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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
  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. 20
    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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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 |
Quite possibly the most infuriating book I have ever read. The storyline is immense and one of the most original I have ever come across, but the way it is written is pretty poor. There are a few typos, which I won't blame entirely on the author, but there are also grammatical errors and sentence structures that are a bit iffy (and I'm not talking about the way Spook speaks).

In terms of the storyline; such a wonderful thing to behold. Creative, indulgent, quite amazing. Such originality, it is a shame that it fell into the mind of someone who can't quite tell a story in as a captivating way as one would hope for. It seemed to drag on without much happening in stages, and at other it went too fast to even understand what was happening. The pace was off, though intriguing.

The characters were another problematic area. A mixed batch of unusual and quite annoying characters mixed up in one, some of whom were rather two-dimensional at points, and others just plain annoying. Personal preference, perhaps, but isn't that what reading is all about?

I don't dismiss this series completely. I would like to know what happens, if only to know. Sanderson reminds me of Ian Irvine slightly, with the way he writes, and I hope, like I found with Irvine's books, that they improve with each one of the series. I was disappointed slightly, because with such a brilliant storyline, you would think that perhaps more care could have been taken with everything else.

Tempted to give it three stars, but really it was too much of a disappointment for three. The book cover is enough to give it another star - but that hardly counts. ( )
  Xleptodactylous | Apr 7, 2015 |
This was an amazing beginning to a trilogy. and this is also a great self contained book.

The world building is outstanding. The magic system just blew my mind.

I am an allomancer in my dreams because of this book. This book has some of the finest action scenes that I have read.

And its not just the world building, the characters are outstanding too.

The novel works on so many levels. I don't know why I waited so long to read it but rest assured I am going to reading everything that Sanderson does. ( )
  kaipakartik | Mar 24, 2015 |
Mistborn was highly recommended to me by my daughter. I was a bit skeptical because I was getting tired of "YA Fantasy" genre. However,I really enjoyed this book. I would put it up there with the top fantasy novels. The characters are well developed and you really get immersed into the novel's setting.

It also has the best name for a subjugated and oppressed people - SKAA. You won't be disappointed with this book. I have recommended it to many adult readers and of course to adolescent readers as well. ( )
  prdasilva | Mar 4, 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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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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