Brandon Sanderson's Steelheart cover and blurb

Monday, January 7, 2013


Entertainement Weekly revealed the cover and blurb for Brandon Sanderson first book in a new trilogy set in a dystopian world that will be released in September 2013.  The cover art for Steelheart is quite interesting, right up my alley, and it comes with the blurb:

There are no heroes.
 
Every single person who manifested powers—we call them Epics—turned out to be evil.
 
Here, in the city once known as Chicago, an extraordinarily powerful Epic declared himself Emperor. Steelheart has the strength of ten men and can control the elements. It is said no bullet can harm him, no sword can split his skin, no explosion can burn him. He is invincible.
 
It has been ten years. We live our lives as best we can. Nobody fights back . . . nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans who spend their lives studying powerful Epics, finding their weaknesses, then assassinating them.
 
My name is David Charleston. I’m not one of the Reckoners, but I intend to join them. I have something they need. Something precious, something incredible. Not an object, but an experience. I know his secret.
 
I’ve seen Steelheart bleed.

5 comments:

Sabrina A. Fish said...

Brandon Sanderson is my fave author and the reason I decided to pull up my big girl panties and start my first novel.
He is an excellent writer. I can't wait for this one to come out. It sounds awesome!

Jamie Gibbs said...

I love the sound of it. I've so far only read The Way of Kings (Part One) but Sanderson's writing is great. I can't wait to see this one :)

Jamie

tomlloyd said...

can't help but think that sounds rather similar to Mistborn. While I'm all for having a favourite theme, reusing a concept like that seems odd.

Phil said...

@Tom: Epics vs Mistborns? You're right, they feel somewhat similar, and it's set in a dystopian world but the real world setting and the heroes being powerless seems like enough of a change...

tomlloyd said...

Yeah the the 'ruler is invincible and we're all so beaten down no one tries to fight back' vibe makes me think he's got a set tone to work off. But that it's something that nags at me doesn't mean the book will be bad or invalid. Name of the Wind kept reminding me of Harry Potter after all, but that's still a long way from considering it a clone or anything.

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