Review: Firefight by Brandon Sanderson

Review: Firefight by Brandon SandersonFirefight (Reckoners, #2) by Brandon Sanderson
Series: Reckoners #2
Published by Delacorte Press on January 6th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Pages: 416
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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 old 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.


My name is David Charleston.
I kill people with super powers.

What a fun return to this universe! I just wanted to give David a huge hug. The Reckoners are still going after Epics and it’s a action-packed fueled adventure. This time in a new town, with a few new Reckoners and a few new bad guy Epics.

I loved Babylon Restored, the underwater Manhattan that’s ruled by the mysterious High Epic, Regalia. It totally had a different vibe compared to Newcago, with it’s more relaxed ocean feel. But what was still the same was definitely all the awesome action! There’s a few new bad guys (and maybe good guys!?) with some pretty crazy powers which resulted in a lot of epic battles that always kept you on your toes. I liked that Regalia is a bit manipulative and that things were not always what it seems. I also really enjoyed Mizzy, one of the Babylon Restored Reckoners. She’s a bit awkward and cute, like David.

I love the kind-hearted and awkward David so much! If possible, I think his metaphors have gotten even worst (aka. even better and more hilarious)!

“Don’t do anything stupid.’
‘Don’t worry,’ I whispered over the line, ‘I’m an expert on stupid.’
‘Like, I can spot stupidity, because I know it so well. The way an exterminator knows bugs really well, and can spot where they’ve been? I’m like that. A stupidinator.’
‘Never say that word again,’ Prof said.”

Sometimes I feel like he’s a bit naive with his rose-tinted glasses on the world buuut his heart is in the right place and sometimes you need a hero like that in your life.

I also like the development of Megan! Her character is a perfect example of how the world is never just black and white and it kind of forces David is shake up his viewpoints a bit on Epics. I seriously adored their relationship. Can we talk about how cute it is seeing David attempt to flirt with Megan (and the fact that Megan also crushes on David?)!

I needed to say something. Something romantic! Something to sweep her off her feet.

“You’re like a potato!” I shouted after her. “In a minefield.”

Firefight was definitely a great addition to the series as destroying Epics became more than just revenge for David. It brings about the the moral question of does the end justify the means and I like the line between “bad guys” and “good guys” isn’t always so obvious. I look forward to seeing how all of this plays out in the next book and I hope David becomes an even better hero.

And (more) QUOTES; because this book is too amazing to not have a bunch!

As she’d left, I’d glanced at her 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.


“I’m going to destroy you, little man!” Sourcefield yelled after me. “I’ll rip you apart like a piece of tissue paper in a hurricane!”
“Wow,” I said, reaching an intersection and taking cover by an old mailbox.
“What?” Tia asked.
“That was a really good metaphor.”


Stupid water, ruining my enjoyment of swimming.

About Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson was born in 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a child Brandon enjoyed reading, but he lost interest in the types of titles often suggested to him, and by junior high he never cracked a book if he could help it. This changed when an eighth grade teacher gave him Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly.

The only author to make the short list for the David Gemmell Legend Award six times in four years, Brandon won that award in 2011 for The Way of Kings. The Emperor’s Soul won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novella. He has appeared on the New York Times Best-Seller List multiple times, with five novels hitting the #1 spot.

Currently living in Utah with his wife and children, Brandon teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University.


Author: Cyn

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16 Replies to “Review: Firefight by Brandon Sanderson”

  1. XD oh wow lots of interesting quotes. I’ve been meaning to read this series forever. My husband read it and kind of enjoyed it. Wonder what book he got to >.> anyway, glad you liking it. His writing is really good, isn’t it?

    1. It’s a pretty hilarious and action-packed book! I definitely enjoy Sanderson’s writing! Hope you enjoy it if you pick it up!

  2. I had so much fun with this story Cyn. I loved the cities and powers but most of all the characters particularly David.

    1. Yes, the characters are the best! Glad you enjoyed this, too!

  3. Sounds like a lot of people enjoyed this one, glad you did as well. Maybe I should check it out? I’ve been meaning to try this author for a while now.

    Great review and I hope you have a wonderful weekend! 😀

    1. It’s definitely worth checking out, both books have been a ton of fun so far! Thanks!

  4. Glad this was a great addition to the series and you enjoyed it so much! Great review!

    1. Thanks, Grace! It was a fun read!

  5. I keep meaning to read anything by this man, and I still haven’t ‘done so.

    1. I’ve been meaning to check more of his stuff! He has so many great books!

  6. I loved this book! David and his metaphors always brought a smile to my face. I wanted to highlight half the book when I read it. Great review!

    1. The metaphors totally cracked me up! I’m glad there was more in this books! Thanks, Carole!

  7. Hmmm, I feel like I have one of these books… it’s blue… Steelheart? Something like that? I won it in a giveaway but never read it (I wanted the swag from the giveaway, LOL). But I do love fantasy and science fiction! It’s always interesting to see authors play with the notion of good guys/bad guys. C.J. Redwine does that well. I’m glad you enjoyed this one, Cyn!

    Wonderful review! Have a lovely weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. Yup, Steelheart is the first book! You should definitely check it out, Alyssa!

  8. I *adore* this series! Great review, Cyn. I think the only semi-complaint I had about this one was no Cody. =( He’s one of my favorites, but there were definitely enough characters running around as is. Did you read the novella Mitosis? There were some epically terrible David metaphors in that one. XD

    1. I was sad that the whole gang wasn’t there, too! I still need to read the novella, but I’m always happy to hear there’s more bad metaphors to be had!

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