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Mistborn: The Final Empire Hardcover – Jul 25 2006

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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (July 25 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076531178X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765311788
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 4.2 x 24.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 794 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #99,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Format: Paperback
I REALLY enjoyed it and will definitely be continuing this series but I still have some hesitations about this one. I do highly recommend it, especially if you are a fan of Sanderson, intricate magic systems, and general badassery.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Let it be known that, although I love fantasy books, I rarely go and find books of this genre by myself. My skill at finding great fantasy books isn't good, as I am often fooled by the pretty images on the cover. After my boyfriend, and his mother, and his mother's husband insisted that I really should read it, I had no other choice than to commit to it.

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.
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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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