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Brandon Sanderson
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26 Sep 2013 Reckoners 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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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (26 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057510399X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575103993
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.2 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,581 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 is the literature equivalent of a blockbuster; episodic and fast-paced with surprises around every turn. (SCI FI NOW)

A terrifically tall tale, packaging the superhero action into compelling, punchy chapters that keep you reading. 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. (SFX)

Full of action (THE SUN)

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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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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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7 of 9 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 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Proper Fiction for Young Adults 4 Oct 2013
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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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Really love the storm light archive books and Elantris, so found Steel heart very different. But it is so well written and the story kept me hooked up to the end. So respect to BrandonSanderson for being such a diverse writer, a true storyteller which is rare. I particularly like the way that though you want him to continue with the story he forces you to stop and think take time to pick up the clues. Also his characterization in this is excellent I could actually picture Megan. Read it if you want to know about superheroes or if you are like me addicted to Brandon Sanderson
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting begining 17 Jun 2014
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Brandon Sanderson doesn't let you down and his books are always engrossing reads. This isn't an exception and I only gave it four stars because I'm comparing it to some of his other books e.g. the Mistborn and way of kings trilogies which are some of the best books I've read. In my opinion Steelheart isn't quite as good as these as it lacks some of the depth and intrigue that some of his other books have however its still a classic action packed book which you won't want to put down!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid story, good fun to read. 8 Jun 2014
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There were some characters I kinda felt weren't fleshed out enough but it was well written and a well paced story with a satisfying end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Super-Hero / Anti-Hero clashes 8 Jun 2014
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Another example of how Sanderson can turn his hand to almost anything and make it amazing. I loved this story and I read it in one sitting. The character David is a loveable yet nerdy guy who has worked his whole life to attempt to find a way to defeat the Epic, Steelheart, who controls the city and who killed his father. He is a well-written character with a terrible lack of metaphor ability which makes him charming in some ways and ridiculously silly in a good way too.

The plot is exciting and eventful and the character's abilities and potential is endless so it's an enchanting read. The plot is fast-moving and there are a few twists which really make me want to read the next one as soon as I can!

Highly recommended and a wonderful read! My first superhero-like read, and certainly not a let-down!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Entertainment 6 Jun 2014
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This book was my introduction to Brandon Sanderson, and I would strongly recommend it. The book is well-paced, well-planned with sufficient twists to the narrative to keep you uncertain as to precisely what's been happening until the final few pages. The writing style is crisp and evocative: I found it easy to imagine the steel-city of Newcago, stratified into tiers and presided over by Steelheart, an invulnerable epic with whom our protagonist, David, has his grievance.

The premise to the book was surprisingly engrossing, so much so that I read it entirely in two sittings. Epics, humans with supernatural abilities, surface within civilisation after the event known as Calamity, about which there is much speculation but as of yet no explanation. The Epics choose to subjugate society, although there is great disparity concerning their powers, so that only the most eminent emerge as dictators. Steelheart, one of such, features early in the novel: causing the death of the David's father in his power play that sees him become the despot of Newcago. David devotes the rest of his life to having his revenge.

It would be easy for a different writer to become stranded and inconsistent with the vast array of possibilities that come with a new flock of supernatural abilities, but Sanderson is quick to tabulate the lore, including colourful terminology that really makes the reader believe in the setting. There's a whole new economy set around the Epics, with plenty of hints for potential plot lines in future instalments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just hooked
Such a fantastic read. Thoroughly enjoyed the book definitely recommend this to any people who love superpowers and fantasy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by jason davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure genius
World: The single most intriguing world that just makes you want to learn more. Characters: Relatable, different compared to what other authors would write and also different from... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Helen Barrick
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Read!
I picked this book on a whim, having been a massive fan of Sanderson's other books. The concept is a fresh take on the over-used 'normal people get super-powers' scenario, with the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tim
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another brilliant read!
Brandon Sanderson's books have always been a fantastic read, but this has to be a favourite. A teen novel yet with with an adult feeling/theme, the difference between this and his... Read more
Published 1 month ago by new mum
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as I have done with pretty much every book Brandon has published. Looking forward to future novels set in this world.
Published 1 month ago by Grant
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
I really enjoyed this book and found it very imaginative and action packed. I don't usually go for this type of read, so it has been a surprise to me that I liked it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by v r
5.0 out of 5 stars a refreshing change, good story good fun
I have read a lot of Sanderson, but the usual high fantasy stuff, which he is very good at. I've read a lot of other fantasy as well from good authors and essentially ran out of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Andrew John Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesooooome
Brandon Sanderson never ever disappoint. He writes the best action sequences I've ever read. Such a big fan and can't wait to read more.
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