Title: Mistborn: The Final Empire
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages: 659 Pages
Published: July 17th, 2006
I cannot believe that it has taken me this long to review this book, because I have been talking about it non-stop on this blog since finishing it. Well, almost two months later and here I am, sharing my thoughts with you.
In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with color once more?
In Brandon Sanderson’s intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage — Allomancy, a magic of the metals.
This is the first book in Sanderson’s Mistborn Series. I actually learned of this series before I joined the book community through my cousin and a good friend. Both of them recommended this book to me, and I was definitely intrigued after learning that there would be heist elements. I tried not to get too excited about the heist elements, because I did that for Six of Crows and was let down (at least in the heist department). I was expecting to enjoy this book, but I was not expecting to be absolutely blown away by it.
Everyone raves about Sanderson’s writing and world building for a reason. This was my first experience reading an adult fantasy novel, and I was definitely intimidated. High fantasy is something I recently have gotten into, plus the book is huge (my copy was 659 pages)! I was worried I would be overwhelmed by everything and majorly struggle through it. However, Sanderson builds his world and magic system so well that at no point did I feel lost. Everything made sense and I could actually see this magic system being a real thing. It was so believable and cool. On top of that, he knows how to craft an intense plot and develop an awesome team of characters.
If you know me, you know that I’m a sucker for a good team and ensemble cast. This book gave me a team that I could root for and get behind. Sanderson has a lot of characters in this book, but he balances them extremely well. They are all well developed and distinct. Some of my favorite characters included Ham, Elend, and our course Vin. I really related to Vin, and seeing her learn allomancy and navigate the dark side of Luthadel was cool. The way she grows as a character in this book was well executed and a ton of fun to read.
Well developed characters don’t always equal a good plot and interesting plot in books. When we talk about them they’re either character driven or plot driven. That is not the case with this book! The plot is intricate and action packed. I had a hard time putting this book down when I was reading it, because things got so intense. I needed to know what was going to happen next and it kept me on the edge of my seat. There were also some really surprising twists, that I was not expecting at all! It’s hard to completely take me by surprise, but this book did that! My God, I’m still not over it. It was also really well paced, at no point did I think it dragged. Maybe the beginning, but I credit that more to getting used to the world.
I thought that the heist aspects of this novel were well executed. I’m a sucker for anything involving heists or thieves, it has made me a little critical when this premise is used. However, I thought Sanderson used these elements to his advantage. I really enjoyed how he used the heist structure to introduce his characters and shape the plot. I think the structure allowed for the twists to have a stronger impact. It worked for me and I think these elements definitely made me fall in love with the book even more.
Honestly, this book has become a new favorite. I loved everything about it. It made me laugh, cry, swoon, and even shout at it. It was just all around excellent, and had everything that I wanted in a book. I cannot wait to read the sequel. I’m waiting until I visit my friend who has completed this series to start it, so that I can talk to him about it. If you’re looking for a damn good story, I recommend picking this up. If you love fantasy and have not read this yet, what are you doing? Go read this now! If you’re not a big fantasy fan, I still think you will enjoy this!
If you’ve read this book, I would love to hear your opinions on it! Did you love it or hate it? Were the twists as shocking to you as they were to me? Please let me know down in the comment section below.