Book Review: Steelheart (Reckoners #1) by Brandon Sanderson

My review today is for Steelheart (Reckoners Book 1) by Brandon Sanderson.

Ever since I read The Stormlight Archive series first two books, Brandon Sanderson has become one of my favorite authors. I am now on a mission to read everything he has written. That led me to this book. I was apprehensive about reading this YA book. I like my books dark for the most part. The book description didn’t ease my fears any. It did not really sound like my kind of book, but it is Brandon Sanderson so I have to read it, Right? I am very glad I did! The author proves to me once again that everything he writes is fantastic, and I should not worry about it being YA or the book description not sounding like (my kind of book).

The book follows David who is after revenge for his fathers death at the hands of Steelheart a powerful Epic (superpowered villain). He runs across the Reckoners a group fighting back against the tyranny of the Epic’s. Can they work together to achieve David’s credo?

“I’ve seen Steelheart bleed.

And I will see him bleed again.”

I ended up really liking this book. Right out of the gate I was invested in the characters and the story. The author has a way of drawing you into the book, almost like you are in the book yourself. Like all Brandon Sanderson books it has an amazing magic system or in this case superpowers. The worldbuilding is another specialty and you truly get a sense of what it is like to be in this world ruled by the Epic’s. Mr. Sanderson is nothing short of an outstanding writer. Overall this is another fantastic Brandon Sanderson book. You really can’t go wrong with anything he writes.

As you know if you have read my reviews before I am not about long reviews with synopsis and spoilers. I just give my opinion on my experience with this book and you can take it from there. Now on to the next book.


This book is out NOW! So go grab a copy!


About the book:


Steelheart (Reckoners Book 1) by Brandon Sanderson

  • Series: The Reckoners
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Ember; Reprint edition (September 23, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385743572
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385743570

The #1 New York Times bestseller that James Dashner called “fantastic,” with “relentless” suspense and an “explosive” climax. And don’t miss the rest of the Reckoners series, including Firefight—now a #1 New York Times bestseller—and Calamity, coming soon!

Brandon Sanderson, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Words of Radiance, coauthor of Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series, and creator of the internationally bestselling Mistborn trilogy, presents Steelheart, 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 now.


About the author:


January 2015 marks the release of Firefight , the sequel to Steelheart . When only evil people gain super powers and become tyrants, it’s up to normal people to hunt them down. There is a free 5-chapter preview ebook of Steelheart that you should check out, with a corresponding sampler audiobook on Audible. The Firefight book tour in the US lasts throughout January.

Recent short releases are Legion: Skin Deep (sequel to Legion ), the further investigations of an average man whose many hallucinations are all experts in their own fields, and also my novella Sixth of the Dusk , set in the same universe as Mistborn and Stormlight, revolving around an attack on an island trapper’s way of life. It is also available in Shadows Beneath: The Writing Excuses Anthology .

Brandon Sanderson was born in 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a child Brandon enjoyed reading, but he lost interest in the types of titles often suggested to him, and by junior high he never cracked a book if he could help it. This changed when an eighth grade teacher gave him Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly.

Brandon was working on his thirteenth novel when Moshe Feder at Tor Books bought the sixth he had written. Tor has published Elantris , the Mistborn trilogy and its followup The Alloy of Law , Warbreaker , and The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance , the first two in the planned ten-volume series The Stormlight Archive. He was chosen to complete Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series; 2009’s The Gathering Storm and 2010’sTowers of Midnight were followed by the final book in the series, A Memory of Light , in January 2013. Four books in his middle-grade Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians series were released by Scholastic, and his novella Infinity Blade Awakening was an ebook bestseller for Epic Games accompanying their acclaimedInfinity Blade iOS video game series. Two more novellas, Legion and The Emperor s Soul , were released by Subterranean Press and Tachyon Publications in 2012, and 2013 brings two young adult novels, The Rithmatist from Tor and Steelheart from Delacorte.

The only author to make the short list for the David Gemmell Legend Award six times in four years, Brandon won that award in 2011 for The Way of Kings. The Emperor’s Soul won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novella. He has appeared on the New York Times Best-Seller List multiple times, with five novels hitting the #1 spot.

Currently living in Utah with his wife and children, Brandon teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University.

Sample chapters from all of my books are available at — and check out the rest of my site for chapter-by-chapter annotations, deleted scenes, and more.


  1. I like to spend an hour or two just browsing books at Barnes & Noble every once in a while. Get a cup of coffee, pick up a few books that interest me, and read the first few chapters. I call it my bibliotherapy session. The last time was last week and I read the first chapter of this book and absolutely added it to my To Read list.

    I had known about its existence for a while, but was reluctant because it was YA. But I have come to realize that there are a lot of great YA books, and I should not discriminate.

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