Sunday, 18 May 2014

Steelheart - Brandon Sanderson

By Brandon Sanderson
Reviewed by Jeff
Published:September 24th 2013
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 386
ISBN: 0385743564

There are no heroes.

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. (Goodreads)

"Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely". Sanderson sums up the theme of his book in the prologue, and it's no looking back from there. Considering this is my first Sanderson novel read, and it is outside of his normal fantasy genre, I am amazed at his ability. This book for me was unbelievable, I absolutely loved it. It reads like a movie or video game, very easy and enjoyable. Consistently flowing high energy plot, with a couple unexpected twists at the end and a general lack of romance....perfect! If you like super heroes and anti heroes, or comic books in general, give this book serious consideration. One of my new favourites no question.

5/5 Carls

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