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Mistborn : Final Empire Series (Book #1) (Mistborn, Book 1) (original 2006; edition 2007)

by Brandon Sanderson

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Title:Mistborn : Final Empire Series (Book #1) (Mistborn, Book 1)
Authors:Brandon Sanderson
Info:Tor Fantasy (2007), Mass Market Paperback, 672 pages
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Rating:****
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Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (2006)

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    The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch (fyrefly98, souloftherose)
    souloftherose: Although the authors have different writing styles, both are epic fantasy books with a caper/heist/team of thieves at their centre
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  3. 40
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    Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson (leahsimone)
  5. 30
    The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima (foggidawn)
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    The Dragon's Path by Daniel Abraham (ajwseven)
  7. 10
    Seeker by Arwen Dayton (kgriffith)
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    Son of Avonar by Carol Berg (Konran)
  9. 32
    Dune by Frank Herbert (wvlibrarydude)
    wvlibrarydude: Substance gives power to individual. Lots of political intrigue with interesting characters.
  10. 46
    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Katya0133)
    Katya0133: The tone of these two books is very different, but they way Katniss looked at the world, specifically the way she couldn't understand kindness as a motivation, reminded me of Vin in the first Mistborn book.
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I enjoyed the first half of the book and would've been content giving it a 4-star rating. That was until I reached the second half of the book, which gripped me. Sanderson does a great job of creating a world--and especially the two main characters--that you actually care about, which is why I obsessively flew through the latter portion. I had to see how things ended.

That is the primary reason I gave The Final Empire five stars. Sanderson is a gifted writer, but his talent doesn't primarily lie in his ability to paint a picture of stunning detail through his words. Rather, his brilliance is seen in the detail given to the various magic systems that are present in the story. These aren't your typical systems of spells that are so prevalent in fantasy fiction, but Allomancy (the name of Sanderson's magical system) is based on the internal burning of various metals that cause separate effects. (I know it sounds strange, but it's enjoyably different.) On top of that, Sanderson does a great job of creating an atmosphere of mystery and tension as the plot progresses.

This is a very promising start to a series, which I highly recommend to all fans of fantasy fiction. ( )
  codyacunningham | May 9, 2016 |
Wow. What a great book. The ending was amazing, the magic was like I've never read about before and the most of the characters were well rounded. Excited to start the next one. ( )
  thefamousmoe | May 1, 2016 |
A 5 star fantasy novel. Sanderson does it again with great plotting and a truly amazing world.
  bartt95 | Apr 10, 2016 |
A new and creative world, intersting characters and magic abilities!
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  Gerardlionel | Apr 1, 2016 |
“A hero rose to save the world. He failed.” When I first read that line I laughed. How many stories begin after 1,000 years of darkness? The story is a grim example of economic disparity. For those born into slavery there’s only one way out, steal. In the tradition of loveable rogues the story introduces Kelsier, a thief of legendary ambition and skill, who leads a band of specialists against the Final Empire.
Characters question their own sense of self as they don masks and join the political intrigue. But the magical system is what truly sets Mistborn apart. The power of magic gives credence to the characters’ ambitious plan, while its limitations balance with harsh realities that transform absurd optimism into admirable perseverance.
At times scenes may linger at court when characters and audiences yearn to leap into the night, but as a whole the story is well paced and features a strong cast of characters who each bring a unique perspective to the story. A strong beginning to the trilogy.

+Strong, humorous characters
+Strong plot
+Strong magic
*Political intrigue, false identity
*Harsh, grim setting

5/5 ( )
  adamg211 | Mar 27, 2016 |
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Intrigue, politics, and conspiracies mesh completely in a world Sanderson realizes in satisfying depth and peoples with impressive characters.
added by Katya0133 | editBooklist, Regina Schroeder (Jul 1, 2006)
 
The fast-paced action scenes temper Vin's interminable ballroom intrigues, while the characters, though not profoundly drawn, have a raw stereotypic appeal.
added by Katya0133 | editPublishers Weekly (May 15, 2006)
 

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Brandon Sanderson's epic fantasy trilogy overturns the expectations of readers and then goes on to tell the epic story of evil overturned in a richly imagined world. A thousand years ago evil came to the land and has ruled with an iron hand ever since. The sun shines fitfully under clouds of ash that float down endlessly from the constant eruption of volcanoes. A dark lord rules through the aristocratic families and ordinary folk are condemned to lives in servitude, sold as goods, labouring in the ash fields. But now a troublemaker has arrived and there is rumour of revolt. A revolt that depends on a criminal that no-one can trust and a young girl who must master Allomancy - the magic that lies in all metals. A word of mouth success in the states the Mistborn trilogy has, this year, broken onto the New York Times Bestseller list. The time is ripe for its success to cross the Atlantic
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0765350386, Mass Market Paperback)

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.

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"Once, a hero arose to save the world. A young man with a mysterious heritage courageously challenged the darkness that strangles the land. He failed."--Cover, p. [4].

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