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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Don't be fooled by the book description, the hero of the story is NOT Kelsier, it's Vin, the "apprentice," so set aside your expectation that a male author working in the fantasy genre must also have a male character as the main hero of the story.

The book is pretty good, the plot is pretty intricate, it could have stood alone, but it doesn't, it's got two...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy done well
I enjoy this book. It's not my favourite fantasy novel but it was well written and I liked the concept of Allomancy for magic. It was a new take on a tired genre. Would definitely recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, Feb. 17 2013
This review is from: Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mass Market Paperback)
Don't be fooled by the book description, the hero of the story is NOT Kelsier, it's Vin, the "apprentice," so set aside your expectation that a male author working in the fantasy genre must also have a male character as the main hero of the story.

The book is pretty good, the plot is pretty intricate, it could have stood alone, but it doesn't, it's got two sequels, which aren't necessarily as good, but all three had some pretty cool plot twists. The story is described as taking place in a world where the Dark Lord won, but that's the backstory, it's not the plot of the book. The main story still has that classic "good triumphs over evil" fantasy trope, whether that's good or bad depends on what you're expecting/hoping for. By the way, the Dark Lord being defeated isn't the big plot twist I was talking about.

The last thing is the magic system, Allomancy, the major one in the first book, there's two more in the world, to be described in more detail in the later books. Allomancy is a very well thought out rule-based magic system where "burning" a specific metal can give you an ability while you're burning it (e.g. super-senses), but personally, I always thought it was a bit random which metal gives you what powers, so it may not be for everyone.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy done well, Feb. 1 2014
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I enjoy this book. It's not my favourite fantasy novel but it was well written and I liked the concept of Allomancy for magic. It was a new take on a tired genre. Would definitely recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good read, Oct. 15 2013
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Brandon is an easy read. His characters are clear, and the plot is easy to follow. Totally enjoy his writing as a whole, and this series is worth the time
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Storytelling!!!, Nov. 30 2012
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Mistborn is a fantastic adventure novel that follows a young street urchin on her journey of self awakening. She is rescued from a band of abusive thieves by a more enlightend band of thieves. A group that recognizes her unique abilities.

Each of the members of her new group has a unique ability and a brilliant personality. They draw you in with their witty language and outlandish plots. Each character has an interesting background that is slowly revealed throughout the book.

The world Sanderson has created is horrifying in it's cruelty. The spiritless nobility rule over the peasants with vicious brutality. Yet there are pockets of hope among the nobility and the beaten down ska(peasants). The setting of the story had me rooting for the underdogs.

I really enjoyed how formidable Sanderson made the bad guys they are intellegent, ruthless, and you cannot predict how the battles will turn out.

I highly recommend this to any fantasy, action adventure fan. It's a great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Series, Aug. 20 2012
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I absolutely loved this book and the sequels. It has a unique concept and great writing. Found the story and the characters entertaining and engaging. I really enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, July 11 2012
Overall a great fantasy book. The magic system, the character, the antagonists, the storyline were all great. I cant wait to read more Mistborn books and others by this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bhhhhhhhhiiiimmmm, March 14 2012
amazing , action, adventure , scenes , epic world , unpredictable story , rich world, lot of rebounds , lot of things happening really interesting magic system that combines fantasy epicness with a slice of jedi matrix style ... if u live matrix style movies and great adventures , u ll love this book and the serie .
a must have , this book could stand on it's own , the beginning to the end , is suprising and is an amazing story even if you only want to read 1 book ( but i m pretty sure you will want to read the others as well ... )
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inventive and interesting fantasy, Feb. 16 2007
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I purchased Mistborn: The Final Empire entirely randomly without even reading the blurb inside the dust jacket simply because I liked the cover artwork. Fortunately, this time my whimsical purchase paid off handsomely.

Mistborn is Brandon Sanderson's second novel, but he writes with a confidence that takes most authors years of experience. Sanderson combines a seemingly common plot of "ragtag heroes vs. big bad overlord" with portions of epistolary narrative and a serious allegorical exploration of the dangers of theocracy, classism and racism. He also includes an original and fascinating magic system for his characters: Allomancy.

Allomancy consists of the ingestion of various metals for use in unleashing special powers. Only the nobility seem to possess allomantic powers, but occasionally commoners manifest them as well -- if they have noble blood in their family tree. Allomantic abilities include super strength, the power of suggestion, being able to physically manipulate metal with one's body, etc. Most allomancers possess only one allomantic ability -- and are referred to as "mistings" -- but a lucky few allomancers possess ALL the allomantic abilities -- and they are referred to as "mistborn."

A young girl named Vin has grown up on the street and unknowingly uses allomancy for the benefit of the gang of confidence men who have taken her in. She is soon rescued from certain death at the hands of the authorities by rogue mistings led by a mistborn who dreams of freeing their land from the power of an evil seemingly-immortal ruler who has proclaimed himself a god -- and seems to have to power to back up his claim.

The novel works as an adventure story, a detective story and a heroic fantasy. I would heartily recommend Mistborn: The Final Empire to anyone. I've already lent my copy to everyone I know.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brandon Sanderson blows the lid off the fantasy genre again, March 9 2008
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After reading Elantris I didn't think Brandon Sanderson could do better, I was wrong! While a simple synopsis of the plot -a group seeks to overthrow the tyrannical God-emperor- might seem somewhat cliche, Mistborn The Final Empire takes that basic story and makes something truly unique out of it. As in his previous novel, Sanderson shows his amazing skill at creating believable multidimensional characters, and this novel also shows off a truly unique and well-conceived magic system that is unlike anything this fantasy fan has ever seen before. Actually it's TWO unique and well-conceived magic systems that interact with each other in interesting ways, which happen to be integral to the plot. This book also contains elements of high-adventure stories which may endear it to some of the non-fantasy reading crowd. Though this is the first book of a trilogy, the ending is quite satisfying in it's own right.

Definitely recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars See that shadowed form in the night mists? Could it be... a good story?, Dec 11 2010
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Mistborn took a little getting used to, that''s why it was such slow reading at the beginning. But the world '- once you get to know it -' is mysterious and fantastical. How do I begin to describe it? Well, imagine a world that is dark and smoggy, full of falling flakes of ash... always falling and building up and having to be cleared away. There is no green in the city, there is no flicker of life, especially in the eyes of the skaa who are the peasants of the city. The Lord Ruler, one who rarely appears outside of his palace, controls even the amount of hope his peasants can feel. When he does appear in public ' it is obvious he could easily and dismissively destroy it and its people. At night, everyone barricades themselves inside their homes, fearing the mists for reasons they''ve forgotten. At night, all is muffled and silent. But, night time is when the most interesting things happen for Kelsier, a first and only survivor of the terrifying mining pits where the condemned are sent to work to their deaths. At night, Kelsier can move freely and undetected through the mists, up and down sheer walls, spinning from spire to spire. Why does he dare brave the Lord Ruler's wrath? He is a mistborn. And one seeking vengeance.

Mistborn use up the energy of certain metals and alloys to gain access to latent powers. By swallowing small flakes of pewter, for example, mistborn can enhance their physical endurance and strength, something which comes in handy when you want to survive a fatal blow from an opponent...'or wrench yourself free from the dungeons. Such people are rare, and are usually found in the ranks of the nobility. Kelsier himself is an exception. He was born among the skaa people, the dirt and sweat of the city. It is the skaa people who toil in the fields and fulfill all the menial labour -' all great nations need something to enslave, after all, don''t they? But, something is abnormal about the skaa people. Why don't they rebel? The sheer size of their population should easily be able to overwhelm any corrupt ruler. There is something more sinister at work in the streets of the Lord Ruler''s city, something a mistborn can detect. The Lord Ruler, O immortal one, keeps his secrets well hidden. Who are the Inquisitors, those skeletal beings with spikes driven through their eyes and horrifying skills at rendering bodies apart? They were once familiar men but now have become creatures with uncanny abilities, seemingly much stronger than even a mistborn. Kelsier is determined to help the skaa rebel against the Lord Ruler and this oppressive force that lies over his city. But he can''t do it alone.

Enter the crewmembers: Breeze, Ham, Clubs, Marsh, Spook, Dockson and Vin. Together they''ll form the grunt work for the secret rebellion, pitting their intelligence and skills towards a task that for thousands of years people have attempted and failed -' kill the Lord Ruler and reclaim their city.

Vin herself is a mistborn, but she never knew it until the day Kelsier found her and saved her from a potentially torturous death at the hands of an inquisitor. She is a slight wisp of a girl who prides herself in mistrusting others and keeping to the shadows. It will take a lot of trusting and getting used to newfound powers before this young beaten down skaa can transform into someone whose cleverness and instincts can very well determine the fate of the entire skaa rebellion.
So there''s my synopsis of the story, with a few tantalizing bits thrown in.

It's ridiculously easy to lose yourself in the story. That's just how Brandon Sanderson writes. Intensely, philosophically, emotionally -' it's all there.

Whenever you read about someone who''s agile and quick-thinking, descriptions get interesting. By burning steel and iron in their bellies, these mistborn can practically fly through the air. By burning copper or tin, they can detect or protect themselves from detection by other Allomancers (or people like them who can access powers using metals). Brandon Sanderson describes the antics of a mistborn with satisfying detail, like no other fight scene I''ve read yet. Just, for example, imagine someone having to describe a scene where Jackie Chan has to fight a whole mob of yakuza using trickery and acrobatics. To me, that''s daunting. But I relish reading about how Vin uses her brains and what available metals she has, exploiting their strengths and weaknesses with such intuition and ingeniousness that she always comes up with something to surprise her opponents.

The way the story is set up, there are secrets within secrets to be discovered. It kind of becomes a theme in the story. As you read, you uncover layers of them as Vin and Kelsier put two and two together, and gain a new realization about the world they live in and some potential tidbits about how to defeat the Lord Ruler. But -' you''ll still be surprised! At least, I was. The idea that there are still secrets to be discovered about the Lord Ruler keeps Kelsier hopeful that he will find a way to defeat him.

The Lord Ruler himself is a cryptic character. You hardly ever meet him. Most of the information you get about him comes from all those rumours and legends that people spread about the thing they fear. He also has some interesting history, so he''s more than just the evil villain stock character.

There are some noble themes threaded into the story too, notably of the immortality of hope. Kelsier, a 'prince of thieves' in his city, gets everything he knows and loves torn away from him and he is sent to the cruel pits to mine for a precious metal. Out of this hell, he discovered his powers, and he vowed to no longer be beaten down by the whips of the obligators and inquisitors, or the formless oppressiveness of the Lord Ruler himself. Even when his plans begin to fall apart, he keeps it together, because the common people look towards him as their leader, and he fiercely believes he and his crew can make that extra difference that will change the way things have been for thousands of years. Kelsier is determined to prove that hope is one thing that the Lord Ruler cannot completely wipe out. On the topic of the politics of leadership, Brandon Sanderson has lots of say.

Another interesting theme: the fine line between heroism and tyranny. Throughout the book, there are excerpts from an interesting logbook detailing the thoughts of a hero from the past'...a hero who was prophesied to end some abstract force of darkness and evil, back during the time when the Lord Ruler appeared and came into power. In his logbook he often questions his motives, questions his leadership, questions whether or not he deserves the looks of hope that the common people give him. It all forms an interesting philosophical backdrop to the story. It also nicely parallels Kelsier''s own doubts and the doubts of his crewmembers.

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