SERIES: Reckoners #2
AUTHOR: Brandon Sanderson
NARRATOR: MacLeod Andrews
PUBLICATION DATE: January 6, 2015
PUBLISHER: Audible Studios
LENGTH: 11 hours 39 minutes
SOURCE: Review copy via Audible
RATING: 5 bows
Summary from Audible:
Brandon Sanderson, the number one New York Times best-selling author of Words of Radiance, co-author of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and creator of the internationally best-selling Mistborn Trilogy, presents the second book in the Reckoners series: Firefight, the sequel to the #1 best seller Steelheart. 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.
Oh whoa….that was intense. Steelheart was an interesting ride from start to finish, but this was more…better. This has none of that middle book syndrome that happens so often. Sanderson doesn’t just rest on his success of the first novel, he adds to it. He gives us new characters and new mysterious while still trying to solve the unsolved problems of Steelheart. Now I’ll admit that I missed some of book 1’s characters, but I fell for the new crew pretty quickly.
I know I shipped Megan and David a lot in book 1, but I REALLY shipped them in this installment.
Seriously, all the feels. David is so adorable and sweet. Megan is so badass and awesome. Together they just work so well. I just…they just…I just ship it a lot, k?
I really love Mizzy in this. She’s quirky and fun and almost like a female version of David. I am eternally grateful to Sanderson for not dragging us through the dreaded love triangle territory. It could easily have went down that road, but thankfully David’s feelings for Mizzy stay solidly in the platonic field. And Prof…poor Prof. He’s a hero and I hope it can remain that way. I can’t say much because SPOILERS, but let’s just say I’m very interested to say where Calamity goes.
Basically all you need to know is that if you like Steelheart, you’ll love this. Sanderson using the book answer a few more questions while introducing a truckload more and still moving the story forward. I highly enjoyed it and I want more.
It’s MacLeod Andrews! Seriously, if you don’t know how amazing he is by now, you really need to remedy that. He’s hands-down, my favorite narrator and I’ve listened to a A LOT of audiobooks. Enough said.
****Thank you to Esther Bochner at Audible for providing me with an audio copy in exchange for an honest review****
One of my co-workers just recommended I read Brandon Sanderson yesterday. I’ll have to check out his work!