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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (25 Sep 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 057510404X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575104044
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,147 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) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AGH on 22 Aug 2014
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A well crafted plot with good characterisation from a story engineering perspective with more or less all the right ingredients in the right place. Coupled with Brandon's vivid imagination it succeeds in keeping you turning the pages and building dramatic tension. The prologue is a great hook into the story which you can read for free, so if that appeals to you jump on board for the ride.
Written in the first person from the perspective of the eighteen year old David with ambitions to join the Reckoners, a group dedicated to fighting the evil "Epic's" in possession of a variety of super powers following on from an event known as the "Calamity". The narrative does feel like it comes from an eighteen year old man with David's background which naturally places certain limitations on style and content. I quite enjoyed the humour introduced by David's own assessment of his ability to produce fitting metaphors during the telling. Coming from the mind of an eighteen year old character I suppose you do loose a little depth in the telling but I'm not going to criticise Brandon for that. He's decided that is how he is telling the tale, in some ways it works better this way as it is logical certain revelations come later in the story when only seen from David's perspective.

Its the first Brandon Sanderson book I've read, I will definitely be reading his Mistborn series later and more from the Reckoner's when they are published.
This is a easier faster to consume novel than many heavy weights in the fantasy genre which is exactly what I was in the mood for. I needed a break after reading Tad William's Dragon Bone Chair before I pick up the sequel to this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 14 Aug 2014
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This is my first Brandon Sanderson novel and I have to admit that I enjoyed even though the story line is beyond implausible, bordering on the preposterous. The author seems to cheerfully violate every known law of Physics in this universe with his Epics, not to mention common sense at every turn. Even so, his heroic characters are so sympathetic and his villains such despicable that I found I had to stick with it until the ending which is a completely daft one but which somehow doesn't disappoint. Recommended although I don't know how he does it. Teachers of creative writing must be in despair about this one.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kitty on 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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