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.
This was the first ever Brandon Sanderson book I have read and I absolutely loved it!
I was gripped from the first page – a description of a bank robbery involving “superheroes” and a dead father. My chin hit the floor, it was amazing!
Right the way through the characters developed, and whilst old for his age (18) David was allowed to be a teenager rather than falsely as an experienced adult. His inability to create a good metaphor had me chuckling regularly – a brick made of porridge was a favourite.
Whilst extremely fantastical at times – well there were all manner of super powers here – it always felt believable. There were great action scenes, including car chases and an epic battle (no pun intended) and they were written so well that I could see them playing out in my head. There were twists and turns, with a few lightbulb moments, where looking back seeds of clues had been laid, but none of the twists felt like cheats. They were cleverly done, with a light touch and I felt they added something to the story.
The side characters were great fun too, Abraham with his gentle soul and Cody with his crazy Scottishness with wee dragons and unicorn horns.
I’m sad to get to the end, but delighted that this was the first of a series.
Highly recommended, and if the rest of Brandon Sandersons books are this good, then I may have a new addiction!
Finished on March 15th 2017
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