Mistborn: The Final Empire
Mistborn: The Final Empire

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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.

Customer Reviews:

  • Great read
    I picked this up in the library at random because of the cover and some reviews. What a great find! I will be reading the rest of Mr. Sanderson's books for sure....more info
  • wonderful visuals in imagination
    A very thought provoking book about resistance against an oppressive government. It was reminiscent of an old England type setting, and it creates some wonderful visuals in imagination. The protagonists are very likable by the personalities they portray. It's a book about teamwork, overcoming the impossible through careful planning and infiltration; but also how a hero can stand against improbable odds and incite the spirits of the oppressed. ...more info
  • Pretty dull and uninspiring
    The good:

    The magic system is really inventive and clever.

    The bad:

    It is basically a protypical fantasy novel. The characters are rather one dimensional and the plot is really basic. The writing is average.

    It is a average fantasy book. There are several excellent that have come out recently like The Blade Itself or The Name of the Wind that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend before this one.
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  • This book's got it all!
    Brandon Sanderson

    Vin, a skaa street urchin, struggles every day just to survive. These are dark days for the Final Empire...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 "Lord Ruler," 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 "pull a job," they're going to pull the biggest job in the history of the final empire...

    "Lord Ruler..." That's what I have to say about "Mistborn!" 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, mystery...you name it, "Mistborn" has it all!

    Though the language in "Mistborn" took some getting used to, it wasn't the usual boring "court battles" 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 ("Well of Ascension") could possibly live up to the greatness of "Mistborn." I'll definitely be there to give it a shot however.

    In summary, "Mistborn" 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 "Mistborn" !
    Four and ? stars.
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  • Pure Evil genius
    [...] I have never seen someone come up with as many way's to inflict pain onto the protagonist. I ENJOYED IT! No but seriously everything he does is new and fresh, from the magic system to the dangers, to the character development. If i had to pick a video to describe it would be this video. It pretty much sums up the feeling of the book. Enjoy! [...]...more info
  • Tons of Fun
    I used Amazon's "Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought" to find this book after having read "The Blade Itself" series and "The Name of the Wind", both excellent reads.

    Also, I noted that Robin Hobbs also wrote a glowing review for the book.

    This book was a lot of fun. I got hooked from the very beginning, as this book is very fast-paced. Many of of the reviewers talked about the magic system - how original and fleshed out it is. Well, they're right. I found myself realling getting into it, and loving the ideas about how it all worked.

    OK, I'm going to say it. Just like most other Fantasy books I read, there's an orphan with special powers as the main character. I guess it was either an orphan or a farmboy, and the author chose orphan for this story.

    However, the fast pace, the "heist"-style story, the intersting ideas (taking a quote from another reviewer: what if Frodo failed?), made this a fast read and a lot of fun. Plus, there were alot of fun surprises.

    This needs to be said because when I was talking the book up to a friend he was hesitant because he'd read the main character is a girl. He loves his heroes to be named Drizzt or Conan. However, according the author's website, the main char was originally written as a boy, and when I told him that, it seemed to alleviated enough of his concerns that he said he'd check it out.

    Note: I checked out brandonsanderson.com, and the author does a fantastic job on his site. Particularly, the chapter-by-chapter annotation where you can read his thoughts about what he wrote. I had previously purchased the DragonLance Annotated Chronicles and thought it was pretty slick. Seeing the same thing on the web for free is even better.

    5 Stars. My Library has book 2 reserved for me now, and Amazon has my Pre-Order for book 3 coming in October....more info
  • Wow. W-O-W

    That is what I said when I put this book down, finished. Just . . . wow.

    I've never read anything by Brandon Sanderson before, but hearing that he would be finishing the Wheel of Time Series that I recently started, I figured I should get an idea of how good a writer he is and if he is capable of finishing such a complex story.

    Long story short, I was not disappointed.

    The first thing that jumped out at me was the originality of the setting and premise. "Mistborn" is set in an almost post-apocalyptic world where, in the distant past, the farmboy turned demi-god failed and evil took over. The world is a wasteland ruled by an invincible mage tyrant, choked with ash and soot that falls endlessly, dominated by a brutal upper-crust of nobleman, and shrouded at night by veils of eerie mist filled with strange beasts. Few people even remember that the sun was yellow once, or that plants are supposed to be green and healthy, rather than brown and dead.

    The consistency with which Sanderson fleshed out this unique world impressed me a great deal. If there was anything wrong with the worldbuilding, it was that the maps included were a little difficult to read and follow, but there wasn't much traveling done in this book anyway, so that was a minor issue.

    In terms of character development, Mistborn excelled. Seriously, this is a freakin' George R.R. Martin level of characterization, here. Vin and Kelsier are of particular note, but just about all the minor characters had their own unique charm that made them individualistic and the interaction between them that much more believable.

    I get the sense that Sanderson was influenced in part by Robin Hobb, because like her, he sometimes names characters after concepts. However, this works out a lot better for him than for Robin Hackwriter, and is done with a good deal more subtle technique. The pseudo-nobleman with a cane who manipulates emotions is named "Breeze", the super-human soldier is named "Ham", the ambitious noble family are called, "The Ventures" and so on.

    And then's there the dialogue. I won't lie to you; I'm not easily impressed when it comes to dialogue, and Mistborn blew me away. The characters, far from sounding like tired actors trying very hard to read a bad script like in most fantasy, actually sounded like real people, and every few lines there was wit or good-natured mockery.(For example, when Kelsier was writing down a list of potential problems to his plan, one of the crewmembers said the plan was absolutely crazy. So, Kelsier wrote down as one problem that one of his crew had a "hopelessly bad attitude.")

    The plot starts out good and keeps getting better. The resolution and ending were excellent. The author successfully tied up a great deal of loose ends and dropped a lot of plot twists in very few pages, without even giving the feel of it being rushed.

    The romance sub-plot, minor as it was in this book, was great. Yeah, none of that "fated true love" bulls**t here. To avoid typing out an essay, I'll suffice to say that Sanderson triumphed yet again.

    The Magic system was extremely original and innovative, and at the same time very deep, complex, and interconnected, with a lot of potential. My only real complaints would be that I would have liked to see even more Allomantic powers, and also some characters that would actually bridge the gap between the "weak" Mistings and "super-powered" Mistborn, which was a rather uneven balance.

    I could go on and on and on and on about how awesome this book is, but I'll end here with saying that you'll be hard-pressed to find a better, more intelligently-written series than Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn. The Final Empire receives 5 glowing stars, and my highest recommendation....more info
  • Unique and great
    A unique fantasy is something that when you find it, you know that you are onto something great, or entirely the other way. Well, happily Sanderson has done something great. What makes this unique is not that the heroes have to overcome the evil ruler, because you know you've heard that before.

    Or that the evil ruler has monstrous minions, because we have seen that before also. But that those evil minions are such that no one can remember ever defeating the minions, or the evil ruler who is immortal as far as everyone knows. Yet that too has been read elsewhere.

    What separates The Final Empire is magic. Not everyone has the ability, but those that do access their magic in such a well described and unique way that the entirety of the magical world makes sense and is needful to its resolution. Complexity and depth make this work breakout from the others in the genre.

    The plot moves at a decent pace though the buildup to the crescendo of the climax has some lulls. Once that climax triggers though, a great deal happens both expected and unexpected making the book a very worthwhile read....more info
  • Unexpected fun
    I selected this when Tor had their free books for Kindle. What a fun read. I like a book that keeps me wondering what will happen from one chapter to the next and this one did. I enjoyed Sanderson's characters, his concept of the use of metals and allomancers. I look forward to buying my next Brandon Sanderson book. ...more info
  • Excellent read
    I'm a big fan of the late Robert Jordan, and I recently picked up Sanderson's works because I heard he was writing the last book of Jordan's series, and wanted to get a feel for him - to "see if he could do it." But whether I think he can satisfactorily write the last book in Jordan's series is unimportant. What matters is: I'm just glad I discovered him in the first place.

    Two big things I loved which other reviewers have not touched on:

    1.) Unlike many "adult" fantasy series, this book is absent of out-of-place coarseness and vulgarity. I don't say this because I'm prude. It would always floor me, when reading other fantasy series, when characters would belt out the same extremely vulgar swears we use in modern-day life. It's distracting and rips you out of whatever immersion the story had built up, and is sheer laziness on the author's part. You've created this entirely new world, why not throw in some entirely new swears to help build the world and keep the reader immersed?

    2.) The magic system. Ok, I know other reviewers have already talked about how awesome it is, but...it is really, REALLY awesome. At first, when I learned they "burned metals", I thought it seemed ridiculously random. Burn metals? Why not chew plastic? Or lick dirt? But the more I read, the more incredible it became. It even reverted me back to a little kid's mentality, as I pictured what it would be like to use those powers in my everyday life. Driving home in the falling snow - "Now I would burn Tin." Can't get the door open - "Time to flare Pewter." It's an incredibly fun system of magic, I can't get enough of it.

    Now, as other reviewers have said...Kelsier and Vin are extremely well-done characters, the others...not so much. But that's because they're not really the focus of the book - and they don't *have* to be. The world itself is so intriguing, with the class differences, the falling ash and red sky, the Lord Ruler and the thousand years of destroyed history and oppression...you don't really care that we don't know *exactly* what drives someone like Breeze or Spook or Clubs. We know their personality and their place in the group, and that's enough.

    This was an extremely satisfying, enjoyable read, and I can't wait to get the next book....more info
  • Awesome!
    Kelsier, a charisimatic con-artist, is out for revenge and he recruits 16 yr old Vin, street orphan, along with his old crew with the goal of taking down the evil Lord Ruler and his big bad empire. This book has everything and the sequel is even better.
    Also, when you're done with it you could probably give it to your little brother or sister---in fact i think you should, because if Harry Potter and Vin got in a fight guess who'd totally get their @ss kicked?...more info
  • Unique magic, great characters, exciting story!
    The Final Empire is a great fantasy book! I've been a faithful Amazon consumer for many years and have never reviewed a book until now, even though I spend lots of time reading other people's reviews... I know, bad me, but this book is so fresh and exciting I figured I'd take the leap (burning pewter of course).

    I am currently re-reading in preparation for the last book of the trilogy to come out next month and I have to say I'm just as impressed as I was the first time. The characters are complex but not so much that you can't figure them out. The story is engaging and suspenseful and the end is not typical at all.

    Vin is excellently portrayed and I'm happy the story is about her, but I have to say that for my money I think the character of Kelsier is fantastic. His not so subtle manipulations of everyone around him (for the common good) and his brutal decisions on what's best for the people and how to bring them about is very compelling, especially at the end of the book.

    I also read and loved Well of Ascension and can't wait for the third. If any of these reviews sway you at all and you're a sci-fi/fantasy fan you NEED to read this book!...more info
  • Original system of magic and good plot twists...
    I really enjoyed the magic system of this book. Pretty creative blend of alchemy and jedi mind tricks.

    When Kelsier first started flying around at the beginning of the book I thought it seemed rather silly. Almost like fantasy meets a comic book. But as the story progressed I found myself really getting into it. Yeah the battles between the mistborn become an actionfest but I found myself NOT rolling my eyes but instead sitting at the edge of my seat.

    The plot twist near the end is quite good and well thought out. And I found even my cynical middle agedness giving in to the innocent romance.

    Overall a very good book. I don't think you'll be disappointed....more info
  • Best in a while
    This story has enough depth to be really satisfying, yet moves quickly enough not to bog down. I'd consider it a must-read, and an excellent entry point for someone new to fantasy....more info
  • Mistborn: The Final Empire
    What a great book! I couldn't put it down. The sci-fi world created in this book seemed real to me. Well-developed characters. Fantastic twisted plot, lots of fun. ...more info
  • really good
    the mood and tone of the work as a whole is very potent, and the world and setting sanderson created in this book is really awesome.
    the characters are for the most part round and well-made. kelsier is incredible, and the Lord Ruler is portrayed in perfect mystery.
    the magic system is also really incredible.
    though a little corny at times, like the excessive use of the word "insane", this book was really enjoyable.
    i wish they hadnt changed the cover art when they switched to paperback.
    but yeah, 5 stars. i loved this book.

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  • A great book for anyone who is serious about fantasy
    I picked up Brandon's books in an attempt to learn about his writing, as I'd heard he would be finishing the Wheel of Time series. I was nervous, and went into it with my standards set high.

    I came out of it extremely pleased and no longer worried about what would happen to Wheel of Time at all. There were several things I liked about this book and the series in general.

    -The magic system is amazing. Seriously amazing. It's new, which is always nice in the fantasy market, where everything tends to get reused.
    -The characters are very believable. They act as fits their personality, and don't do anything that someone with their character traits wouldn't do just because it's convenient.
    -The world is described in great detail, which allows you to immerse yourself and really imagine the story taking place.
    -Though it is the first in a trilogy, it gives enough resolution to be very satisfying and leaves the reader wanting more.

    Cons: There are some characters who do not get as much screen time as I would like.These characters are developed further in the second book in the series.
    -It took me a few chapters to get really involved, though I was interested right from the start.

    Overall, one of my favorites, and definitely a keeper. I'd recommend it to anyone, but especially to fans of Robert Jordan, George R R Martin, Robin Hobb, and Terry Pratchett. ...more info
  • Great Book
    This is one of the best books I read in a while. The new creative twist in regards to magic and characters gets you hooked. The story moves at a good pace developing characters and the story line, detail rich without being boring. Well done... ...more info
  • Marvelously done!
    Mistborn: The Final Empire is, to put it simply, the best fantasy novel I've read in years. The story of a dismal world in which the prophesied hero was defeated and the people subjugated by a dark lord for centuries, it tells the tale of the newest revolution against the oppressive and greatly feared Lord Ruler by the lowly skaa.

    Sanderson did a marvelous job of creating a unique and interesting world, with an especially promising new system of magic powered by metal - this was particularly inventive and superbly utilized. The reader is drawn into the setting by the masterful descriptions and excellent narrative voice woven into the story by the author. The action sequences occur infrequently enough to keep from being overwhelming, but also often enough to add an excellent feeling of tension and danger. Not only are they well-paced, they're expressed in such a clear way as to evoke a vivid picture in the mind of what is happening.

    The characters were both realistically complex and easy to relate to, with well-developed personalities and believable emotions. As the plot develops the reader plumbs their depths and they become more and more real. Interactions are alternately tense, tender, and revealing, all coming together to form a strong web of human connections the likes of which any author would aspire to create.

    In the end, there is suitable closure but a definite opening for the next two books in the trilogy. One could almost read this as a stand-alone novel, though after becoming so invested in the characters and the story I can't see why anyone wouldn't want to keep reading.

    Mistborn: The Final Empire is highly thoughtful, meticulously crafted, and an extremely enjoyable read. I would recommend it not merely to fantasy lovers, but to readers new to the genre who deserve a good first impression....more info
  • Thoroughly enjoyable read
    This book deserves more than a four-star rating, but not quite a five. I totally enjoyed this book, and would've given it a five-star rating if the ending had one less twist to it. I've asked my husband to get me the next book in this series for Christmas. Mr. Sanderson has created characters that are engaging and real. It's jam packed with action, but it's not overwhelming. It's a keeper....more info
  • A bit of a lengthy letdown, Vin would have been a better main character
    Bottom Line: Try before you buy
    So, I've never read Sanderson before, nor did I know about him finishing Jordan's (Wheel of Time series) last novel until after I had already bought the book.
    Started the book, was very impressed with the world building, and thought the use of metals was an interesting twist of the use of magic. But after a while, the book got kinda...boring, meaning it was taking forever to go anywhere that captured my attention...to the point I put the book down and left it there twice (almost wasn't going to pick up back up).
    When I finally started reading again, I skimmed ahead and discovered the story got a lot better when Vin was sent to act as part of a House member, just took way to long to get her to that point..like FOREVER. The book should have started there because it was the most interesting part of the story, and the part of the story where the real action begins, to me. And the most interesting character, was really Vin. She should have been the focus of the whole story, and her plight being caught up in Kelsier's war. Most interesting relationship, was Vin and Elend. Too bad there wasn't a whole gosh darn darn more of them, and the tension between them weaved and dragged out in the story.
    If you enjoy really detailed world building, and you don't mind the story being dragged out, then maybe you'll like this book.
    If you need a little more action and movement in your stories, with a great character to follow, maybe pass on this one.
    Lorna Freeman, E.E. Knight, Holly Lisle are much better for adventure fantasy....more info
  • Pretty Good Book
    "Mistborn" is the 2nd novel by Brandon Sanderson and the first of his "Final Empire" trilogy (The Final Empire (Mistborn, Book 1), The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, Book 2), The Hero of Ages: Book Three of Mistborn). Similar to the other two of Sanderson's books I've read (Elantris and Warbreaker), the world, the magic system, and the idea, itself, are very good. Unfortunately, there's one area where "Mistborn" is a bit lacking: the characterizations. The two main characters (Vin and Kelsier) are fairly decently fleshed-out. But, the remaining characters are left almost entirely undeveloped. Also, in the society Sanderson has built, I can't see how ANY of these characters could even exist: with no education or other social support structure, they're ALL, somehow, fully capable of blending in and socializing with the upper crust. This is especially obvious with Vin. She's only in her mid-teens, has specifically received absolutely no education, and has been living as a thief without even parental upbringing (though her brother did try beating some behavior patterns into her) since she was about five. Yet, with a couple of weeks of tutoring, she's able to pass herself off at, essentially, royal balls. Even Henry Higgins required several months to do something similar.

    Regardless of the problems with characterizations, I did find the book interesting to read and would have liked to have given it an additional half star. But, Amazon doesn't have that ability. So, I'm rating it an OK 3 stars out of 5....more info
  • Masterful characterization that truly ropes you in
    I was drawn to Brandon Sanderson's books, as likely many of you were/are, because of his selection to finish the Wheel of Time series. I am happy to say that after reading Elantris and the first book and a half of The Mistborn Trilogy I believe Brandon is an excellent choice to conclude the series (while no one can ever replace Robert Jordan, I believe that in Mr. Sanderson we have a worthy successor). This tale of an immortal god/ruler and his empire and the people that would overthrow it is a fascinating read, pulling you in from the beginning and keeping your mind wandering back to the book whenever something manages to pull you away. His pacing is excellent, mixing just the right amount of description and characterization with action, while he delves deep into the emotions and personalities of each of the main characters the story never seems to drag and it is easy to forget that you are reading as you see the tale woven in your mind. With the passing of Mr. Jordan I have now found a worthy man to call my favorite living author....more info
  • One of the Best ever . . .
    This book, and the series as a whole, is one of the best (if not the best) I have read. Great characters, a steady plot, original magic and a world that seams plausible. I was reminded of afantasy version of Star Wars as I was reading this book. I highly recommend it....more info
  • Original and well done
    Sanderson's second book is as original and inventive as the first, Elantris.
    In this book, he brings an original magic system, original setting, and an original idea: what if the bad guy wins? Though some of the character development is lacking, the overall grittiness of the setting and plot and the cleverness of the magic system easily make up for it. Personally, I didn't like the second book as much, till the end, but this and the third installment are very well done.
    Also, Sanderson was chosen by Harriet McDougal, Robert Jordan's wife, to complete the Wheel of Time, so you know he's good in someone else's eyes, too....more info
  • amazing
    To be honest I bought this book because all the good reviews Elantris had and so I thought it could be as good... When I started reading, I saw that it was really good and got even better as I started to get deeper and be more involved with the story... This is a great book for any fantasy lover, for someone that wants not only fantasy but some political and real life situations!! i really recommend this book you will enjoy it as much as i did, and trust me when it ends you'll want to keep on reading...more info
  • One of the most creative books in the genre
    The best thing about Mistborn is the basic premise. A great many epic fantasies (most? all?) follow the same general idea: the end of the world is coming due to some sort of great evil, and one man or woman is prophesized to stop that evil. Mistborn basically starts a thousand years after that prophesized hero failed. The grey and ash-covered world is ruled by The Lord Ruler, an evil immortal "god." Man is more or less separated into two groups: noblemen and the skaa, who are slaves to the noblemen. The idea is that the noblemen are descendents of The Lord Ruler's supporters right around when the world ended, and the skaa are...everyone else. Some of the noblemen are born with magic powers, referred to as Allomancy that works by swallowing different metals that the person "burns" to release the magic. An Allomancer who can burn one metal is called a Misting; an Allomancer who can burn all ten Allomancy metals is called a Mistborn (you either can burn one or all of them). Occasionally, due to noblemen fraternizing with their slaves, skaa are born with Allomancy. They are hunted by the book's version of the Gestapo, called Obligators and Inquistors. The first book in this series follows Vin, a young girl skaa who has been a part of an underground skaa thieving group. She gets noticed by Kelsier, a Mistborn from an elite underground skaa thieving group, who discovered his powers are suffering in, and escaping, the Lord Ruler's most brutal prison. Kelsier realizes that Vin is also a Mistborn and recruits her to be part of his plan to overthrow The Final Empire and free the skaa. Vin, however, has been terribly abused during her times on the street and is reluctant to trust Kelsier, or anyone.

    I would say this book's greatest flaw is that sometimes the characters are a little clich¨¦d and stereotypical, Vin especially. Kelsier is definitely more interesting--he is greatly flawed as the "hero" figure with a tendency toward fundamentalism and egocentrism.

    With that said, I think everything else about this book was fantastic. The plot moves relatively quickly, despite the fact that the characters can be clich¨¦, you still care about them and what happens to them, and the plot twists are not always foreseeable from a mile away (unlike, say, in Eragon). I heard some people complain about the dialogue, but I'm usually remarkably sensitive to bad dialogue, and it never bothered me once in this book. I agree that Vin sounds a bit too educated for an orphaned street urchin, but I can allow for artistic license there so that Vin can still be an engaging protagonist.

    This is, without a doubt, one of the most creative books I've read in the genre. By the time you get to the end, you'll question basically every tenet you believed to be sacred to the field of epic fantasy.
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  • Excellent!!
    I was very impressed with this book! I won't repeat the synopsis as so many have done a great job at that already. This was a fun and interesting read. It was unique, but if I had to compare it to others in the genre it would be something like "if Gene Wolfe wrote the Belgariad" or something vague but interesting like that. Hmmm...or maybe "a Marvel comics version of the Wheel of Time". The imagery was great and I could almost see the graphic novel version as I was reading.

    Since the sequels are out for Kindle now....I'm off to pick those up too!...more info
  • Just wow!
    After reading Elantris, it was easy to see that Sanderson is an author to be reckoned with. Mistborn only further supported that notion. After reading these books, by girlfriend told me that I absolutely had to read them and they were some of her favorites to date. Now usually when something is really hyped up to me, it tends to fall short after I experience it. This was not so with this trilogy. The world that is created in Mistborn is given the kind of attention and thought that Tolkien gave his world (not quite as deep and detailed, but on its way). I felt such an attachment to Vin and Kelsier, it was hard to imagine that there were only three books in this series. I felt like just as much happened in these three books than a few 10 book series that are out there, an without missing any of the rich detail that has become a staple of the fantasy genre.
    Elements such as the presence that Kelsier has throughout all three books is what keeps me in awe even after I have finished reading. These characters do not even exist, yet I feel like I would jump right into the crew and lay down my life for all those involved. Spectacular stories, and each as good as the next. As a reader you will never begin to expect the directions that Sanderson takes you. What a journey! A must read. ...more info
  • Intriguing characters as well as magic and history--a good one
    The Lord Ruler is immortal--everyone knows that. They also know he harbors a grudge against the Skaa--the ordinary people of the land, and remembers the nobility--descendents of those who helped him in the early days of the Final Empire--fondly. Although the Lord Ruler is said to be a god, the Skaa continue to rebell--without much success or hope. When the Skaa rebellion hires an elite thief, one with the Mistborn talents reserved to the nobility and the Lord Ruler only, the rebellion takes a more serious role.

    Since her brother abandoned her, Vin has worked for a thief guild. She uses the hint of talent she calls 'luck' to protect the guild and sway suckers into falling into the scams and deceptions on which the thieves depend. But when her guild leader goes too far and tries to scam the Iron Ministry of the Final Empire, she becomes hunted by the Empire--and swept up in the rebellion.

    Trained by Kelsier, lead thief, Vin learns that her 'luck' is really Allomancy--a kind of magic based on the 'burning' (digestion?) of metals. Becoming a part of the rebellion gives Vin the family she's always wanted, but also puts her in horrible danger.

    MISTBORN represents a major step forward for author Brandon Sanderson's dealing with characters. Rather than the semi-perfect characters of his earlier novel, ELANTRIS, Sanderson gives us complex and flawed characters, rich world-building and an intriguing magical system.

    MISTBORN is not flawless. I would have liked more explanation of how Allomancy evolved, what, exactly, the nobles are, and a better explanation of why the Lord Ruler did what he did. Perhaps, however, these questions will be answered in later volumes in the series. Overall, MISTBORN is a huge and complex novel--and well worth the read.
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  • Highly Entertaining, Unusual yet Familiar
    Mistborn, Final Empire is the first of three Mistborn books. There are three books, but (as is occasionally the case with the first volume of a trilogy) this volume stands very nicely on its own.

    This first volume is Brandon Sanderson's second published work, and it is a phenomenal early work. It is a strong, excellent work.

    Sanderson prides himself on the creation of new and unique magic systems. He also likes to write magic systems with strong rules; as he says, it gives the work a "grittier" feel. "Grittier" is definitely an appropriate word to use.

    Yet, unlike some "grittier" fantasy, it didn't come across as obsessively gory or profane. (Think George R. R. Martin)

    The magic system in Mistborn is very unique, and very well thought out. Magic can participate in the plot in a very important way, and yet it is entirely understandable and believable -- because of how well-crafted the magic system is and how well the reader can understand it.

    The plot reveals a few of the bones of the underlying archetype, yes, but it puts some interesting "meat" on them.

    My biggest complaint is that sometimes the characters are too precise in their self-analysis. Yes, I understand that some of the characters are very introspective. Actually, most of the time it's wonderful. But every once-in-a-while, one of the characters (usually Vin) thinks just a bit too clearly about her own motivations. When this happens, it feels like Sanderson himself stepping into the novel and telling us something directly, and a few times it pulled me out of the story for a moment.

    I still give this entry the full 5 stars, and I heartily recommend that you buy and read it.

    Afterward, visit Sanderson's website, because he has "bonus features" on his website for the book. He includes a few "deleted scenes" and annotations for every chapter. They tell you what he was thinking as he wrote, what he was trying to accomplish, and sometimes lets you read multiple versions of a passage that came from earlier drafts....more info
  • one of my favorites
    I'm a very picky person when comes down to books, so after looking for a good read for hours, right before leaving the library I came across this book, Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson, if it hadn't been for its cover I probably would have never noticed it, and I know they say don't "Don't judge a book by its cover" but boy were they wrong about this one, after sitting down and reading the first chapter I was almost completely sure that Mistborn would fall into my top 5 books, just like its cover, a great book, it had some flaws, but small things compare to the genies work Brandon had done with the main characters and magic system, after reading the hall book I felt like a 5 year old wishing Pok¨¦mon were real. Brandon elaborated on the magic system and on the ash covered world so well every time I picked it up it completely swallowed my for hours. In all a great book, and after reading the 2nd book of the series, Brandon became one of my favorite authors.
    I thank god Brandon picked such a good cover artist, or I would have never read this piece of art.
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  • An awesome book by a talented newcomer
    Having picked up 'Mistborn' on a whim, I was pleasantly surprised with what I found.

    What I liked:

    -The undeniably original magic system. It shows a depth of creativity that is truly admirable in the admittedly well-plumbed depths of the epic fantasy genre.
    - The amount of twists contained in the book, especially at the end. The author really kept me guessing.
    -The fact that Sanderson didn't stretch himself. Most of the book takes place in one city, showing that the author exercised restraint in wanting to explore his vast world. Instead of developing many locations with little detail, he developed one location with a vast amount of detail.

    What I disliked:

    -Vin perpetuates the classic fantasy-story protagonist cliche: becoming too good at things too fast. She basically masters Allomancy within the period of a year and becomes a believable noble after a few weeks of training.
    -There was a lot of places where the story becomes mired by too much dialogue that does too little to progress the story. These parts really dragged for me.

    In conclusion:

    The book, though not without its flaws, shows a lot of promise not only for this series but for the work that the author will give us in the future. Given time to hone his skills, Sanderson could easily become one of the giants of epic fantasy.

    Looking forward to book two!...more info
  • Mistborn of Brilliance
    Okay, maybe using the word brilliance was a little over the top. But Mistborn is definately a must read novel.

    Vin is a street urchin, making a living by surviving, until one day she is rescued by Kelsier. He and his companions show her what it is like to trust and be trusted, something she had been steadfastly trained was impossible. During all of this the crew works together to bring down the Lord Ruler, an evil man beyond compare. He rules with a ruthless iron fist. His whim is law.

    In the end Sanderson throws in a twist that would make any writer envy. Mistborn is not a book to be missed. It's no wonder that Robert Jordan's wife insisted that he be the one to write the final Wheel of Time book. Sanderson has a flare that can only make Jordan's series better.

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  • Loved it!
    I first heard of the author as "The Guy Who is Finishing Wheel of Time" as a fan of the WoT series I was curious about the author who was deemed worthy to fill those big shoes.

    I bought Elantris and plowed through that book, the story was thrilling and captivating and even though it ended conclusively (no dangling plot-lines ... pet-peeve of mine when no sequel is planned) I still wanted more of that world.

    I bought the 2 available Mistborn books as soon as I finished the last page of Elantris and found this world to be even more unique and enthralling. I am eagerly awaiting book 3 or the Mistborn series and am on the edge of my seat to see what Sanderson does with WoT.

    About the book: I don't want to give any spoilies but suffice it to say this world was totally unique. I have read a lot of fantasy and sci-fi and have never seen anyone else work up such a completely new set of "magic" powers and rules.

    The characters felt real and while I didn't always like how they reacted to certain situations the reactions were always believable.

    Worth the read and then some!...more info
  • Great read
    It started slow, but it built to a great conclusion. I am looking forward to the other two novels....more info
  • Fantastic Fantasy
    I cannot sing enough praises for this book. Of course, it has its flaws, among them over-explanation. The originality in its magic and setting more than outweigh any faults the book has.

    If you like fantasy, read this book....more info
  • Great book...
    I really enjoyed Elantris by Brandon Sanderson so I looked into Sanderson's other books. The Final Empire was an excellent book I'm glad that I looked into Sanderson's other books. At first the book seemed a little cheesy with the metal burning but as the story progressed the characters grew on me. The action is very entertaining with the superhuman abilities that the metal burning provides. I really enjoyed The Final Empire. I look forward to the other books in the series....more info
  • Right up there with Martin, Erikson, Keyes, and Gemmell there's Sanderson
    After reading the first 4 epic novels of the Malazan Empire by Stephen Erikson (GREAT!), I decided before the next I would try out a new author. And who better than the guy chosen to finish the Wheel of Time series. My decision between Elantris and Mistborn was a hard one, but since the bookstore only had Mistborn, I got that one. This guy can write his butt off! The characterizations in his book are so believeable, I found myself saying, "NO!" and "OH HECK!" It's rare to find a good book that brings out emotions in you, like watching a thrilling movie. But this book draws you in, makes you an observer to the scene, and has you crying out as if you're there. (Ever watch Wheel of Fortune, know what the phrase is and yell it to the TV screen???) Yep. That's what you'll do here. One of the best, and just bought book 2 yesterday. Yeah!!!!...more info
  • Take a Chance
    In reading the synopsis of this book it didn't sound very interesting to me. The sample chapter also didn't really sell me on this book. The whole burning metal thing seemed to be a stretch. Because of Amazons four for three deal and the fact that I really enjoyed Elantris by Sanderson I gave this book a try. I must say that I found the whole magic system interesting and I was really glad that I bought this book. The only bad thing is due to my lack of confidence I now have to wait for book two to show up to continue the story. I hope you give this a chance too. It really is an enjoyable read. ...more info
  • Excellent novel
    You are going to want all 3 books in this series. They are wonderfully written and I am now a fan of Sanderson's work....more info
  • Enjoyed this series
    I was browsing through the Amazon site...following threads and recommendations from other books when I came across this series of books. I had a new Kindle and was going on vacation, and wanted to take some light reading along. This was a great choice.

    I enjoyed this book so much I quickly ordered the second and third books in the series. I love this writer's style, and the characters he has created here.

    Very satisfying series of books, and I look forward to reading other books from this author. I'm a new fan....more info
  • What a great begining!
    MISTBORN is an original take on an often over done genre. Brandon Sanderson did a wonderful job in creating this new world with new magic and enough common elements that the reader is not lost, yet enough intrigue to keep your attention peaked. I will definitly be buying the next book of the series for this one! Way to go!...more info
  • Great imagination, good writing
    I've been keeping an eye out for this author's novels, because he's the guy writing the 12th book of the Wheel of Time from Robert Jordan's notes. I wanted to see if he had the authorial chops to handle the task he's taken on.

    Short answer: Maybe.

    Mistborn was really good; apart from the whole WoT thing, Sanderson is definitely an author I'd want to keep up with. The concept was brilliant: the idea that this novel takes places a thousand years after the great hero, the chosen one, comes to save the world -- and fails. One of the best parts was the characters' belief that he must have succeeded, because the world hasn't been destroyed -- but it's so dystopian and nasty that the reader has to wonder if, in fact, the world has been largely destroyed, and they just don't know any better. A wonderful starting point.

    The positives: the writing was strong, though a bit plain; the magic system and the world were outstanding, one of the best fantasy settings I've seen in a while -- comparable in some ways with WoT, which is probably why he was tapped to write Book 12. The concept is that there is an absolute dictatorship ruling this world, a single world-spanning empire with an immortal god-king at the head. The world has turned ugly, with volcanoes spewing a constant stream of ash and smoke into the sky, blocking most of the sun's rays and leaving the people with brown plants and a world coated in black ash, which falls like rain. The empire has divided people into nobility and peasants, and the peasants suffer just as they did in the feudal system of the Middle Ages: they exist only to serve the nobility, who slaughter them wholesale just for amusement, and who work very hard to crush their spirits, mostly with great success.

    The book is about a group of people, thieves, who try to organize an uprising in order to overthrow the all-powerful emperor, slaughter the nobles, and free the people -- and make themselves impossibly rich in the process. The cast of characters were mostly good, though some of the secondary characters were a bit cliche -- a soldier who tries to think like a philosopher, but honestly, his philosophical questions are a bit ho-hum (The best one was: if the Lord Ruler is actually a piece of God, as his reputation has it, then doesn't his divinity make his actions morally right, and thus make our insurrection the wrong thing to do?), and then there are the overweight bombastic politico, the quiet organizer, and the cantankerous old man. But the main characters were much better, and the magic system -- which is based around metals, which the magic-users ingest and then "burn" to gain magical powers -- was both subtle and intricate, as well as being basically straightforward and easy to follow.

    The plot was great, though again, there were little cliche moments that irritated me slightly -- I could have done without the love interest, for one, as the lowborn main character falls for the one noble with a heart of gold. But the ending was outstanding, and the image of the villains -- the Inquisitors, horribly powerful, immortal servants of the Lord Ruler -- was inspired: instead of eyes, they have steel spikes driven through their heads, with the tips protruding from the backs of their skulls and the square ends of the spikes right where their eyes should be. That was fantastic.

    So basically, Sanderson has the imagination to keep up with the Wheel of Time, but not really the storytelling skills, at least not in this book. Unfortunately, the imaginative parts of WoT are already done for him, so this doesn't play to his strengths. I'm hoping his other books show better writing....more info
  • Modern fantasy masterpiece
    This is an absolutely excellent piece of modern fantasy that rivals Martin and Hobb. Sanderson absolutely hits a grand slam with the first novel in his trilogy.

    What is so good about it?

    1.) The magic system is coherent and constant. His rules of Allomancy are very in depth and well thought out; they are consistent and the imagery used to describe it all left me with a lot to picture and imagine in my mind. It would make for a hell of a good video game. Excellent job on the magic system.

    2.) His descriptions of using Allomancy are very vivid. He sticks to his own rules and describes the fight scenes involving Allomancy run like a movie. It is very well described.

    3.) The main character developes really well. Vin's character development is 2nd to none including the works of Hobb, Martin, and the first few Jordan books. Excellent work on imerssive and enjoyable main characters.

    4.) Excellent pacing. This book doesn't drag at any point. I put the book down each evening excited to get home from work and pick it up again. His description give excellent detail and not oppressive, unlike some other fantasy authors.

    5.) Ties up a lot of loose ends. I think a lot of fans can really appriciate an author that cleans up his own story. Sanderson ends the book explaining almost everything except a few historical plot points, a perfect spring board into his next novel.

    Summary: Sanderson has done a tremendous job on the first book in his Mistborn series and I am very eager to start the next one!...more info
  • Good experience
    I got the book soon after I ordered it and it was in the exact condition that they described. The price was good too. Who could ask for better service?...more info
  • Not cookie cutter. Thank God!
    Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson is an excellent fantasy novel that was hard to put down. I, like many others, wanted to see what the author who was going to finish Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series was all about. I have to say he didn't dissapoint.

    Excellent read. I couldn't put the book down. What makes this book so successful IMOP is the history. History is essential to any good fantasy story and its impact on the characters in the present is what drives the story.

    If you want an enjoyable, fast paced, and "new" epic fantasy you need to read this novel. Read Elantris as well. Fantastic!...more info
  • Such Uniqueness!
    In the fantasy field where uniqueness is rare, Mistborn is a trilogy where uniqueness is ubiquitous.

    There were moments of incredible intensity that made my heart pound twice as fast, and there were moments of sadness and melancholy that gave me tears. The ending, however, follows the excellent tradition of "happy" endings but with more to come.

    It is rare for an author to give you so many questions in one book, yet answer them so perfectly in the second (while raising more), which are ultimately satisfyingly answered in the third.

    Buy it!!!...more info
  • a clear classic [no spoilers]
    "Mistborn: The Final Empire" begins a fantastic fantasy trilogy established in a distinctive world. The author supplies all the aspects necessary for a superb novel, an overpowering tyrant, the oppressed masses, political scheming, well-developed and balanced magic, a host of appealing characters, and disturbing bad guys. The storyline flows at an addicting pace, delivering the different forms of magic and reasonable action while addressing political tensions at the appropriate times.

    The book focuses between two characters. The young Vin, a destitute yet gifted Skaa in a thieving crew and abandoned by her brother, must fend for herself. The other is the methodical Kelsier, formerly a crew leader and prisoner, now a powerful Skaa Mistborn. Kelsier has ambitions to overthrow the Lord Ruler, an omnipotent godlike ruler, and recruits various individuals to support his plans.

    Other than Vin grasping concepts and skills a little too easily, she's a viable heroine. While Kelsier may have a master plan, events force him to adapt the plan accordingly by making the best of an otherwise bad situation.

    A comprehensive appendix including characters and their abilities would have been useful. Also check out the author's web page at http://www.brandonsanderson.com/ for excellent inside information and deleted scenes (he provides warnings before any spoilers).

    I highly recommend this series to any fan of the fantasy genre.

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  • Two words: Buy it!
    After reading Brandon Sanderson's debut, Elantris, I was compelled to read his other works. The first entry in the trilogy, Mistborn, has not disappointed in the least. In the Final Empire, you'll find a stirring tale of a broken world where humanity lives in constant fear, subjugated by the fallen hero from a desperate era. The cruelty of this mad emperor creates a new hero with one purpose - to destroy him. Brandon Sanderson is one of the most creative fantasy writers I have seen in a long time, and this book tackles class-warfare and reverses the traditional fantasy archetype of the Hero's Journey. If you enjoy fare a little bit more complicated than dragons and princesses, this book is for you....more info


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