Mistborn: The Final Empire Hardcover – Jul 25 2006
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Sanderson's eerie second fantasy (after 2005's Elantris), set in a mist-haunted, ash-ridden world, pits Kelsier, "the Survivor of Hathsin," against the immortal Lord Ruler's 1,000-year domination of both the Great Houses and their serflike "skaa." Through Allomancy acquired in the Ruler's most hellish prison, Kelsier can "burn" 10 metals internally, fueling superhuman powers he uses to assemble rebels in a loose plan to destroy the nobility, the empire and the Lord Ruler himself. Kelsier uses Vin, a street urchin with the same Mistborn powers Kelsier possesses, to infiltrate the Great Houses' society, where she falls in love with philosopher prince Elend Venture. This mystico-metallurgical fantasy combines Vin's coming-of-age-in-magic and its well-worn theme of revolt against oppression with copious mutilations, a large-scale cast of thieves, cutthroats, conniving nobles and exotic mutants. The fast-paced action scenes temper Vin's interminable ballroom intrigues, while the characters, though not profoundly drawn, have a raw stereotypic appeal. (July)
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The Sliver of Infinity, the Lord Ruler, is the locus of religious and temporal order in a world in which the skaa are slaves or worse. Half-skaa erstwhile thief Kelsior is the only person to survive and escape the Lord Ruler's most brutal prison, in which, however, he discovered he has the powers of the Mistborn, which are based on the internal "burning" of certain metals, all of which the Mistborn can use, while most others can burn only one. Now Kelsior plans his most daring raid ever, into the center of the palace to discover the secret of the Lord Ruler's power. Beforehand, his band finds the half-skaa orphan Vin in another thieving crew, where she's useful because she brings good luck. She is also Mistborn and, if she can master and learn to trust her powers, will enable Kelsior's crew to infiltrate the nobility and possibly overthrow the status quo. Intrigue, politics, and conspiracies mesh complexly in a world Sanderson realizes in satisfying depth and peoples with impressive characters. Regina Schroeder
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I have been a fan of Sanderson since I read the end of The Wheel of Time which he masterfully ended. I could write pages upon pages about how Sanderson turned that series around for the better, but it made me into a huge fan. I read Steelheart and have had the Mistborn books on my shelves for a long time, so I am super glad I read this one. This is definitely a Sanderson book, but the beginning was so meh that I almost didn't continue.
I really dislike when people are like "okay the first 150 pages suck but the rest is great!!" so here's what I'm going to say: it isn't that the first 150 pages suck, it is just that they weren't gripping as a typical Sanderson book which made this one really easy to put down. Not only did I put it down multiple times, I even put it down in the middle of a sentence! I don't do that. I did that here. And I mean, I stuck with it because I love Sanderson -- and I'm super glad I did -- but it was a bit put-downable at the beginning which can rub people the wrong way. It is also the reason this is 4* because the rest was superb.
I LOVED the magic system and the intricacies to it. That was BY FAR the best part of this one. I am not going to lie, I thought it was explained really well during the course of the novel and throughout Vin's training but I enjoyed the explanation at the end too (my version had a little guideline at the end). I thought that it was introduced really nicely inline with the story without me feeling like it was info-dumped or over explained.Read more ›
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.
At first, the setting might seem to be the same as any other. Bad guy rules empire. Good-bad-guy wants to kill him, and save the world. Cute young woman helps him while discovering who she really is. But the story is much more than that; the characters are neither black nor white, but somewhere in between, and Sanderson's writing describe their fears, joices and dilemnas with depth. The magic's mechanics are interesting, but more than that, I enjoyed the author's understanding of what is leadership: choices, consequences, difficult decisions, the power of the words, etc. Even the ending leaves you uncertain.
This is the first in a trilogy, and I am looking forward to reading the next two books.
Most recent customer reviews
Strong background and storyline. Great characters and setting. Great to see a strong male and female lead. Looking forward to more.Published 21 days ago by Dave Brooks
This is the first Brandon Sanderson novel I’ve ever read, am I’m a little upset for not picking him up sooner! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amy
I read before I go to bed and find I've been losing sleep because I cannot stop reading!Published 8 months ago by JohnnyUtah
Frankly, I was quite disappointed in this series. The geography/environment was wholly unbelievable which destroyed any ability I might have had to get into the stories. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Cary A. Conder
Great way to start a series. If you like any of Brandon Sandersons other series you will enjoy this. Enjoyed it a lotPublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
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. Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2014 by Mediaevalgirl
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 timePublished on Oct. 15 2013 by Terry
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