Month: July 2017

Steelheart

How far would you go to get revenge on the man who murdered your father? Would you go as far as plotting to kill him yourself? David Charleston will stop at nothing to provide justice in this post-apocalyptic book, Steelheart, written by Brandon Sanderson. Published by Ember, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, this book is the first in a series called The Reckoners.
David was only eight years old when he watched an Epic called Steelheart callously murder his father. Epics have superhuman abilities; some are immortal, and others have regenerative powers. They are virtually impossible to stop and they want to take over the world. Everyone fears them.
David’s life goal is to one day kill Steelheart. He’s a particularly tyrannical Epic with the power to turn inanimate objects to steel. He is incredibly strong, and almost impenetrable to any weapon. Moments before he died, however; David’s father was able to injure him…and David is determined to find out how.
Ten years later, David is still as determined as ever to kill Steelheart. Now he has a plan, and it involves a group known as the Reckoners. This elite group of rebels are an extremist gang that kills Epics. David has collected information on almost every Epic in the world. He is convinced that because of his knowledge they’ll let him join them. They can help each other; the Reckoners with their tactics and David with his information, so he sets out to find them. But when he does, they’re not exactly what he imagined they’d be…
Sanderson writes amazing stories with detailed scenes and humorous quotes. His use of dialogue is pretty good; this book is told from first person perspective and it is very interesting to read David’s insight on everything happening. The story flowed very well, and is fairly easy to read.
I would recommend this book for 15+. It had some mature themes in it, and a few uses of mild profanity. It has an extremely well written storyline, and has good imagery. 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Heartless

I listened long to your story,
Listened but could not hear.
When you chose to walk that path so overgrown,
I remained alone with my fear.

Cold silence covers the distance,
Stretches from shore to shore.
I follow in my mind your far-off journeying,
But I will walk that path no more.

Beyond the final water falling,
The Songs of Spheres recalling,
We who were never bound are swiftly torn apart.
Won’t you return to me?

Heartless, written by Anne Elizabeth Stengl, is a beautiful story of magic, love, and forgiveness. It was published in 2017 by Bethany House Publishers and is the first book in the Tales of Goldstone Wood series. This fantasy book is sure to warm your heart as you follow the adventures of Una, princess of Parumvir.
Una has come of age, and now suitors will be allowed to pursue her hand. She is filled with romantic ideas and notions; handsome, dashing princes; love songs in the moonlight-those kinds of things. Unfortunately, that is not what is the case when her first prince comes. Prince Aethelbald of Farthestshore is as ordinary a man as could be (from her point of view, anyway). And Farthestshore is a mysterious fairy kingdom that is remembered only in ancient legends and the memories of the elders of Parumvir. Una wants absolutely nothing to do with him. However, Prince Aethelbald professes his love for her, refuses to leave Parumvir, and brings whispered tidings of danger. A Dragon is rumored to be roaming the countryside, ravaging kingdoms and destroying homes. Also, Prince Aethelbald knows something more. The Dragon’s mind is set on Princess Una. And he’s coming to Parumvir.
Una’s father, King Fidel, refuses to heed Aethelbald’s warning, and Princess Una spurns his love for the love of a more charming prince. When the dragon comes, there will be nothing to stop him. Una is alone. Will her charming prince remember her and come to her aid, or is he a false lover? Will she ever discover who her true Prince is? Or does she already know?
Stengl writes with a good amount of detail and description. The story flowed well; there were no particularly slow spots although it did move more quickly near the end. This book is a fairly easy read, and I would highly recommend it for girls (and maybe even boys?) ages 12+. A wonderful, heart-warming read, with excellent morals and virtuous themes. 4 out of 5 stars.

I listened long to your story,
Listened but could not hear.
When you chose to walk that path so overgrown,
I remained alone with my fear.

Cold silence covers the distance,
Stretches from shore to shore.
I follow in my mind your far-off journeying,
But I will walk that path no more.

Beyond the final water falling,
The Songs of Spheres recalling,
We who were never bound are swiftly torn apart.
Won’t you return to me?

Poem taken from Heartless, written by Anne Elizabeth Stengl, published in 2010 by Bethany House Publishers