Steelheart

Steelheart

Book rating: 03 Paperback The Reckoners

By (author) Brandon Sanderson, Edited by Krista Marino

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  • Publisher: Delacorte Press
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 232mm x 24mm | 500g
  • Publication date: 24 September 2013
  • ISBN 10: 0385374933
  • ISBN 13: 9780385374934
  • Sales rank: 25,621

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Brandon Sanderson, 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, presents Steelheart, the first book in the Reckoners series, an action-packed thrill ride that will leave readers breathless.    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary people extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics.    Epics are no friends of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man, you must crush his will.    Now, in what was once Chicago, an astonishingly powerful Epic named Steelheart has installed himself as emperor. Steelheart possesses the strength of ten men and can control the elements. It is said that no bullet can harm him, no sword can split his skin, and no fire can burn him. He is invincible. Nobody fights back . . . nobody but the Reckoners.    A shadowy group of ordinary humans, the Reckoners spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in.    When Steelheart came to Chicago, he killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David has been studying, and planning, and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.    He has seen Steelheart bleed.    And he wants revenge. "A tense, fast-paced adventure. Brandon Sanderson is one of the best fantasy sci-fi writers working today." —Christopher Paolini, author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller Eragon “Fantastic! The suspense is relentless and the climax explosive.” —James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series   “Steelheart is another win for Sanderson, proving that he’s not a brilliant writer of epic fantasy, he’s simply a brilliant writer. Period.” —Patrick Rothfuss, author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller The Name of the Wind [STAR] “Snappy dialogue, bizarre plot twists, high-intensity action, and a touch of mystery and romance; it’s a formula that sucks readers into the prologue, slings them through one tension-filled encounter after the other, and then . . . leaves them panting for the sequel.” —Booklist, Starred   “The near-constant action, Sanderson’s whiz-bang imaginings, and a fully realized sense of danger . . . make this an absolute page-turner.” —Publishers Weekly   “Perfect for genre fans who love exciting adventure stories with surprising plot twists.” —School Library Journal   “A straight-up Marvel Comics–style action drama.” —Kirkus Reviews From the Hardcover edition.

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Brandon Sanderson is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Steelheart and the internationally bestselling Mistborn trilogy and was chosen to complete Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time series. His books have been published in more than twenty-five languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. Steelheart is the first book in the Reckoners series. He lives and writes in Utah. To learn more about Brandon and his books, visit him at brandonsanderson.com or follow him on Twitter @BrandSanderson. From the Hardcover edition.

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By Betule Sairafi 29 Nov 2013 3

Oh, wow.

First of all, I am not completely happy with this book. Dialogue is SO not BS's strong suit. Funny, yes. Unrealistic and S-C-R-I-P-T-E-D, also yes.

It's a childish novel -or rather, young and carefree.

Up until the climax, I would have said EH, NO. Subpar. GTFO (except not, really, since I let it stay.)

This story smells exactly like a superhero movie. Have you seen the first episode of Marvel's TV show? It's almost exactly like that, with worse dialogue.

But the last few pages are positively euphoric. I cannot stress this enough. Most of the book was not the Sanderson level fantasy we know and love, but the last few pages, if not make up for it, at least kind of erase that from your memory.

Only I think he's running low on ideas because it's like a couple of his other books are mashed up in here as well. Whatever, I just finished it and I'm still high off its fumes. Give it five stars, the endorphins tell me. Five!

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An Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller An ALA-YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book An ALA-YALSA Teens’ Top Ten Book An IRA Young Adults’ Choice An Amazon Best Book of the Year [STAR] “Snappy dialogue, bizarre plot twists, high intensity action, and a touch of mystery and romance; it’s a formula that sucks readers into the prologue, slings them through one tension-filled encounter after the other, and then...leaves them panting for the sequel.”—Booklist, Starred   “The near-constant action, Sanderson’s whiz-bang imaginings, and a fully realized sense of danger… make this an absolute page-turner.”—Publishers Weekly   “Perfect for genre fans who love exciting adventure stories with surprising plot twists.”—School Library Journal   “A straight-up Marvel Comics–style action drama.”—Kirkus Reviews   “Fantastic! The suspense is relentless and the climax explosive.” —James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series and The Eye of Minds   “Steelheart is another win for Sanderson, proving that he’s not a brilliant writer of epic fantasy, he’s simply a brilliant writer. Period.” —Patrick Rothfuss, author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller The Name of the Wind "A tense, fast-paced adventure. Brandon Sanderson is one of the best fantasy sci-fi writers working today."-Christopher Paolini, author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller Eragon From the Hardcover edition.