Let’s light a fire under Bryan and Robert’s behinds as they talk about the sequel to Steelheart! Check out their thoughts on Brandon Sanderson’s superhero sequel: Firefight.
Bryan’s quick summary:
David Charleston returns in Firefight, this time as the point man in Prof’s top Reckoner team, along with a new mission: to stop Regalia recruiting more high epics and taking over the world … at the expense of every human being.
Although David has already avenged his father’s death and dispatched Steelheart, it’s left him with a dilemma. Is his job with the Reckoners over, or has it only just begun?
But it seems he won’t have to make that decision, as Prof has made it for him. Join the clan and head to Babylon Restored with the team to take down the high epic, Regalia, or clear out and don’t bother the Reckoners again.
David, of course, is not a quitter.
Firefight is by Brandon Sanderson
So what did we think? (From a reader’s perspective)
1. (Robert) Sanderson ups the pace yet again (if possible) and gives us a neat new setting in Babylon Restored (a severely waterlogged – to the tune of 10s of storeys – Manhattan), with fairy lights an all. The Epic’s powers that were revealed in Steelheart are expanded and part-explained (Megan’s parallel universe summoning – minor spoiler) and as we follow David, we also uncover more information – our journey is his.
2. (Robert) The backstory is well woven in, and Calamity continues to be an unresolved object in the sky (a “sword of Damocles”), and we still don’t know exactly how this has all happened, or how an Epic acquires his or her powers.
3. (Robert) Fab last line! (We have work to do) Prof is on the loose and angry … loads of loose ends. Keep us hanging Sanderson, why not?!!
What did we think from a writer’s perspective?
1. (Robert) Nice transporting of imagery (the new watery setting); great plot points eg when prof says David was just bait, and David’s motivation is upped from book 1 (key to his arc, since now that he’s avenged his father, he needs new motivation. Very clever!).
2. (Robert) I like the way some of the plot twists were revealed with classic villainous moments and great muah huah huah scenes, eg ” … didn’t lure Jonathan here to kill him, child,” Regalia whispered from behind me. “I did it because I need a successor.””
3. (Robert) Some fun moments, eg. “My name is David Charleston. I kill people with super powers.” Princess Bride! This along with the “swearing” euphemisms eg sparks, schlontz make this a firmly tongue in cheek action-thriller, but not as silly as a Bond movie.
Bryan and Robert’s Famous Takeaways:
1. I (Robert) am predicting David will become a High Epic in book 3! (Which, if it had been available, I would have purchased immediately, as would my daughter, who came in to my bedroom requesting book 3. Great fun story, gotta be a movie one day!)
2. This book has some nice one liners eg (referring to a gun) “This time, when she’d pointed it at me, she’d flicked the safety on. If that wasn’t true love, I don’t know what was.”
3. I (Robert again) wish we’d had more Megan, she’s so bad-@$$!
Prompt of the Week:
You have just vanquished your biggest enemy … and now what? Your mentor drops a bombshell: your job has only just begun. What is your new mission and why are the stakes now so high?