Mistborn : The Final Empire

Brandon Sanderson
Brandon Sanderson, fantasy's newest master tale spinner, author of the acclaimed debut Elantris, dares to turn a genre on its head by asking a simple question: What if the hero of prophecy fails? What kind of world results when the Dark Lord is in charge? The answer will be found in the Mistborn Trilogy, a saga of surprises and magical martial-arts action that begins in Mistborn.For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison. Kelsier "snapped" and found in himself the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, he turned his talents to the ultimate caper, with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark.  Kelsier recruited the underworld's elite, the smartest and most trustworthy allomancers, each of whom shares one of his many powers, and all of whom relish a high-stakes challenge. Only then does he reveal his ultimate dream, not just the greatest heist in history, but the downfall of the divine despot.But even with the best criminal crew ever assembled, Kel's plan looks more like the ultimate long shot, until luck brings a ragged girl named Vin into his life. Like him, she's a half-Skaa orphan, but she's lived a much harsher life. Vin has learned to expect betrayal from everyone she meets, and gotten it. She will have to learn to trust, if Kel is to help her master powers of which she never dreamed.Readers of Elantris thought they'd discovered someone special in Brandon Sanderson. Mistborn proves they were right.


Reviewed: 2016-08-15

Metal magic is super damn cool

Reviewed: 2016-06-24
Thanks to a friend of mine, I acquired all three of these books - signed by the author!! Since then, I have had to put off reading them for other things about half a dozen times. I'd start the book, then something would come up, and I'd have to put it down. I'd start it again, something else would come up, and down it goes. So frustrating!!

But finally, I was able to get the trilogy on my nook, and I have now finished Mistborn. And man, it was worth it. I loved it. I don't even know how to describe it or analyze it at all... other than to say that I thought it was brilliant.

I loved the characters, I loved the pacing, I loved the world that Sanderson created and the rules of Allomancy and Feruchemy, I loved the political aspects of the story. I loved the creepiness of the obligators and especially the Steel Inquisitors (man I want to know more about them!!) and the Lord Ruler. I loved the humor sprinkled throughout the book, which seemed perfectly placed and perfectly handled. I loved all of the developments of the story, all of the things that we learn as we go and all of the things that become "AHA!" moments when we've finished.

I did not love one sacrifice, but I understand it, and even applaud the author for having the guts to do it. It takes real cojones to let your book be what it is, rather than force it into something it's not, and even though this thing was hard to bear for me, very much so, having some deus ex machina appear to save the day would have been worse.

This is an awful review. It doesn't do the book anywhere near the justice it deserves. Just go read it and see what all my incoherent fan-girlling is about for yourself.

And imagine that all of my I's are dotted with little ♥s. ;)
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