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.
What a fitting title, Steelheart, for that is some of what you’ll need when reading the opening scenes of this book. With the advent of Calamity, a strange red light in the sky, ordinary men and women began to change. Some of them are now “Epics,” imbued with amazing and terrifying powers much like the classic comic book super heroes. But instead where you would hope to see heroes – these Epics are the worst kind of villains.
With no regard for human life, there doesn’t seem to be a good one in existence. They take what they want and murder indiscriminately. They rule now, and few dare challenge them.
This is the perfect marriage of super hero and post-apocalyptic fiction. The atmosphere that is created in what was once Chicago but now called Newcago is excellent! It is perpetual night there and I could almost feel the darkness pressing in on me and see every surface being made of steel. Sanderson is a master of taking you out of yourself and putting you right inside the book along with the characters.
And, O what characters they are! This was such a quirky crew and so easy to picture each one. They each had distinctive voices and personalities. There would be no mixing one for the other. My favorite was definitely Cody, he was so silly with his constant babble about the oddest things…
Ultimately, Steelheart manages to be both a fun read and a serious one. I have always had a huge thing for villains in fiction, – so for me, reading this was like eating ice cream. I couldn’t get enough and I’m foaming at the mouth for more.