Friday, January 1, 2010

Mistborn (The Final Empire): By Brandon Sanderson

Mistborn (The Final Empire)


The Mists rule the night.

The Lord Ruler owns the world.

Once, a hero arose to save the world. A young man with a mysterious heritage courageously challenged the darkness that strangled the land.

He failed

For a thousand yeas since, the world has been a wasteland of ash and mist ruled by the immortal emperor known as the Lord Ruler. Every revolt has failed miserably.

Yet somehow, hope survives. Hope that dares to dream of ending the empire and even the Lord Ruler himself. A new kind of uprising is being planned, one built around the ultimate caper, one that depends on the cunning of a brilliant criminal mastermind and the determination of an unlikely heroine, a street urchin who must learn to master Allomancy, the power of a Misterborn.


I first read Brandon Sanderson’s book Mistborn (The Final Empire) after working at Tor this summer. I had heard Sanderson’s name thrown around before then, when he was chosen to finish the Wheel of Time series, but I’d never read anything by him. Now I know not reading it was an egregious mistake, luckily I’ve since happily rectified that mistake.

Mistborn is the first book in Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy and revolves around a young mistborn named Vin. In Sanderson’s universe a mistborn is a person who can control the different magical properties of metals, and is very rare. The story itself begins with Kelsier, the charismatic leader who went through the hellish mines of Hathsin and came out a full mistborn, destroying an entire plantation single handedly. From here Kelsier discovers and adopts Vin, teaching her how to control her powers. Needless to say from this point on in the book there is nonstop action filled with intricate twists and turns. But this book isn’t just a mindless book of action and violence, it is instead a delicate mixture of subterfuge and memorable characters. I wont mention more about the plot of the book for fear of ruining the surprises held within, but I will say that this is a must read for any fantasy fan. Overall a great book.


Publisher: Tor Fantasy

Published: July 31, 2007

Price: $7.99

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