The Final Empire: Mistborn Book One by Brandon Sanderson 5/5
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 criminal that no-one can trust and a young girl who must master Allomancy – the magic that lies in all metals.
I shall start off by saying… ERMAHGERD, this book is bloody fantastic! I went in with high expectations as it was my husband’s suggestion that I read it (he loved it too). It met my expectactions, and then some.
Read this book. Read this book!
The world building is… out of this world- literally. The social heirachies, histories/myths, religions, the allomancy, and rebellion fully submerges you into Sanderson’s world of Mistlings, Mistborn, Inquisitors, criminal gangs, noblemen, and the Lord Ruler to name a few.
The characters were believable and flawed, and some of my favourite characters I have read this year… okay, EVER. Back story for the characters was skillfully drip fed throughout the entirety of the book. Vin is an absolute favourite of mine. She was a strong female protagonist, but naive in many ways. You can’t help but grow fond of her and want to see her succeed. The same goes for Kelsier, the sometimes arrogant, but always loyal, intelligent, and brave male protagonist. But the problem when you love characters so much is that your heart is always ripped from my chest at some point *sobs*.
Sanderson could have made this an ‘us and them’ book, but he showed humanity and humility in the ‘them’ side. Relationships that grow between the two add another level to the narrative, and this only helps to garner more love from the reader in regards to Vin’s decisions and moral compass. Vin and Kelsier bounce off of each other, and teach each other a few truths. The duo are simply superb.
Kelsier’s multi-layered plan, that Vin and the gang all play a part in, is testament to Sanderson’s storytelling skills and imagination. The reader never knows what exactly is coming. We know that Kelsier is always two steps ahead of the game, but every revelation is a shocker. The ultimate shocker *no spoilers* was both ingenius and heart breaking.
My summary- READ THIS BOOK! I can’t wait to get started on the rest of the series.
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