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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (26 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057510399X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575103993
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 209,159 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 brandonsanderson.com/library -- 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By GreyMonarch on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Odell on 3 July 2014
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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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Ten years ago, a bright light appeared in the sky. People called it the Calamity and although no one knows what caused it, it did coincide with humans suddenly developing superhuman powers. But these humans – nicknamed Epics - did not use their power for good. Instead they used them to abuse and rule and conquer.

Ten years ago, David saw one of the most powerful of the Epics – Steelheart – murder his father. Since then his only concern has been to get revenge. He’s been studying all of the Epics, learning their strengths and their weaknesses and he knows that Steelheart is not as indestructible as he seems because he’s seen him bleed …

Brandon Sanderson’s superhero fantasy - the first in a series – is an action-packed affair premised on the idea of great power becoming a great corrupter. Although aimed at a ‘grown up’ audience, the fact that David is 18, coupled with the coming-of-age themes and simple plot means that it would equally play well with YA readers. There’s a lot of world building in the book, which I really enjoyed – especially as Sanderson spends time establishing how the Fractured States came into being and the different powers and vulnerabilities that each Epic has. However the plot itself is slim – little more than an account of taking on – and taking out – various Epics and the Epics themselves are two-dimensional generic evildoers (although there is an opening for them to become more nuanced in later books). I also found David’s quirk of constructing tortured metaphors a little annoying after a while, while the obligatory romance with fellow Reckoner Megan for the most part played out fairly predictably.
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By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 July 2014
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Much has been written about this book not being Sanderson’s best although since this is the first of his books that I have read, I simply cannot support or criticise this statement. What I can state and confirm, however, is that the book worked well for me and was indeed “action-packed” and “fast-paced”, to use two of the usual sentences applied to this kind of book. The meaning here is that, regardless of whether you end up by liking the book or not, and for whatever reason, you will have no time to get bored.

The other thing going for this book is that it belongs to what I tend to call the “easy reading” category (no offense intended, nor is this an attempt to be condescending in any way). By this, I simply mean that it is the kind of book that makes a good and pleasurable holiday read - I happened to be on holidays when I read it a few days ago – even if the plot is not entirely original and even if, at times, it does “look and feel” like a “YA book” or something that could be directly drawn from a comic.

Then there is the story itself, which takes place in a futuristic and rather grim Chicago that its inhabitants call “Newcago”. A decade before, Epics with superhuman powers destroyed the United States (now called the fractured States!) and set up their own private little realms which they rule as unpredictable tyrants. One of the most powerful of all is the horrible and cruel Steelheart who killed the hero’s father ten years before when he seized power in Chicago. So the hero will join "the Reckoners" who resist the Epics' tyranny by killing them and seek hs revenge...

I will not write much more about the plot or the characters, to avoid spoilers. Neither is exactly original.
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