Blown Away By Brandon Sanderson’s Steelheart

I thought that Brandon Sanderson‘s The Rithmatist was enthralling so when I saw his newest book I bought it without hesitation.  I just read his Steelheart.  Wow!  Stunning!  Amazing!

The blurb:

“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 will.

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.”

I couldn’t put it down.  I found the characters to be very engaging, and I found myself thoroughly invested in their futures.  It was fast paced and with enough twists and turns to keep me guessing.  I did NOT guess the ending which just made the book perfect.  I cannot wait for the next installment.

The dilemma set up is compelling.  These people with powers are not heroes.  In fact they define the saying that absolute power corrupts absolutely.  David’s dad thought they would be like the superheroes from Marvel comics.  He losses his life because of his belief, and this defines the rest of David’s life.

David is a great character.  He shows dedication and perseverance in his quest to be a Reckoner.  His inability to think up great metaphors makes him endearing to the reader.  His bravado and recklessness blended with hard work and intelligence is a light shining in a bleak deary world of subservience and tyranny.  He could be a metaphor for hope, for the American dream, or all sort of great things.

If you like fantasy or science fiction you have to read this book.  If you don’t, but you like suspense or thrillers this is still a great book!  If you like romance, well there’s a little of that too.

I can’t guarantee that there isn’t a little bit of language.  There is violence, but it isn’t too graphic.  Definitely no sex scenes!

Go find your copy today!

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