I have a small place in my literary heart for this story, and thus I will make you aware of its awesomeness! Steelheart is the first book of the Reckoners series written by NYT bestselling author Brandon Sanderson. He may be familiar to you if you read good high fantasy stories, and especially if you’re a reader of the Robert Jordan long-running series Wheel of Time. Well, this is pretty much his second foray into the young-adult genre, and I love it!
Anyway, if you haven’t read the book, Steelheart, because you didn’t want to fork out the funds for the hardcover, it’s not release in paperback! So, check it out!
There are no heroes.
Every single person who manifested powers—we call them Epics—turned out to be evil.
Here, in the city once known as Chicago, an extraordinarily powerful Epic declared himself Emperor. Steelheart has the strength of ten men and can control the elements. It is said no bullet can harm him, no sword can split his skin, no explosion can burn him. He is invincible.
It has been ten years. We live our lives as best we can. Nobody fights back . . . nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans who spend their lives studying powerful Epics, finding their weaknesses, then assassinating them.
My name is David Charleston. I’m not one of the Reckoners, but I intend to join them. I have something they need. Something precious, something incredible. Not an object, but an experience. I know his secret.
I’ve seen Steelheart bleed.
The second book of the series, Firefight, is now available for pre-order and will be released on January 6, 2015!