Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Firefight: By Brandon Sanderson



Newcago is free.

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 simpler. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And no one in Newcago can give him answers.

Babylon Restored, the city formerly known as the borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though. Ruled by the mysterious High Epic Regalia, Babylon Restored is flooded and miserable, but David is sure it's the path that will lead him to what he needs to find. Entering a city oppressed by a High Epic despot is risky, but David's willing to take the gamble. 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 now he will go on a quest darker and even more dangerous than the fight against Steelheart to find her, and to get his answers.


In my opinion Brandon Sanderson is one of the best fantasy writers of this generation.

Not only is he an incredibly prolific writer, producing multiple books, novellas, and short stories each year.

Not only does he write in a multitude of different genres and sub genres, including YA, Middle Grade, Science fiction, superhero based fantasy, dystopian based, and epic fantasy, as well as a host of other genres.

He also manages to write incredibly compelling books that manage to suck the reader in immediately, refusing to let them go until the very last page, whereupon it leaves an after shadow of curiosity gnawing upon their consciousness, wondering what will happen next to the characters, and constantly revisiting their favorite scenes.

Taking all of that in, Firefight is no exception.

Firefight is the second book in the Reckoner's Series, where there are super powered individuals in the world, but all of them are tainted and villainous, creating a world run by chaos and tyranny. Firefight starts up a few months after the events of the novella, Mitosis, and manages to offer up tons of action from the very first pages, starting in the middle of another Epic battle. But while Firefight does not skim in the action department, it does not focus on this to the exclusion of the story. In fact, Firefight instead focuses on the moral ramifications of these Epic killings, and the discovery of the origins and weaknesses of the Epics. Even more impressive is that Sanderson is able to focus on these intellectual issues without losing momentum in the story.

Now that said, readers should be aware that Firefight ends with an enormous cliffhanger that will leave readers impatiently awaiting the next installment in the series, Calamity. 

But if that isn't a sign of a great book, then I'm not really sure what is. 

All in all, I loved Firefight, and I can't wait for the next and last in the series. It's a quick read that anyone who is looking for action, adventure, and an interesting spin on superheroes would love. Overall highly recommended.


Published: January 6, 2015

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Price: $18.99

Link to Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Firefight-Reckoners-Novel-Brandon-Sanderson-ebook/dp/B00JNQMKSC/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1421810151&sr=1-1&keywords=firefight

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