Firefight (Reckoners #2) – Brandon Sanderson

Check out my review of the first novel, Steelheart


5 star

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction, Fantasy
Publisher: Gollancz

Babylon Restored, formerly Manhattan, may give David answers. 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.

Firefight widens the scope of the world Sanderson has created by introducing new Epics and an entirely new city, Bibilar. Firefight also deepens the characters themselves by subverting reader expectations and tackling questions of good vs. evil.

What I enjoyed most about Firefight was the directions the characters went and their eventual outcomes. This novel went into directions I wouldn’t have expected making Firefight an unexpected sequel.

In the first novel, Stealheart, I didn’t enjoy David as a character until the end of the novel because I found him annoying. Throughout Steelheart, David evolved and became a much more tolerable presence. This evolution continues throughout Firefight. He’s just as stubborn, brash, and idealistic, however he’s also more mature, levelheaded, and thoughtful about his actions. His interactions with the new characters are fun and exciting; yet offer more insight into David as a character and the world at large. 

Sanderson tackles the theme of good vs. evil by painting his once black and white world in gray. As David evolves, so does his worldviews and thought processes. In Firefight, David reacts to events and situations differently than he had in Steelheart. His evolution goes hand in hand with what Sanderson is trying to accomplish in making this world he has created grayer.

Overall, Firefight is a fantastic sequel to Steelheart that expands the world, mythologies within, and the characters. Firefight is action packed from start to finish and will keep your eyes glued to the pages.


Have you read Firefight? What did you think?
Isn’t Brandon Sanderson the best?

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