Mr B's review
Here is one of those books where it is clear the author had as much fun writing the book as I had reading it. The start of a new science fiction series from a world building pro, Skyward provides that much needed thrill ride kick for fans of Star Wars, Ready Player One and Starfox. An awesome planet, epic dog fights and a wholesome coming of age story will leave readers eager for part two! – Henry at Mr. B’s
Spensa’s world has been under attack for hundreds of years. An alien race called the Krell leads onslaught after onslaught from the sky in a never-ending campaign to destroy humankind. Humanity’s only defense is to take to their ships and fight the enemy in the skies. Pilots have become the heroes of what’s left of the human race.
Spensa has always dreamed of being one of them; of soaring above Earth and proving her bravery. But her fate is intertwined with her father’s – a pilot who was killed years ago when he abruptly deserted his team, placing Spensa’s chances of attending flight school somewhere between slim and none.
No one will let Spensa forget what her father did, but she is still determined to fly. And the Krell just made that a possibility. They’ve doubled their fleet, making Spensa’s world twice as dangerous . . . but their desperation to survive might just take her skyward . . .
Praise for Brandon Sanderson’s #1 New York Times Bestselling Reckoners series:
‘Another win for Sanderson . . . he’s simply a brilliant writer’ Patrick Rothfuss
‘Compelling . . . Sanderson uses plot twists that he teases enough for readers to pick up on to distract from the more dramatic reveals he has in store’ AV Club
Full of action * THE SUN * A terrifically tall tale, packaging the superhero action into compelling, punchy chapters that keep you reading. It’s a fast, feisty read with characters that are skillfully drawn, assassinations, gunfights, physics bending motorcycle chases and a world you can’t wait to hear more about. * SFX * Steelheart is the literature equivalent of a blockbuster; episodic and fast-paced with surprises around every turn. * SCI FI NOW * Firefight is filled with a spine-tingling adventure and heart-racing action that promises to satisfy fans both new and old * Fantasy Book Critic * Firefight is a rollercoaster ride of action, entertainment, and humour * Smash Dragons * Firefight is a visual, almost cinematic novel * Buzzy Mag * The stories are complex, fascinating, and filled to the brim with three-dimensional characters * Fantasy Book Review * Startling revelations and stakes-raising implications … Sanderson plainly had a ball with this nonstop, highflying opener, and readers will too * Kirkus (starred review) * This deeply entertaining first episode in a series is for fans of aerial warfare stories in which the characters are as well-devised as the machines. * MORNING STAR * The world of The Reckoners is suddenly presented in all its glory. It’s an incredibly vibrant setting that showcases the entire breadth of Sanderson’s talent. Expect to finish this one in single sitting. * Upcoming 4 Me * as always, Brandon Sanderson creates a unique and interesting universe we get to explore alongside the protagonist…a fun, action packed ride for those of us who remain a child at heart. * Best Fantasy Books * With this action-packed trilogy opener, Sanderson offers up a resourceful, fearless heroine and a memorable cast-including a strangely humorous, mushroom-obsessed robot-set against the backdrop of a desperate conflict. As the pulse-pounding story intensifies and reveals its secrets, a cliffhanger ending sets things up for the next instalment. * PUBLISHERS WEEKLY * Full of action * THE SUN * All the main characteristics of a Sanderson novel from a writer at the top of his game. * FANTASY BOOK REVIEW * Skyward is an adventure and a half that you won’t want to miss. Even hardcore Cosmere fans will enjoy the special mix of fantasy and sci-fi that unfolds as you watch Spensa learn what it means to be truly brave. * TOR.COM * Steelheart is the literature equivalent of a blockbuster; episodic and fast-paced with surprises around every turn. * SCI FI NOW * Secrets intensify this ripping yarn, which is crammed with peril, thrills and snappy dialogue * Daily Mail * another brisk YA fantasy from Sanderson – inventive, action-stuffed and surprising until the end * SFX *
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