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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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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
  2. 40
    Banewreaker by Jacqueline Carey (Konran)
    Konran: For those who were interested by the logbooks, Banewreaker is told from the point of view of the "evil" side of you traditional fantasy story.
  3. 40
    The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (leahsimone)
  4. 30
    Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson (leahsimone)
  5. 30
    The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima (foggidawn)
  6. 20
    The Dragon's Path by Daniel Abraham (ajwseven)
  7. 10
    Seeker by Arwen Dayton (kgriffith)
  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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Loved this book.

You learn pieces of what happened before.

Vin learns to use her abilities, to have friends, to trust and fall in love.

The twist at the end was a surprise to me. ( )
  nx74defiant | Oct 15, 2016 |
As fantasy adventure stories go, this is a good one. It's got all the standard elements: an evil empire, sadistic minions, corrupt nobles, a young orphan with strange powers, a likeable rogue who befriends her and helps her develop her powers, a cast of likeable sidekicks, and even a love interest. Okay, so it's not all that original, but the story is very well crafted. The characters start out with qualities one can relate to and they develop from there. The magic system is understandable, and the setting feels solid. It's a bit on the bloody and violent side, and sometimes the fight sequences go on a bit long, but this is a sword and sorcery fantasy adventure, after all. If you're a fan of this genre, you're going to like this one. ( )
  DLMorrese | Oct 14, 2016 |
This book was amazing!!!

The Final Empire was everything you could want out of an Epic Fantasy book. The magic system was super intricate and interesting to learn, the world has a unique feel to it, interesting characters that are enjoyable yet imperfect, and the story was actually more intriguing than most fantasy I've read - specifically in a sense that it held my interest throughout the entire book; whereas, a lot of other longer fantasy books tend to have lulls in action and can drag on at times.

Sanderson was able to write this book with the grandiose feel of an epic fantasy, yet it seemed to have the page-turning feel of a good thriller, to me.

By the time you are done reading this book, you will want to throw on your mistborn cloak and hop out into the mists, using your allomantic abilities...or perhaps settle for reading the next book in the series. ( )
  masteryoda716 | Aug 31, 2016 |
This epic fantasy novel features a gang of outcasts determined to overthrowing the Lord Ruler. A thousand years before, the Lord Ruler was the Hero of Ages who repelled the Deepness and founded the Final Empire. The repetition of this cycle forms the bases of the series.

The noble class has brutally oppressed the skaa peasantry. A few of the noble class (and illegal half-breeds) have magic in the form of Allomancy. Mistings can "burn" one metal to gain supernatural powers, while the rarer Mistborn can burn all 16 Allomancy metals. Other races, and magics, exist.

The idea of a gang of thieves and outcasts overthrowing a government is similar to Scott Lynch's Lies of Locke Lamora series, although with less humour. ( )
  ktoonen | Aug 24, 2016 |
Not much to say about this one that hasn't already been said, but it's very good. Appealing characters, a unique and well thought out magic system, and Sanderson's typically thorough worldbuilding.

Sanderson isn't the most lyrical of writers, but this isn't the kind of book that needs it. Instead it's got solid pacing (better, in fact, than Way of Kings, this is a lot tighter and always moving forwards), and plenty of action.

I'm not typically a big fan of heavy politics, my deep abiding love for Dune notwithstanding, but the interspersed action and the characters kept me interested through the dull (to me) bits. I suspect that book 2 might be even more political, now that the heroes are inside the machine, but I'm going to read on anyway. ( )
  krazykiwi | Aug 22, 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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