Friday, 19 February 2016

Review: Firefight by Brandon Sanderson

Written by: Brandon Sanderson
Published by: Gollancz
Edition: Paperback
Pages: 416
Purchase from: Amazon  |  Book Depository

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 more questions. Big ones. And there's no one in Newcago who can give him the answers he needs.
Babylon Restored, the former 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.
Entering another city oppressed by a High Epic despot is a gamble but 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.

After reading Steelheart, I fell madly in love with everything and anything that was involved in this story. It rose to the top of my favourite series list and settled itself with, my opinion of, the all time greats. So you can probably guess the levels of excitement, I had when it came to reading the second instalment, Firefight. Though I cannot lie that it took a long time coming in terms of reading this story, but that was mainly down to the fact that I could not kick my reading slump, where it needed to kicked, so everything was pushed back. Yet, when the crappiest of days spurred me into buying this novel, I was overjoyed with the fact that I could feel my excitement to read building and when I finally got my hands on it, the momentum just kept going, spurring me on to finish the entire story in just one day. It was that brilliant. With my reading slump vanquished and my love of reading restored I knew just what I had to do next and that was too review this novel.
“I mixed with ordinary people about the same way that a bucket of paint mixed with a bag of gerbils.”
Firefight picks off after the first book and the novella, Mitosis, living in Newcago has changed dramatically without Epics to rule over them and Reckoners to protect them it is almost as though Calamity never happened. David is idolised by the people, the story of him killing Steelheart has spread like wildfire, everywhere he goes people either respect him or are scared of him. But David feels lost and confused due to him completely his revenge he is left wondering what he is to do know. Firefight is him discovering his new purpose and putting the pieces together of an even bigger war. 
“You can’t immerse yourself in something,” Prof said softly, “without coming to respect it.”
If you've read Steelheart and are wondering if any of the characters have become any less brilliant, the answer is a resounding no. They are still perfect and if anything the characters, new and old, have developed immensely whilst still being the very thing that drew you in within the first story. As always with Brandon Sanderson, there is always hidden gems that sparkle between the pages, David for me just happens to be one of them. He is still vividly sarcastic with his cute little obsession with metaphors, but he has this new sort of maturity that just adds that little something. But as well as David, I also fell in love with Mizzy in this story. As a newcomer to the story she had a lot to live up, like all the new characters, and she did not disappoint. She was just a big bundle of positivity that really lightened up the pages. 
“We want what we can’t have, even when we have no right to demand it.”
In conclusion, the expectations that I had with this novel was extremely high and Firefight really did not disappoint. It not only lived up to the expectations but smashed right through them. As much as I want to delve into the legendary narrative that surrounds this story, I can't because otherwise I would not be able to stop. So just know that, the story itself was just as intense, just as impeccable as its predecessors and the characters defied their formidable personalities by becoming even more awesome. Seriously this series just captivates me and I am counting down the days until I can read Calamity, and witness just how this epicness, that this narrative holds, can grow once again. 

Firefight (Reckoners, #2)