hero story and I was so very wrong. Steelheart turns the entire, much over-done superhero-saves-the-day story on it’s head and presents a truly unique take on humans with powers. There were so many unexpected twists and turns in this story that I finally had to just stop myself from trying to guess what was going to happen. It was wonderful to read a book that I couldn’t predict at all, I was able to let the story take me where it wanted to go.
Sanderson’s writing was terrific. I really appreciated the humor that frequented the story, it added nice light moments to a story that sometimes became very dark. Every word seemed so well thought out and that kept me hooked to the very last page.
I highly recommend STEELHEART to anyone who is a fan of sci-fi, fantasy, or who is enjoying the current superhero craze. It’s an intense, unpredictable, fun story with just the right balance of humor and gravity. I cannot wait to continue with this series!