{Bieke Reviews} Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Posted November 17, 2015 by Bee in Reviews / 18 Comments

{Bieke Reviews} Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson


by Brandon Sanderson
Series: Reckoners #1
Pages: 386
Published on September 26th 2013
by Orion Books
Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Source: Gifted
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Also by this author: The Rithmatist

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.

4.5 Stars

Holy damn, my nails are effectively ruined after reading this. Honestly, sometimes I don’t know why I wait to read certain books. I must be losing my mind because this is yet another read I can throw on my “should-have-read-ages-ago”-pile. It has superpowers for goodness sake! That just screams my name! To say this was awesome, would be an understatement.

Ten years ago, a burst in the sky – later called Calamity – gave ordinary people extraordinary powers. These people became known as Epics. But Epics aren’t superheroes. They use their incredible powers as a means to rule over everyone. Nobody dares to fight them, except for the Reckoners. And David wants in. Ever since an Epic named Steelheart killed his father all those years ago, David has been studying and planning and he wants to join the Reckoners and get revenge on Steelheart.

Everyone that knows me even a little bit, knows I’m crazy about superpowers. So this book just screams my name all over the place. It’s been calling me ever since I found it and quite honestly, I don’t know why I didn’t pick it up any sooner. It doesn’t make any sense, because this was awesome. It really was! The humor, the action, the characters, the world-building, the twists,… Everything was so damn fantastic. So why don’t I give this 5 stars instead of 4,5? Why not just give it that extra half star? Not sure. It just doesn’t feel like a 5-star book to me. Yes, it’s freaking awesome and all kinds of bad ass, but it’s just not a 5-star book. I know, it makes as much sense as me waiting to read a book that’s so obviously written for me.

There are a lot of action scenes that made my heart race. I was biting my nails so much while reading this, that they quite effectively destroyed right now. Don’t worry, I wasn’t that attached to them in the first place. There are some surprising twists thrown in, especially in the second half, that made me go WAIT WHAT?? every time. Everything seemed to happen so fast that I needed to catch my breath sometimes. It felt like running a marathon. I had to pause a few times because my head was spinning from everything that happened.

Of course, the best part about this book would be the characters. They can kick some serious ass, all of them. Plus there was so much humor in their conversations. I loved the banter between them. David was a fantastic main character and sort of an anti-hero in some ways. He was funny and so damn smart. He really is. I loved the Reckoners. Megan, Cody, Abraham, Prof and Tia, I loved them all. I can’t wait to see what’s next for David and his friends. I also loved the Epics but… they didn’t always feel like they were a real threat. And that’s where the half star went. Sure, in the second half the author throws a twist my way that upped the stakes and changed that for me, but still. Some of them didn’t seem all that threatening. I felt the heaviness of the situation and the danger of their mission, but it all seemed to go to easily at times. But if it were really bad, I would’ve chopped off more than just the half star. So it really isn’t. They’re still quite frightening most of the time and there’s a lot to be done with this series from this point on.

Steelheart is another book that I can safely shelf among my favorites. It has plenty of humor and nail-biting action It shows us that most people that get superpowers, aren’t prone to become a savior of mankind, which I find very realistic. I would recommend it to fans of V.E. Schwab’s Vicious, which is ah-may-zing, – and there’s a sequel on the way, just FYI – or Jay Kristoff’s Lotus War trilogy. Both have awesome characters, great action scenes, twists and turns and fantastic settings. Next to that, Vicious also features superpowers and the theme of “people with powers aren’t always heroes”. Read them all, I say. All of them!

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18 responses to “{Bieke Reviews} Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

  1. Nice review, Bieke! I kind of lost interest in this book for some reason (I may have stopped reading for one reason or the other and haven’t bothered to pick it back up?), but your review has convinced me to finish it! Although I do like it when villains are more of a threat, the characters seem like an excellent reason to continue it.

  2. YAY! I’m happy that you loved this one^^ I’m a HUGE fan of Sanderson and even though I feel like his YA stuff isn’t quite as awesome as his adult stuff, I LOVED Steelheart! Like you, I’m a little bit crazy when it comes to super powers so I was ALL OVER this one too πŸ˜€ Awesome review Bieke!

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