Review: Firefight (Reckoners #2) by Brandon Sanderson


5 out of 5 stars | Goodreads

I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

Oh Brandon Sanderson, you’ve done it again. After finally reading and absolutely loving Steelheart, I couldn’t wait to move onto Firefight, and luckily Gollancz were kind enough to send me a copy. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to get round to it as quickly as I’d hoped, hence why this review is a little late, but wow was it worth the wait.

From the get go I was just as mesmerised by this book as I was by the first. With Sanderson’s fluid writing and magnificent story-telling, not to mention David’s absolutely awful and hilarious metaphors – and who else but Sanderson could get away with writing like that? – I was whisked back to Newcago with the Reckoners.

The majority of this story actually takes place in Manhattan, or Babylon Restored as it is called by this point, and I have to say, for a post-apocalyptic city, it sounded pretty beautiful. Apart from the whole murderous ruling Epic thing… In Babylon Restored, the water levels have risen so much that the skyscrapers poke out of the water like islands. Glowing fruit mysteriously grows all over the place, giving it an ethereal jungle vibe. The descriptions of the city were so vivid in my mind, like an urban Pandora.

There were some fun new additions to the team, Mizzy especially. One of the youngest Reckoners, excitable and clumsy, she tries hard to fit in with the rest of the group. I wasn’t sure about Exel, it felt a little like Sanderson was creating a character to fill the shoes of Cody, who was left back in Newcago. However, it wasn’t just some great new characters, but also new techology – the spyril in particular. A sort of water-powered jetpack, I could perfectly imagine David weaving his way through the concrete jungle of New York with it – although at times it did remind me a little of Super Mario Sunshine

With some fantastic new Epics, such as Obliteration and Regalia, and a really dark and shocking ending, Firefight is an absolute blast of a book and a definite recommendation whether you’re a Brandon Sanderson fan, or have never read any of his work (although in that case make sure you read Steelheart first!). I CANNOT WAIT for Calamity – and this time I actually have to…

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11 thoughts on “Review: Firefight (Reckoners #2) by Brandon Sanderson”

  1. OH MY GOSH! That ending was SO killer, Calamity cannot come soon enough! Seriously it’s gonna rock! I didn’t like Firefight as much as Steelheart but it’s probably one of my favorite series though. ^^

  2. The spyril is totally like Super Mario Sunshine! I can’t believe I didn’t make that connection when I was reading it. I liked this one just as much Steelheart. There was only one problem I had though… no Cody and Abraham 😦

  3. I loved this book! Great review, made me enjoy it all over again. I was a little mixed about Mizzy, I thought she was a bit much at first. I think it’s hard to do a really good second book in a series, but this one was great.

  4. I never hear anything bad said about Sandersons’ work. I recently finished reading the second book in his Mistborn series and loved it – it’s good to know that his other series are just as good. I look forward to reading this series as well! πŸ™‚

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