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The #1 New York Times bestseller that James Dashner called “fantastic,” with “relentless” suspense and an “explosive” climax from 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. And don’t miss the rest of the Reckoners series: Firefight and Calamity!
Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary people extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics.
Epics are no friends of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man, you must crush his will.
Now, in what was once Chicago, an astonishingly powerful Epic named Steelheart has installed himself as emperor. Steelheart possesses the strength of ten men and can control the elements. It is said that no bullet can harm him, no sword can split his skin, and no fire can burn him. He is invincible. Nobody fights back . . . nobody but the Reckoners.
A shadowy group of ordinary humans, the Reckoners spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in.
When Steelheart came to Chicago, he killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David has been studying, and planning, and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.
He has seen Steelheart bleed.
And he wants revenge.

Praise for the Reckoners Series:


#1 New York Times Bestselling Series

“The suspense is relentless and the climax explosive.” —James Dashner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series

Another win for Sanderson . . . he’s simply a brilliant writer. Period.” —Patrick Rothfuss, author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller The Name of the Wind

Action-packed.” —EW.com

Compelling. . . . Sanderson uses plot twists that he teases enough for readers to pick up on to distract from the more dramatic reveals he has in store.” —The A.V. Club
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published on September 24, 2013 by Delacorte Press
ISBN-10: 0385743564
ISBN-13: 9780385743563
8 Book Reviews
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  • Kian ScottWednesday, February 20, 2019 at 10:47 am
    This book and the other in the Cosmeir are my favorite. This one is filled with action and mystery. The two best things a book can have. ;D
    • AnnynoumousThursday, October 18, 2018 at 4:26 pm
      I'll give it four stars, interesting plot, fulfilling character, but as many books I have read, you can see the plot coming. Besides that this is probably top 5 Sci-fi books I've read
      • penguinsarecool
        penguinsarecoolMonday, May 14, 2018 at 4:38 pm55 stars
        This was the best, It's an action packed, Exciting and sad at times. It gives you a lot to think about when you read, As well as giving you a wanting to read the next book, Firefight. I would save it for when you are above ten though. Anyways overall this is one of the best books ever.
        • palindrome
          palindromeWednesday, April 15, 2015 at 7:58 pm
          Steelheart is one of my favorite books, and one of the best books I've read. David is a funny, relatable, and brave character, and a great protagonist. I can't wait for Calamity, the third book in the series, to come out in Spring of 2016. I miss the Reckoners and David, and his amazingly awful metaphors (actually similes)!
          • braydencreekside
            braydencreeksideThursday, March 12, 2015 at 8:08 pm
            This was a really good book where david is in a city that is full of epics and he joins the reckoners who take down epics on a plan to destroy steelheart.
            • booklover39
              booklover39Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 3:40 pm
              THIS IS A MUST READ
              • BookloverSunday, September 28, 2014 at 3:05 pm
                Steelheart is one of the best books I have ever read which is saying a lot since I read tons and tons of books. It is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!
                • MadisonFriday, August 22, 2014 at 3:41 pm
                  I read Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. I thought this book was AMAZING!!! It was a great fantasy book, and since I love fantasy books it's no surprize that I loved this book too. Everything you thought about a person in this book turned out to be different then what you thought, and the book always kept me on my toes. I can't wait for the sequel! It comes out in the fall. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who's looking for a great action packed book with lots of twists.