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

by Brandon Sanderson

Series: Mistborn (1)

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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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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
    The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (leahsimone)
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    Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson (leahsimone)
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    The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima (foggidawn)
  6. 10
    Seeker by Arwen Dayton (kgriffith)
  7. 10
    The Dragon's Path by Daniel Abraham (ajwseven)
  8. 10
    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 read 30% of this book before dropping it. The story progresses quite slowly I felt and the characters are not consistent. It feels like a great concept but there was still more thinking required to make it feel more realistic. For ex. Luthadel is the capital city and in another nearby city Sazed and Lord Renoux live... okay I forgot what exactly I was going to say because I'm really sleepy. But the main thing is that there were lots of inconsistencies in the novel - small things which don't add up properly. It's like I'm saying X was scared but then I'm getting very slight indications that prove that he was actually the exact opposite.

Anyway, Im glad I dropped the book. Now I'm free to read something else instead. ( )
  MugenHere | Jul 12, 2015 |
The "Mistborn" are suppose to be of noble birth, however in Brandon Sanderson's first book of the series of the same name it turns out this is not the case and it proves to be the undoing to the evil seemingly immortal Lord Ruler in the end. The first book of the "Mistborn" finds both tropes and fantasy genre clichés used in familiar as well as twisted ways, resulting in a excellent read.

The plot followed two individuals, both the titular mistborn: Vin, a young thief just trying to survive, and Kelsier, the master thief who survived a living death sentence and plans to topple the Final Empire by starting an actual skaa (think serfs) rebellion. Set in a world where the hero failed a 1000 years before and the evil dark lord has ruled ever since, Kelsier brings Vin who doesn't know she's a mistborn into his high-end thieving crew with a plan to destabilize and topple the Final Empire.

Giving "Mistborn" its major fantasy element is Sanderson's inventive magic system of Allomancy, which individuals "burn" metals they have ingested that affect either internally or externally things specific to those metals. The titular mistborn have the ability to burn all known metals while mistings are only able to burn one metal, nearly all of Kelsier's crew use allomancy in one form or another which is how Vin trains in the uses of her mistborn powers.

For almost 550 pages, Sanderson writes a in riveting cannot put the book down style that keeps on raising the reader's anticipating to see how he ends the story. Unfortunately the last 100 pages prove to be the weakest part of the book as Sanderson ties up all the various story elements he's laid down. It isn't the fact Sanderson ties it up, it's how he does it. It almost felt like several things happening on top of one another that kept on pushing down the big showdown that you knew was coming and then didn't give enough time for a proper denouement, which got regulated to the epilogue. However the decision to have the Lord Ruler appear only in the last tenth of the book and the bait-and-switch of his true identity was a pleasant surprise.

"Mistborn: The Final Empire" is a satisfying read even with a unfortunate weak end but not even not to make you want to find out what happens next in the aftermath in the Final Empire's fall. ( )
  mattries37315 | Jul 1, 2015 |
Wonderful book with an original and interesting system of magic. ( )
  GSB68 | May 19, 2015 |

This book has a high average rating. I feel a little guilty for giving it a 3. Part of the reason I feel guilty is that it was a good book, for certain people. It was well written and characterization was great. It's just, my brain shuts off with anything political. This book's plot was very politically based. I found myself tuning out a lot and then realized near the end that I'd been doing that most of the time. ( )
  KR_Patterson | Apr 28, 2015 |
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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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