Firefight by Brandon Sanderson

Book: Firefight by Brandon Sanderson
Series: The Reckoners #2
Pages: 416
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Date Published: January 6th, 2015
Source: Library
Date Started: January 20th, 2015
Date Finished: March 1st, 2015
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From the #1 “New York Times” bestselling author of Words of Radiance coauthor of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and creator of the internationally bestselling Mistborn Trilogy, Brandon Sanderson presents the second book in the Reckoners series: Firefight, the sequel to the #1 bestseller Steelheart.

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 more simple. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And there’s no one in Newcago who can give him the answers he needs.

Babylon Restored, the old borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though. Ruled by the mysterious High Epic, Regalia, David is sure Babylon Restored will lead him to what he needs to find. And while entering another city oppressed by a High Epic despot is a gamble, David’s willing to risk it. 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 he’s willing to go on a quest darker, and more dangerous even, than the fight against Steelheart to find her, and to get his answers.

 


If you haven’t read Steelheart yet, I recommend you go do that first before reading Firefight. If you have, enjoy this review.

Steelheart was one of my favorite books of 2013. I was sucked into it. It was one of the first books that I read when I was really starting to get back into reading after graduating from college. I loved the book because it was about anti-superheroes. The real heroes are the everyday humans. It had so much action, so many twists and turns. I was eagerly awaiting the next book as soon as I finished it.

But then a funny thing happened. I kept putting it off. I started it right away, and then I put it down right away. I really don’t understand what happened between me and this book. It was one of my most anticipated reads and ended up being a book that I kept dragging along. I ended up even returning the book to the library and having to wait a while before I could check it out again.

So what happened? I wasn’t as sucked into the book as I thought that I would be. I think I’ve been in this major book slump since the beginning of February and I think it has something to do with the type of books I’ve been reading lately. But thats another conversation saved for later. Its a shame because when January ended, I had read way more books than I needed to for my goodreads challenge.

Don’t get me wrong, I thought that the book was great, but I wished that it had sucked me in like it did the first time. There was a lot of action, and that alone is enough to usually keep me hooked. What I think what went wrong for me was the lack of answers. In this book, David is really questioning the epics. He thought that he understood them, but after getting to know a few of them, it turns out he still has as much to learn as anybody else. There is this greater conspiracy working in the background and it still hasn’t really come into the spotlight. The book kept tiptoeing around it but would never really walk through the door. There was also this scene that left me utterly confused at the end. I won’t explain it because spoilers, guys. It was a cool concept but I didn’t understand why it happened or what the significance was. I feel like there was so much hidden away in the dark and Sanderson is just waiting for this big giant reveal for the final book, Calamity. Thats all fine and dandy, but I think I would have liked to learn a little bit more about the whole situation so that I could really feel that the story was developing.

Another thing that I questioned a bit was the title of the book. This book is called Firefight, and you would assume that the big epic being battled is Firefight, right? I felt like that wasn’t the case at all. Firefight was in there, but wasn’t the main focus of the story. I felt like the book should have been called Regalia, the epic that the reckoners are actually fighting in this book. I learned more about Regalia than I did Firefight. Which was cool, because one of the parts of the book that I really liked is learning about new epics. The setting of the book was also surrounded around Regalia, as well. The reckoners went to her city Babylon Restored (New York City) which was flooded with water, her main power. So why wasn’t this book called Regalia?

I felt like the end was a little rushed, but I am still intrigued as to what Calamity is and the whole conspiracy revolving around the epics. The romance didn’t take the pilot seat, but it did become more prominent, and I feel like it might take over the story in the next book. This wasn’t as strong of a sequel to Steelheart as I hoped it would be, but it was still enjoyable. I would recommend this book to people who are fans of superheroes and/or high paced action.

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