“Sometimes, son,” my father said, prying my fingers free, “you have to help the heroes along.”

“Where there are villains, there will be heroes. Just wait. They will come.”


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.

Personal Experiences

This 3.5 book series (3 books and a short story) is like a Marvel movie...BUT BETTER! (And totally flipped around–the superheros are supervillans and the ordinary people become the superheros)

We are back with Brandon Sanderson, who in my experience knows how to write a good fantasy. But this is no fantasy novel, this is dystopian. AND LET ME MAKE IT CLEAR, BRANDON SANDERSON CAN WRITE DYSTOPIAN NOVELS. 

Also, before I begin – David Charleston (The main character) is horrible at many things, but one thing he sucks at is his metaphors…or similes. You will find out when you read the book 😉

I cannot explain the suspense the courage and the love [for the characters] Brandon gives you. He connects you to the character so so deep, and then he totally flips on you [completely changing EVERYTHING] making you practically SCREAM! 

It was said in another one of Brandon’s books (Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians – I think) that authors write books for one purpose and one purpose alone – to torture the readers. And I completely agree after reading this series. Plainly evident. 


“Never throw the first punch. If you have to throw the second, try to make sure they don’t get up for a third.”

“You can’t be so frightened of what might happen that you are unwilling to act.”

“We were like deaf people trying to dance to a beat we couldn’t hear, long after the music actually stopped.”

“I have a smoke grenade in my room,” I said.
“What?” Megan asked. “How?”
“I grew up working at a munitions plant,” I said. “We mostly made rifles and handguns, but we worked with other factories. I got to pick up the occasional goody from the QC reject pile.”
“A smoke grenade is a goody?” Cody asked.
I frowned. What did he mean? Of course it was. Who wouldn’t want a smoke grenade when offered one?”

“They looked so dangerous, like alligators. Really fast alligators wearing black. Ninja alligators. I decided not to use that one on Megan.”

“You’ve got passion to kill but you need to find passion to live.”

“It’s like a banana farm for guns!”

“Incredible cosmic powers do not equate with high IQ.”

“Whoa. Not too stiff,” Cody said. “Secure, strong, but calm. Like you’re caressing a beautiful woman, remember?”
That made me think of Megan.
I lost control, and a green wave of smoky energy burst from my hand and flew out in front of me. It missed the pipe completely, but vaporized the metal leg of the chair it sat on. Dust showered down and the chair went lopsided, dumping the pipe to the floor with a clang.
“Sparks,” Cody said. “Remind me to never let you caress me, lad.”

“I was ten,” I said. “Give me a little credit.”
“To a boy with aspirations like that, I would extend my respect—but not credit. Or life insurance.” Abraham sounded amused. “You are an interesting man, David Charleston, but you sound like you were an even more interesting child.”

“She can shoot like a dream and she carries tiny grenades in her top, a bit of my addled mind thought. I think I might be in love.”

“I’ve seen Steelheart bleed.
And I will see him bleed again.”

“He was right. I was letting myself get distracted, like a rabbit doing math problems instead of looking for foxes.”

“But even a ninety-year-old blind priest would stop and stare at this woman. If he weren’t blind, that is. Dumb metaphor, I thought. I’ll have to work on that one. I have trouble with metaphors.” 

“I trust you with their lives,’ Prof said, still writing, ‘and them with yours. Don’t betray that trust, son. Keep your impulses in check. Don’t just act because you can; act because it’s the right thing to do. If you keep that in mind, you’ll be all right.”

Where you can read about Steelheart Bleeding

Indie Bound*

*If you are unaware, I have a video on how to use Indie Bound as a resource on how to find books

Also, if you have a Windows Phone, there is a really good EPUB reader app called Bookviser Reader. You can check out their website here.


Happy Reading . . .

Cite this article as: Serene Haroon, "Steelheart (The Reckoners #1) by Brandon Sanderson," in {sereneharoon.com}, May 12, 2016, https://www.sereneharoon.com/2016/05/steelheart-the-reckoners-1-by-brandon-sanderson/.

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