Firefight (The Reckoners)

Brandon Sanderson
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 former 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.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2017-12-07
Why is it overrrrr. I should have learned from Mistborn not to start a Sanderson series if I couldn't handle binging it. Well. I binge read Steelheart, Mistosis, and Firefight and now I am upset I don't have more. Sigh.
Anyway. Firefight was great! I love how different it was and how things really evolved from the first book without me feeling like things are TOO different as I so often do with a seized book in a series.
The range of emotions totally got amped up a notch too. Some serious shipping, exciting action, great plotting, and yes -- so many more questions that I neeeeeed answered. *looks around* *waits impatiently*

Full review as originally posted on The Book Addict's Guide: Well, Brandon Sanderson, you did it again. I start a series, I binge read everything. Except unlike when I started Mistborn, I have no where else to go from here. FIREFIGHT just came out January… and I think I’ll be waiting another YEAR for CALAMITY (but then again, I guess I can always read more Sanderson books in between that time, right? RIGHT). Anyway — my point is that I just ended up loving these books so much that once I started, I couldn’t stop!!

FIREFIGHT was a special kind of book to me because so many big bullet points about it about it SHOULD have made it fall into the “second book in a series syndrome” category but it definitely did NOT. AND I REJOICED! This really made the book even more magical. I realized it while I was reading but once I finished, it dawned on me that not only was this book great in general, but Brandon Sanderson managed to turn things that I usually don’t get along with into things that I ended up loving and appreciating. I guess it really, truly does depend on the book and how it’s put together!

But that realization aside, FIREFIGHT was already awesome. The action and intensity definitely increased a notch but the same characters and overall goals were there. FIREFIGHT actually takes place halfway across the country from STEELHEART and that actually didn’t bother me like it usually does. The plot felt gracefully carried over and ultimately connected so the change in scenery was actually welcome and interesting instead of foreign. It opened up a new part of this altered world to me and I loved discovering it alongside David. (He’s also a great tour guide to follow!) Even though Steelheart has been eliminated, there are always more Epics to stop so the action definitely doesn’t stop with Steelheart’s defeat. In fact, things continue to escalate and as the characters come to know more about each Epic as well as their abilities, the plot continues to thicken!

We meet a new cast of characters to accompany some familiar faces like David and Prof. I usually have a hard time getting to know a bunch of new characters later in a series simply because I’ve become attached to the original ones, but I actually really liked the newbies too! I don’t think I connected to them AS much but I always felt like their presence was vital to the story and it was interesting to see a different string of Reckoners!

In true Sanderson form, of course there are some GREAT SURPRISES. They kill me but oh, how I love them. As you can see from my status updates below, some of them really caught me off guard and some of them absolutely terrified me but all of that really just enhanced my reading experience. Once again, I was afraid of ugly sobbing in my car as I listened to the audiobook, but that’s just a sign of a really great connection to the book so I always take that as a win! I really become attached to these characters and after I finished the book, I was already missing this crew and that feeling I had as I was reading.

FIREFIGHT just continued another great series from Brandon Sanderson and I will constantly be awaiting his next book so I can quickly gobble it up and then feel full and hollow all at once! I’m so glad to have started this series and I’ll be anxiously awaiting CALAMITY to see what in the world will possibly happen next!

(And yes, Megan is noticeably absent from my review. I had to go find out what happened to her, where she went, and what everything means for her and David in this book so you will too! Trust me — it’s all worth it.)

AUDIOBOOK IMPRESSIONS

Thank you again to Audible for hooking me up with this audiobook to review! As always, MacLeod Andrews is flawless. I just LOVE his narration and GOSH, these books. I mean, between Sanderson and his narration, I just FEEL all the feels, you know? These aren’t even crying books but somehow I sobbed at both. A huge bravo and I highly recommend his narrations!
Reviewed: 2017-05-19

Firefight is the second book in the Reckoners series and the sequel to Steelheart. David has acquired the nickname "Steelslayer" after the death of Steelheart. David and the Reckoners continue to hunt down and kill Epics in Newcago until Prof tells him that they are off to the city that had once been New York now called Babilar in order to kill the Epic controlling the city named Regalia who is able to control water.  While in Babilar, David again makes contact with Megan and struggles to defend her to the other Reckoners, but David is convinced that she is not the evil Epic that they think she is.  Also, Tia and David continue to look for weaknesses of the Epics and what connection they may have.  

This second book in the series is as good as the first.  Not only is it well written, but it asks very good thematic questions about bravery vs. fear and what really makes a hero.  A very good story that concludes in Calamity.

Reviewed: 2016-05-26
I didn't like this as much as I liked Steelheart, but that's not to say I didn't like it.

I did like it, in fact the ending was epic, twisty and pretty much blew my mind. Just like with Steelheart, I didn't see it coming either. The writing is superb and the imagination that came up with the backdrop that is New Babylon is genius.

I just struggled to get through the first three quarters of the book, it was kind of slow going for a while. It may be that I was just in a slump and didn't feel like reading, or it could have been the fact that I really loathe reading books on the overdrive app. It's so much better when there is a kindle book available for download. The app is too glitchy.

David is so likable as a mc, though...the things going on in that boys head really do crack me up.

"Megan looked at me and blushed. A blush looked good on her. of course, so would soup, mud, or elephant ear wax. Megan on a bad day outshined anyone else I'd ever known."


I'm not sure, but I think he might have it pretty bad for her. ;) Unfortunately, we didn't see Megan until the middle of the book and then only for a little bit at a time, I was beginning to wonder why it was called Firefight. I think Regalia would have been a better name for this book.
Reviewed: 2015-07-11

I really liked this book. I was kind of frustrated with book 1 (Steelheart) because there were way more questions than answers. This book gave us some answers, but there are still plenty of things to explore in the last of the trilogy. I enjoy the relationship between David and Megan, and I also liked the new character Mizzy.

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