Book Review: Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

What this book is about:

When Epics start showing up, ordinary people have no chance. David has spent half his life, all the time since Calamity, plotting how to kill Steelheart, the Epic who murdered his father. The problem is that no one knows Steelheart’s weakness, not even the Reckoners, the underground group responsible for the deaths of many minor Epics. David finds himself mixed up in the middle of an assassination, and from there, everything changes for him.

What I liked:

This is my first Brandon Sanderson book and wow! What an introduction!

The pacing of the book is great, the worldbuilding, and especially the magic aspect. There were tons of interesting things happening throughout and I found this to be a very satisfying read from the beginning to the end.

What I didn’t like:

I can’t think of anything that negative that stuck out.

Overall thoughts and opinions:

This is the only Brandon Sanderson book at one library where I get most of my books, so I didn’t have lots of choice when it came to jumping into his writing. The first few pages pulled me right in. I did feel some trepidation after learning this is actually part of a series, because I felt concern that I might be cheated out of the final battle I expected to happen.

Of course, I shouldn’t have been concerned, because I’ve seen Sanderson’s youtube series of college course lectures on writing. In that, he talked about making promises to readers and, as a writer, it’s our job to keep the promises we make.

Sanderson keeps all his promises in this book. There are seeds planted all along the way that bloom into a fantastic ending and definitely make me long for more, not only of this series, but of all his books.

This seems to be a great exploration of one of Sanderson’s laws of Magic: That the limitations are always more interesting than the powers. The entire book is focused on limitations and that does make it far more interesting than if it explored what they could do the entire time. I see the hype and I’m happy to have FINALLY gotten to experience some of his writing.

I heartily give five stars.

5 star rating

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