Annotations for Steelheart


Baker & Taylor
A decade after a bizarre celestial event causes certain individuals to manifest extraordinary powers and a fierce desire to rule the world, young David, the son of a father who was killed by supernatural oppressors, uses inside knowledge to help a shadowy group of freedom fighter assassins. By the best-selling author of the Mistborn trilogy.

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Baker & Taylor
At age eight, David watched as his father was killed by an Epic, a human with superhuman powers, and now, ten years later, he joins the Reckoners--the only people who are trying to kill the Epics and end their tyranny.

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Random House, Inc.
Buy the #1 New York Times bestselling sequel--Firefight--today!

Brandon Sanderson, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Words of Radiance, coauthor of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, and creator of the internationally bestselling Mistborn Trilogy, presentsSteelheart, the first book in the Reckoners series, an action-packed thrill ride that will leave readers breathless.
Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary people extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics.
Epics are no friends of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man, you must crush his will.
Now, in what was once Chicago, an astonishingly powerful Epic named Steelheart has installed himself as emperor. Steelheart possesses the strength of ten men and can control the elements. It is said that no bullet can harm him, no sword can split his skin, and no fire can burn him. He is invincible. Nobody fights back . . . nobody but the Reckoners.
A shadowy group of ordinary humans, the Reckoners spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in.
When Steelheart came to Chicago, he killed David's father. For years, like the Reckoners, David has been studying, and planning, and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.
He has seen Steelheart bleed.
And he wants revenge.

Praise for the Reckoners series

"The suspense is relentless and the climax explosive."--James Dashner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series

"Another win for Sanderson . . . he's simply a brilliant writer. Period."--Patrick Rothfuss, author of theNew York Times and USA Today bestseller The Name of the Wind

[STAR] "Snappy dialogue, bizarre plot twists, high-intensity action, and a touch of mystery and romanceā€¦leaves [readers] panting for the sequel."--Booklist, Starred

"Nuance and complexity alongside the action and intrigue...will have readers counting the days to the final volume."-The Bulletin

"An absolute page-turner."--Publishers Weekly

"Compelling. . . . Sanderson uses plot twists that he teases enough for readers to pick up on to distract from the more dramatic reveals he has in store."--The A.V. Club



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Random House, Inc.

Pre-order the sequel--Firefight--today!

Brandon Sanderson, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Words of Radiance, coauthor of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, and creator of the internationally bestselling Mistborn Trilogy, presentsSteelheart, the first book in the Reckoners series, an action-packed thrill ride that will leave readers breathless.
How far would you go for revenge if someone killed your father?
If someone destroyed your city?
If everything you ever loved was taken from you?
David Charleston will go to any lengths to stop Steelheart. But to exact revenge in Steelheart's world, David will need the Reckoners--a shadowy group of rebels bent on maintaining justice.
And it turns out that the Reckoners might just need David too.
Look for book two in the Reckoners series, Firefight, available in 2015.

"A tense, fast-paced adventure. Brandon Sanderson is one of the best fantasy sci-fi writers working today."-Christopher Paolini, author of theNew York Times and USA Today bestseller Eragon

"Fantastic! The suspense is relentless and the climax explosive." --James Dashner,New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series

"Steelheart is another win for Sanderson, proving that he's not a brilliant writer of epic fantasy, he's simply a brilliant writer. Period." --Patrick Rothfuss, author of theNew York Times and USA Today bestseller The Name of the Wind

[STAR] "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...leaves them panting for the sequel."--Booklist, Starred

"The near-constant action, Sanderson's whiz-bang imaginings, and a fully realized sense of dangerā€¦ make this an absolute page-turner."--Publishers Weekly

"Perfect for genre fans who love exciting adventure stories with surprising plot twists."--School Library Journal

"A straight-up Marvel Comics-style action drama."--Kirkus Reviews



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