Friday, November 8, 2013

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson + a Giveaway

Hi, everyone! It's Friday! And what a fabulous Friday it is, because I'm giving away a copy of Brandon Sanderson's Steelheart courtesy of the publisher. For a taste, head over to here and check out the prologue. It's ok, I'll be here when you're done :)

Holy crap this book is good! I feel like this has been such and awesomely excellent reading week, folks. I know not every book I pick up will be amazing but I've seriously had a string of fabulous ones lately and I hope it doesn't end anytime soon!

The first Epics appeared over a decade ago in the wake of the appearance of Calamity. David's own father always believed that this would bring about real superheroes, but the Epics have all proved to be out for their own good. Then David witnessed his father's death at the hands of Steelheart, the Epic who would go on to claim Chicago as his own personal kingdom, and became determined to see the man brought down. David was the only one to live through that day. Each of the Epics has a downfall and David is the only person who's come close to discovering Steelheart's. The only person who's ever seen Steelheart bleed. Now eighteen, David longs to join the Reckoners, a team of regular humans who have stepped up to fight the Epics.

Yeah, yeah. I know I'm late to the Brandon Sanderson bandwagon. This is the guy who was tapped to finish Robert Jordan's epic Wheel of Time series after all. He's been a busy, busy guy too. In addition to those big shoes to fill, Sanderson is the author of more than one series of his own, the recently released Rithamtist, and now Steelheart.

Given all of that, I did know that I was in for something amazing. I just didn't know how amazing it would be! I started Steelheart over lunch yesterday and read the first 87 pages. If I could have, I would have stayed right where I was until I turned the last page. Alas, real life was calling. That's ok though because I dove straight in after work ended again and this time did sit through to the final page!

In what can only be an homage to all the classic superhero stories out there, Steelheart begins with David's origin story (that's the prologue I linked above in case you missed it). The idea that Sanderson has basically turned the superhero trope on its head by making the humans themselves the superheroes is pretty fun. Also, because I didn't really read the synopsis before starting the book, the fact that the title character is the big baddie was something that I was not expecting! As I said, holy crap this book was good!

This is a wonderfully imagined and action filled start to a series, with book two due out next fall. I can't wait to get my hands on it!

And now for the giveaway. To enter to win, simply fill out the Rafflecopter below before November 25. US only and no PO boxes please.

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Unknown said...

It's cheesy, but Captain America is my favorite. He is so many things that I'm not but hope to be one day (even though I'm 39 now and that ship has sailed).

Diamond Cronen said...

My favorite is Black Widow! :)

Dana said...

My favorite superhero is Spiderman. Either that or the Ninja Turtles (Donnie FTW!).

traveler said...

My favorite hero is Batman. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Anne said...

Superman cause that's who I grew up with.