I started this book expecting yet another, slightly above average, clichÃ© fantasy novel. It surprised and delighted me far beyond my expectation. Mistborn: The Final Empire is an amazingly crafted, beautifully detailed novel of epic proportions. The book begins with a small act of rebellion and soon builds to an extremely intense story, including a surprising number of different elements and many twists and turns. The magic powers especially caught my attention, a new and extremely interesting system involving metals and magical mists. All told, this book, the first in a trilogy, was excellent, and I hope the rest of the series is as good. Highly recommended!
I enjoy Brandon Sanderson's novels, but I don't love them. Mistborn is a good story with interesting characters. I especially liked the fact that Mistborn's protagonist is female, something that's still too uncommon in fantasy and science fiction novels. Mistborn's system of allomancy is creative and unique. Sanderson writes simply, concisely, and directly. As a result, the book has good pacing and the story moves along at a good clip. But his writing style creates two problems. First, his books read as though they're written for a junior high audience. I would compare Sanderson to John Scalzi; they both are direct and to the point. But only Sanderson's books feel like they're a bit beneath you. Second, the climactic scenes always feel rushed and not that climactic. In Mistborn, the tension never builds to the point where you feel like something really BIG just happened. Most of the key events are over before you realize it and the importance barely has a chance to sink in. It keeps Sanderson's books from being as good as they could be.
Vin, a skaa street urchin, struggles every day just to survive. These are dark days for the Final Empireâ¦if you're a skaa that is. Oppressed for years by the noblemen of the Final Empire, which is ruled over with an iron fist by the âLord Ruler,â the skaa work as slaves every day, sweeping the streets, working in the mills, mines, and fields.
There are a lucky few like Vin who have some talent. Talent earns them places with the many numerous skaa thieving crews, groups of men who make small-time raids on the noblemen of the
Empire. Dragged there by her abusive brother, Vin remained to pay off her and her brother's debt to the Crew Chief after he ran away and left her.
One day however, after a raid gone wrong, Vin meets up with Kelsier, a handsome, scheming Crew Chief who just happens to be an Allomancer. And not just any Allomancer, a Mistborn.
Allomancers use metals such as Iron, Tin, and Pewter to enhance their bodily powers. Most Allomancers can only use one metal, but a select few, Mistborn, can use all of the 10 metals. Once Vin finds out that she is in fact a Mistborn as well, Kelsier offers her a chance to become a member of his crew. This crew however, isn't just going to âpull a job,â they're going to pull the biggest job in the history of the final empireâ¦
âLord Rulerâ¦â That's what I have to say about âMistborn!â It was SO GOOD! The first installment to the Mistborn series is one not to be missed! Sanderson has such a good balance of good, evil, action, drama, politics, scheming, backstabbing, mysteryâ¦you name it, âMistbornâ has it all!
Though the language in âMistbornâ took some getting used to, it wasn't the usual boring âcourt battlesâ that a lot of fantasy is famous for. I understood all of the politics and actually wanted more, surprising even myself.
The only downside is, I fail to see how the second book in the series (âWell of Ascensionâ) could possibly live up to the greatness of âMistborn.â I'll definitely be there to give it a shot however.
In summary, âMistbornâ was a refreshing book in a world of sub-standard fantasy littering most of the genre nowadays. If you need a little excitement on your bookshelf pick up âMistbornâ !
Four and Â¼ stars.
What a great book, one of the best I've read in a long time. If you enjoy political intrigue in your fantasy, then this is the book for you. There is really not a lot of action, but Sanderson has a way of making the story feel "action filled". Characters are well fleshed out and I felt deeply about the characters. The book started out a bit slow, but really it was necessary to the story and all makes sense come the end. I knew exactly how this was going to end, but I didn't know how we would get there. There were enough twists and mysteries that I didn't have figured out so the ending stayed enjoyable. Even though this is the first book of a trilogy, things wrapped up nicely and this book really feels like a standalone. I definitely looking forward to the next book in the series.
The first in the Mistborn trilogy. Slaves are provoked to rebel against their God/Lord Ruler in this epic fantasy novel. I enjoyed the subplots and subcharacter much more than I did the main character, Vin. The author tries, but fails a bit to convey the feelings/emotions of a young adult female. She seemed bit hollow to me. The other cast of characters really draw you into the story making you cheer for them and hope that they succeed in their mission of rebellion. I will definitely be reading the 2nd book to see where this story goes.