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Steelheart (Steelheart 1) [Hardcover]

Brandon Sanderson
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26 Sep 2013 Steelheart 1

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.

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (26 Sep 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 057510385X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575103856
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm Brandon Sanderson, and I write stories of the fantastic: fantasy, science fiction, and thrillers.

My newest book is Words of Radiance, written as a love letter of sorts to the epic fantasy genre. It continues the story of the Stormlight Archive that began in The Way of Kings, and it's the type of book I always dreamed epic fantasy could be.

In September 2013 I also released Steelheart, set in a near-future Chicago ruled by a ruthless villain with no heroes to oppose him.

Mistborn and The Way of Kings are among my most popular works, as are my concluding volumes to Robert Jordan's epic series The Wheel of Time. My novella The Emperor's Soul won a Hugo Award in 2013. That year also marked the release of my first young adult fantasy, The Rithmatist.

Sample chapters from all of my books are available at -- and check out the rest of my site for chapter-by-chapter annotations, deleted scenes, and more.

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...Steelheart hits the ground running. The author spins a terrifically tall tale, packaging the superheroic action into compelling, punchy chapters that keep you reading. That's the appeal. It's a fast, feisty read, with characters that are skillfully drawn, assassinations, gunfights, physics-bending motorcycle chases and a world you can't wait to hear more about. (Dean Evans SFX MAGAZINE)

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The first book in a new, action-packed thrill ride of a series, from the No.1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of the Mistborn Trilogy and THE WAY OF KINGS.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Epic disappointment 17 Feb 2014
By Deckard
Okay firstly, this was my first foray into the work of Brandon Sanderson, and I decided to go with his most recent work, figuring that it would more than likely be some of his best writing, given the series that have gone before. All I can say is... really? This is the guy chosen to pick up the mantle of Robert Jordan? The guy who's academic knowledge and vocational insight into all things writing related has led to award winning podcasts and invaluable lectures? It's so hard to believe as you move past the prologue and into the book proper, that I even had to just double check that it was Brandon Sanderson, and not some 80s style straight to VHS style kung-fu movie imposter.. The idea for the book, a world in which attained superpowers have ultimately led to nothing but the corruption of man, and a society ruled by villainous tyrants with only human resistance, is superb and kicks off brilliantly with a decent set-up for a very personal and exciting foray into the steel cities of the books post apocalyptic style. But then, the story kicks in... and with that comes what I can only really describe as some truly shocking writing. There's endless repetition, "Steelheart was impervious to damage; he couldn't be hurt" etc, the pace of action scenes were ruined by rambling narrative and were so terribly blocked they were a confusing mess; then the evil tyrannous "Fortuity" abruptly tells his subordinate not to kill our main character for absolutely no reason (except to get him out of an impossible spot). But worst of all is the constant use of this awful "Of course, everyone knew XYZ" internal monologue. Surely this is writing 101 isn't it? Don't they call this "As you know Bob?" dialog? The glaring lazy hand of the author shovelling information at you in the most obvious way imaginable? Read more ›
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Power currupts, epic power currupts epically 1 Nov 2013
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This is the first of Brendon Sanderson's books I have read. I really enjoyed it. From what I read on the synopsis of this and his other books his style tends to be post-apocalyptic world. This one looks like a Superman gone bad theme. This interested me to read this from a fantasy writer's point of view rather than a comic writes point of view. The way Steelheart is described to look exactly like Superman does in the comics and cartoons, except with a black cloke instead of the Red one.

An event called the "Calamity" happened, casing normal people to gain super powers. These people are called Epics. As with the old adage of power corrupting. The Epics quickly establish themselves above normal people. The more powerful the Epic's ability the higher they are in the pecking order. Steelheart is arguably the most powerful epic of his time. He does not exactly have Superman's powers, but is very close. Superhuman strength, invulnerability, flight seemingly through gravity manipulation, turn non-living matter into steel and energy projections (blasts) from his hands. He is not really Superman gone bad; it is more if superman was never good.

The story starts with 8 year old David with his father in a bank trying to get a mortgage. With the appearance of the Epics, and property damage from their battles for supremacy the banks are even more dubious about lending money than they are today. Then an Epic enters to rob the bank and prove his dominance over the people of the city. Unfortunately for him the city already has an Epic who has claimed it. Steelheart. Quickly schooling the "little Epic" about his place in the pecking order of thing Steelheart is attacked by the military questioning his rule. The Epic see this opportunity to attack Steelheart.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Proper Fiction for Young Adults 4 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
In YA fiction I want strong characters, believable settings and a sensible plot. I don't want watered-down "hero's journey" stories full of stereotypical, childish characters and no real peril.

And I loved Steelheart.

I loved meeting characters who surprised me, visiting a city turned to steel where the sun never rises and riding a storycoaster with twist on top of twist. This is gutsy fiction where bad guys can be clever and good guys can die - and some characters are not what they seem. Superpowers do not automatically make heroes - or villains! And having finished, I'm tempted to reread in the same way everyone has to rewatch The Sixth Sense.

David is a young man with a serious grudge and a near-complete focus on killing Steelheart. He wants revenge and doesn't care what it costs him to get it. Until he meets the Prof, Megan and the other Reckoners. And on the way, he learns more about the world and himself than he ever expected.

When your only wish is to die for something, how can you bear to live?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yep, read this one too. 4 Feb 2014
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Nothing has surpassed the mistborn for me yet but his worldbuilding is so convincing and his storytelling is excellent. Good length, good characterisation, satisfying conclusion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 7 April 2014
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this book was recommended to me by a friend and I just said why not? and it was a great choice indeed. this book is riveting in all its plots twists, puzzles and action scenes are very detailed! it's like your there!
well done to Brandon Sanderson. this is a truly amazing book
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4.0 out of 5 stars What would happen if? 5 April 2014
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A book all about what would happen if the super powers made you arrogant and evil. And what would happen if hundreds or thousands of people suddenly got them around the world. What would happen to the world and what would happen to those who didn't change. How do you fight super human powers? A fast paced story from Brandon, very different to some of his other work but in some ways very similar. Brandon always puts interesting twists on his stories and this is no exception. I'm looking forwards top reading the next in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Story
This story is a great read. Highly recommended. If you've read other Brandon Sanderson books, you will not be disappointed.
Published 22 days ago by Marty
5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun read
I really enjoyed this. It does feel though as if he was writing this imagining the tv show/film in his head as he went. Read more
Published 23 days ago by hubblefan
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling
Not my usual type of book but was recommended to me and thoroughly enjoyed it. Well written, descriptive and hopefully there will be a sequel.
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What an amazing book I first read Brandon Sanderson when he completed the wheel of time then read his mistborn trilogy seen this book by accident but once I started reading it... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Steven Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars "We cannot let them convince us this is normal!"
The red star Calamity came, and suddenly a small number of people on Earth had superpowers. But they weren't superheroes -- they were tyrants. Read more
Published 1 month ago by E. A Solinas
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I thought this was a rarely descent read. looking forward to the next installment, would recommend it. maybe not brandon Sanderson best work but still very enjoyable.
Published 1 month ago by kevin hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Steelhead1
Excellent read, constant edge of your seat stuff with fresh ideas in fantasy fiction. Must read!! I'm going straight into the next book in the series.
Published 1 month ago by Mark Bleasdale
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
First Brandon Sanderson novel I have read but will read more now I've tried this one , good dystopian book
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