It’s about time! I am an eager Sanderson fan. I think he’s one of the best writers working today, prolific without a fault, and one of the nicest people a fantasy fan can ever meet. He is also one of the best storytellers, filled with so many stories that he often doesn’t have time to write them. It explains the diversity in the novels he has written.
Steelheart is one such novel. It is a young adult novel and, like any great young adult novel, it has very adult themes.
Here is a bit more about it:
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mistborn trilogy, Brandon Sanderson, comes the first book in a new, action-packed thrill ride of a series—Steelheart.
Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics.
But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his will.
Nobody fights the Epics . . . nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.
And David wants in. He wants Steelheart—the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning—and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.
He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.
I decided to send Brandon a few questions about this new novel! And he obliged me, doing something cool: He answered the questions in audio format specifically for this interview and these words are transcribed!
On to questions concerning Steelheart:
NEW RELEASE INTERVIEW: STEELHEART BY BRANDON SANDERSON
Shawn Speakman: STEELHEART is published today! Tell Unbound Worlds readers about it?
Shawn Speakman: STEELHEART is a young adult book. That shouldn’t dismay adult readers though, as many of the bestselling stories in the last decade are from that genre. What is it about young adult that appeals to so many people? And do you think you achieve that with STEELHEART?
Shawn Speakman: The book’s main character, David, is out for revenge. At the beginning of the book, we see the event that led to that desire. Was it hard writing a character out for revenge in a young adult setting?
Brandon Sanderson: Sometimes you write something and it just comes together, and that’s what the prologue was for me. It introduces David, his driving motivation, and was what gave me the passion and excitement to write the book. For those interested in the book, I really do suggest reading the prologue, which is free online. [link: http://brandonsanderson.com/steelheart-prologue/]
I don’t think David being a teen made the revenge aspect of the story more difficult. In fact, it fely like a very natural fit because of the passions of adolescence. Yes, at its core, Steelheart is a vengeance novel. David’s passion for what he wants to do is a big driving force behind the whole story working.
Shawn Speakman: What book would you recommend your readers tackle AFTER they have read STEELHEART? Young adult or otherwise!
Shawn Speakman: You have finished WORDS OF RADIANCE and it publishes in early 2014. What are you currently working on? The sequel to STEELHEART, I hope!
There you have it! From one of the hardest working writers in the business! Steelheart is now in fine bookstores for everyone to enjoy.
Learn more at www.brandonsanderson.com!
Shawn Speakman is the author of The Dark Thorn, an urban/epic fantasy hybrid novel bestselling author Terry Brooks calls, “a fine tale by a talented writer.”