They told David it was impossible – that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet, Steelheart – invincible, immortal, unconquerable – is dead. And he died by David’s hand. Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life more simple. Instead, it only made David realise he has questions. Big ones. And there’s no one in Newcago who can give him the answers he needs.
Babylon Restored, the old borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though. Ruled by the mysterious High Epic, Regalia, David is sure Babylon Restored will lead him to what he needs to find. And while entering another city oppressed by a High Epic despot is a gamble, David’s willing to risk it. Because killing Steelheart left a hole in David’s heart. A hole where his thirst for vengeance once lived. Somehow, he filled that hole with another Epic – Firefight. And he’s willing to go on a quest darker, and more dangerous even, than the fight against Steelheart to find her, and to get his answers.
As you may have guessed from the successive posting of reviews for the first book Steelheart and the novella Mitiosis I moved on to Firefight straight after finishing those two, which made for a great experience, 🙂 but I now have a long wait for the final book. 🙁
If you’ve not read either then
David is now known as Steelslayer, the Reckoner who killed an epic, but is that who he really is, and what does he do now, when the only thing his life was focused on has been achieved, especially when he’s starting to think just killing the Epics may not be the best way forward.
This is slight change of heart (because David still kills Epics) is down to Prof, the Reckoner’s leader, and Conflux (an Epic they kidnapped/saved from Steelheart’s ranks) both being Epics, Epics that David believes proves what his dad believed, that heroes will step forward if given the chance. This puts him at odds with his team.
Put this pales to the trouble that his relationship with Megan, former Reckoner, believed to be a traitor, and is also the high Epic, Firefight. You see David is in love with her believes in her and may have go against the team to prove it.
Emotionally this gives a different feel to the book compared with Steelheart, a few extra layers compared to the mission of book one. That doesn’t mean there is any less action though, heck no. The book explodes into life early on, and the pace doesn’t often drop as we head towards the climax, because despite their differences, the Reckoners must work together to save Babylon Restored from the machinations of Regalia and Obliteration.
I said this after posting my review of Steelheart:
Brandon Sanderson starts to move in to favourite author territory with the first book in his Reckoners series: http://t.co/FQPjYUtL2c
— Darren Owens (@bartsbooks) February 12, 2015
I now can say that after finishing Firefight, Sanderson is now firmly entrenched among my list of favourite authors, whose every book I want to read. And I can’t wait for the next one in this series.
Buy: Firefight by Brandon Sanderson
Now I know, many of you love Sanderson’s books, as I have seen him come up a few times over the years in my feed reader, which of his books/series should I start on next? (I’ve also read and loved, The Rithmatist).