Steelheart/Wrath of Lions (QR)

Posted: November 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

Steelheart

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I think I have already stated my undying love for anything gritty, dark and depressing, so you can imagine my happiness when I discovered the amazing Brandon Sanderson had created a super hero’s story grittier than Nolan’s Batman. One of my favorite authors writing about gritty, psychotic superheroes who aim to conquer the world. How on earth could I resist?

Steelheart tells us the story of David Charleston, an 18 years old young man who witnessed how Steelheart, a superhero (called Epics) he admired, murdered his father many years before. Since then his aim in life has been to study all living epics, trying to find their weaknesses. But when he gets clumsily recruited into a group of humans known as the Reckoners who are trying to take these Epics down, David must decide whether his desire for vengeance outweighs the risk the entire group will take for his actions.

Steelheart is a story which can be considered fresh and full of likeable characters who will entrap you and win your affection from the moment they are introduced. Brandon Sanderson questions the morality behind the main character’s action, and, more importantly, the reasons that drive him. Therefore, the novel goes beyond a simple struggle between evil and goodness, becoming a mature narrative full of ethical dilemmas.

The main weak point of this novel is that the main characters feel like a modern version of Mistborn’s , and, since Mistborn is probably one of my favorite books of all time, I couldn’t stop making comparison between Vin and David through the novel (and let’s face it, David is a great main character but Vin is ten times more charismatic), the Reckoners also remind us of to Kessler’s little co-conspirators and Steelheart’s little speech at the end of the book is quite similar to that of the emperor’s.

Final Score: 8/10

A solid book which will give you hours of enjoyment, but if you have already read Mistborn you may find too many similarities between both of them.

Wrath of Lions

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Not even a decent sized picture on the internet, what does that tell you?

Spoilers of Dawn of Swords ahead:

The second installment of the Breaking World Series, Wrath of Lions, picks the story right where its predecessor left off. Dezrel has sunk into chaos as both gods war against each other, Karak being determined to destroy his brother’s creations in order to finally create the perfect world he craves for. At the same time, it is the mortals those who are suffering the violence of the fratricidal fight and some of them are starting to believe the world would be a better place without its deities.

Dawn of Swords can’t be considered a master piece, that is true, but it is an entertaining book which contains some original elements that you may enjoy. Now picture that without the enjoyment part. Wrath of Lions is a book that aspires to become Game of Thrones, trying to be shocking by killing as many main characters as the authors can before the editor sais “ok, cut the crap and give me a child cuddling a puppy”.. Oh, wait, it is self-edited, that means the child and the puppy also die.

Let’s be honest, the reason why Wrath of Lions isn’t Game of Thrones is because the former is an excuse to kill as many main characters as possible, adapting the narrative to that principle and, quite frankly, introducing so many characters that by the end of the book each character has gotten only three chapters, meaning we don’t know them enough as to care about them.They don’t have enough space to develop and, therefore, their personalities are simple and their actions are highly predictable. Even those characters that were enjoyable on the first book become a nuisance in Wrath of Lions

The development of the story feels forced, just a series of events which come together because the author needs them too. As a result the book not only lacks fluidity but it also lacks common sense at some points.

Final Score: 2/10

I was not about to give this book a lower grade than I gave to Fireblood (still rambling about that one, yes) but Clash of Lions was a difficult and. Sometimes, irritating, book to read.

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