The Final Empire: Mistborn Book One Paperback – 1 Oct 2009
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Brandon Sanderson grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University and lives, with his wife, in Utah. His Mistborn trilogy has become an international publishing success.
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The book is set in a world where ash falls from the sky and which is ruled by a ruthless lord who called himself God. Society is divided between noblemen and skaa. While the noblemen live in luxury, the skaa are treated as less-than-slaves. Now Kelsier, the leader of a crew of skaa thieves, is set out to change things. To make the world better.
I love everything about this book. I love the writing, the characters, the relationships between the characters, the story and, most of all, the world.
The concept of Allomancy, a power that can only be found in one of noble blood, is so incredibly awesome and done is such a brilliant way that I can't not be blown away by it. The world building been is done really, really well and the world itself is fascinating.
The book has two protagonists. One is Kelsier, who is so elusive and has so many layers that even though almost half the book is from his perspective (third-person), we're still not sure what he's up to. He has a saying "There's always another secret." and it is very true in his case.
The other protagonist is Vin. She's a young girl who has spent her life on the streets, being abused by her brother who also abandoned her. Safe to say, she has trust issues. She was a strong character who developed a lot throughout the book. I loved her and Kelsier's father-daughter like dynamic.
Overall, this book is amazing and I highly recommend reading it. It's a must-read. It might wreck you emotions like it did mine, but it'll be worth it.
The concept of Allomancy was really unique. I loved the way it was explained gradually, if we learned few things by the story/narration then some of it was explained by the characters themselves. It is far better than dumping the huge pile of information in introduction pages or try to explain everything at once. I think that was the reason the 10th metal (or 11th for that matter) and Feruchemy became much more impressive.
As I said earlier, I absolutely loved the characters. Every character, no matter how small or big they were, had their own importance and they made the story what it is. I don't know why but Kell and Marsh somehow reminded me of Logan and Victor from the X-Men movie series. The character of Vin and her inner conflicts were described beautifully. Another character I really liked was of Sazed, I really hope reading more about him in next parts.
Similarly the narration was brilliant; especially the logbook part was really fascinating. There were certain events described so effectively that they literally gave me Goosebumps and then there were some others which made me sad or angry to the core. This proves the brilliance of Sanderson. The pre-climax part was as insane as kelsier himself was but I found the climax quite simple and plain. Maybe that was the beauty of it; it was so simple that no one saw it coming. But there are still few mysteries left and I can only imagine how they would reveal themselves in next part. I finished the novel quicker than my usual speed and now I am really looking forward to second part with a lot of expectations.
Overall I think it's a book that quite a few fantasy lovers will appreciate because of its uniqueness.
This story takes place in luthadel which is the capital ( sort of ) of the final empire. It is a world where Ash fell from sky and the mists cover the night. The Lord ruler who is the main villain of this book rules the final empire who is a tyrant.
Kelsier who is the main hero decides to overthrow the final empire and defeat the Lord ruler.
Vin on the other is a girl who lives in the streets who also a mistborn but she doesn't knows it.
This is the things you need to know before reading the book.
This trilogy contains the best magic system in fantasy I have seen so far. It is called as allomancy where you can injust metals and the metals gives you various types of abilities.
There are so many twists and turns that you will NOT see it coming! Brandon is a legend in world building and in magic systems. You will think that what you think will happen and then BAM! Plot twist!
It is action packed , humorous , emotional ,etc. It's a complete story with complete package of what ever u expect. So go for it and be amazed!
The book ends up with in a way that you can actually take some time off reading the second book (Although once you will start reading the second book, you can not put it aside).
Sanderson's First Law:
"An author's ability to solve conflict satisfactorily with magic is directly proportional to how well the reader understands said magic."
Take it slow, read it when you really want it. You will find the Mistborn world amazing. :)
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