Steelheart: Book summary and reviews of Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Steelheart

By Brandon Sanderson

Steelheart
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2013,
    400 pages.
    Age range: Young Adult


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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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"Although readers may not be surprised at the twists that arise, the near-constant action, Sanderson's whiz-bang imaginings, and a fully realized sense of danger (the brutal opening scene alone will hook many) make this an absolute page-turner. Ages 12–up." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. Snappy dialogue, bizarre plot twists, high intensity action, and a touch of mystery and romance; it's a formula that sucks readers into the prologue, slings them through one tension-filled encounter after the other, and then, at the strange and marginally hopeful conclusion, leaves them panting for the sequel, Firefight, due in 2014." - Booklist

"This enjoyable read focuses more on action than character development and is perfect for genre fans who love exciting adventure stories with surprising plot twists." - School Library Journal

"There's violence and gore in profusion, cool gear, hot wheels, awesome feats, inner conflicts on both sides - all that's missing are the pictures. Ages 11-14." - Kirkus

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Brandon Sanderson is the author of the internationally bestselling Mistborn trilogy, and was chosen to complete Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time series. His books have been published in more than twenty-five languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. He lives and writes in Utah. To learn more about Brandon and his book, visit him at brandonsanderson.com.

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