Steelheart : Reckoners

  • by Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by MacLeod Andrews
  • Series: Reckoners
  • 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The first book in a new, action-packed thrill ride of a series, from the number-one New York Times best-selling author of the Mistborn Trilogy and The Way of Kings.
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.
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Sanderson never disappoints

Brandon Sanderson never disappoints. Like Rithmatist, or Alloy of Law, this has a lighter touch to it than did Mistborn or Stormlight, but it's equally engaging.
MacLeod Andrews' narration for this was just right - his accent fitting perfectly with the lead character's dialogue and attitude.

I think one other reviewer has written that they are always waiting for the "raspberry" from Sanderson, but it never turns out that way - I agree. Even when his style changes, and the story takes on more of a sci-fi twist, it's still a great bit of entertainment, and his characters and plots never disappoint.

I seldom seek anything excessively "deep and meaningful" when I listen to audiobooks (there's too much reality in real life!) - instead I like escapism and entertainment - and this is what Sanderson delivers in buckets.
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- Robyn

Really enjoyed this

Imaginative storytelling, lots of action, suspense and fast paced with a good cast of characters. A really descriptive and sad prologue sets up the storyline, the trauma suffered by David and how that affects the choices he makes. In a post Calamity world ruled by dark and chilling Epics, humans who gained fearful super powers, a small group of resistance fighters, The Reckoners, are killing Epics to try and undermine their hold on the world.
David wants revenge against the most powerful ruling Epic, Steelheart, for the murder if his father 10 years ago. He joins The Reckoners (great characters) and they devise a plan. David knows Steelheart has a weakness, he saw him bleed, but he doesn't know for sure what the weakness is.
There are morality issues to confront and lessons to learn and several unexpected twists and revelations turn things upside down.
The characters are strong and the relationships and banter between them is appealing and also comical at times.
The story leaves enough unsaid to make you want to follow on with the next book.
Loved the audio.
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- CathyR

Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-09-2013
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group