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Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

The Reckoners #1

Goodreads rating:4.16

386 pages
Published: 24 September 2013
ISBN13: 9780385743563

My rating: 2.7

This book was given to me by a friend for my birthday, I honestly don’t think I would have bought it for myself – it is a little out of my genre preference of fantasy. But it’s Brandon Sanderson and who can argue with his greatness?

Steelheart is a superhero novel but the twist is all superheroes are BAD! In the end I ended up quite enjoying the book but was disappointed as it did not quite live up to usual Sanderson standards for me. The story and characters were quite unique but I was able to guess the 2 big plot twists which was disappointing as I would rather be surprised than be right.

This book is definitely not  standard Sanderson and I am not sure if I will finish the series, but if you enjoy superhero stories with a twist and voting for the underdog then it is for you!


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.


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