My reaction when Brandon Sanderson releases a new novel.
Sparks! This book is amazing! I took my time when it came to reading this book because I did not want to leave the world of Epics nor the Reckoners no matter what the ending might reveal. The previous book Firefight had my heart in it’s clutches as David and his companions figured out the secret to pushing back the darkness of the Epics when they use their powers. I’m so happy that David and Megan are a couple. Unlike other novels Brandon Sanderson has a unique way of giving the characters just a brush or romances without over saturating the novel with romantic lust, thus overpowering the compelling action adventure qualities of the storyline. Have no fear Calamity truly does have an overwhelming amount of action, suspense, thriller, murder, love gained and of course love lost. Even though David has spent a large amount of his time after killing Steelheart with the Reckoner team members, he seems to continue his unique ability of creating the ugliest if not confusing metaphors I have ever read. I want to hate David for his bad metaphors but I only feel that makes my heart love him more. I can’t help it David is the cutest-adorkable male character I ever fell in love with. The adorable nature of nerdy David is equally matched to the pure villainous nature of Prof submitting to his Epic powers. I am not even sure how to feel, while witnessing all the horrors that Prof has done under the influences of Calamity.
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The moment that Prof killed Tia I wanted the members of the Reckoners to just simply kill Prof. What made the situation worse was just moments before Tia was killed Megan was able to pull what would have been Tia and Prof’s daughter from another dimension just to help defend against Prof. I am not sure how to feel. The fact that Tia got a glimpse of what would have been her daughter? The fact that Prof so strongly argument how he doesn’t have a daughter? The worse in my eyes is the fact that Prof killed the person he loves the most and of course she knew he did it too. Heart wrenching plot twist Brandon Sanderson, heart wrenching
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Let’s talk about the fact that Megan is able to not only create shadows but to actually pull people from other versions if not other parallel dimensions of the world in which our current group of Reckoners are living today. That really made me question how far Megan’s ability can go, unfortunately the further she experiment with her Epic powers the more the darkness creeped inside her. David has to literally burn away the darkness in order to keep her sanity within the walls of humanity.
Sparks that truly sucks, like a rotten egg walking into a coffee shop. No serious it makes sense. If an rotten egg walked into a coffee shop everyone would wonder what smelled so bad. They would find the rotten egg in the coffee shop and know automatically that it didn’t belong there, which would just make the rotten egg stand out more, get it?
. . . I’ll just leave the bad metaphors to David then.
The moment that The Reckoners encounter Prof, who is by good nature an awesome strategist when he’s on a good nature but of course when Prof is being consumed by his Epic power he’s a down right villain. It takes all of Megan’s illusions, bring Megan’s upon Megan’s to her dimension to help avoid Prof detection. Of course this only makes Megan push herself to the breaking point as she’s about to see infinite of worlds. Unfortunately Prof stays true to his strategic leading Megan and David to a flame throwing trap. They fight to together since Abraham and Cody fought Prof earlier in the battle only to fall. As the battle continues Calamity is actually revealed.
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Are you kidding me Calamity? The identity this super lethal, super dangerous being that created all the problem is the spoil child like nature of the minor Epic Larcener. Larcener who is the picture protect example of a moody teenage boy. Are you serious? It’s not bad enough that Obliteration pulls David into a ISS, International Space Station, which was helpfully made of glass. Which is where the final battle between Calamity vs David finally take the battle.
With that David takes Calamity to a dimension in which his father lives but David dies creating a good nature version of Steelheart, that his father is. With that David is able to learn the real secrete of negativing the darkness away. David is able to see his father and know that his powers obtain the same way the same abilities of Epic powers.
Then after making Calamity face the fact that he is actually creating evil Epics with his own fear he just disappears.
What do you mean Calamity just fades away?
Are you kidding me?
Nope he just disappears.
Yep. Calamity crawls into the fetus position and just fades away. Then the novel continues with David obtaining Steelhearts power which was within him the entire time. A inter-dimensional reunion with his father and …
The realization that this entire time Obliteration is not a dark Epic, revealing that he faced his fears five years ago. Oh no, we get to know that Obliteration is by definition a murdering psychopath. Giving our newly developed David Steelheart two weeks to get himself into shape before destroying Toronto.
Honestly I love this novel but it’s safe to say this novel is more about a Father/Son bond than it is about anything else. For that I can understand the tune of the novel changing rapidly from what I thought was going to happen but it still left me saying, wow didn’t see that coming.
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This novel is definitely different form other Brandon Sanderson novels but I still enjoyed it throughly.
5 stars all around!