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August 28, 2013 / minusbar

Book Review: Steelheart, by Brandon Sanderson

Book Review: “Steelheart” by Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson once again proves himself to be a literary titan. Super hero arc types are thrown on their head in Steelheart as a ragtag team of everyday people are pitted against villains whose abilities are only surpassed by their cruelty. The story felt both familiar, yet entirely unique. Don’t let the YA label fool you, this is a thoroughly enjoyable book for readers of all ages.

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.

Imagine a bad guy with all of the powers of Super Man and the moral compass of the Joker. Steelheart is pretty much what you’re left with. He’s a take-no-prisoners overlord who has no problem squashing anyone who gets in his way. His power is unmatched and his only weakness is unknown. The only clue to overthrowing him and giving average Joe’s a chance against the evil and powerful epics rests within the mind of a young boy named David.

I was impressed with just how quickly the novel took off. From the first page all the way to the last, there was always something going on; everything from car chases, explosions, gunfights and more! It’s always fun to root for the under dogs, especially when they’re given a chance to kick butt and take names.

The main character, David, reminded me a lot of Joel from The Rithmatist. He uses intellect and hard work to achieve his goal, vengeance against Steelheart and the other epics. After years of planning, he’s finally given an opportunity to take up the fight and work to free the city from a tyrants rule. However, he knows he can’t do it alone. Filling out the cast is a group of ragtag rebels who’ve been working for years at resisting the new order of things.

The characters had good chemistry together, but Meagan and Prof definitely steal the show. As usual, there’s often a lot more to people than meets the eye, and the back-stories for them are nothing short of amazing. Be prepared for an intense jaw dropping ending that’ll definitely leave you wanting for more.

You can purchase it here! or at your local bookstore.



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  1. James Aquilone / Aug 29 2013 5:12 pm

    I’ve been meaning to start reading Brandon Sanderson. This sounds like it would be a good place to start. The book sounds very cool.

    • minusbar / Aug 30 2013 1:23 am

      It definitely is a good starting point. My first read by him was The Rithmatist. I was too far behind on most all of the other series of his and it worked like a gateway drug to bigger things. This one is even better, so it’s a great introduction to Brandon Sanderson.

  2. Soham / Aug 30 2013 8:30 am

    Can’t wait to read it. I read the first chapter on his website.
    Have you read the Mistborn series? It’s brilliant, way better than the Rithmatist.

    • minusbar / Aug 30 2013 11:48 am

      I haven’t, but Way of Kings was brilliant! I intend to dive into Mistborn soon. I’m cleaning up my To-read pile now.

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