Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

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  • Title: Mistborn: The Final Empire
  • Author: Brandon Sanderson
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Pages: 672
  • Format: Paperback
  • Other: Amazon, GoodReads
  • Grade: B+ (4.5/5 stars)

BlurbIn a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with color once more?

In Brandon Sanderson’s intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage — Allomancy, a magic of the metals.

ReviewIn reading, I’ve always stuck to the same things: young adult literature and classic literature. I wasn’t really one to branch out and try new things. But this year I am, and this was one of the series I decided to try because I want to read more epic fantasy.

Simply put, Mistborn was enchanting.

Vin, the protagonist, is a young woman who has struggled to survive her entire life. She is a skaa and a thief, living in constant darkness. She has learned that hiding and seeming weak is key to her survival. But Vin isn’t weak. Instead, she is someone who comes into herself through the novel. Kel, the mentor, is brave and foolish and sometimes blinded by his own hate. But he is also charismatic and selfless.

But he is also the stereotypical bad ass I’ve come to know in fantasy. Despite his imperfections, he’s perfect. But it isn’t just Kelsier. It’s many of the side characters. At times, I found myself pulled out of the story because something felt cheesy. Something felt standard, probably because some of the minor characters felt more like archetypes than people.

Despite this, I loved Mistborn.

Sanderson’s world is so incredibly developed that it’s hard to remember that it isn’t real. The magic system, Allomancy, is well-thought out. Not only that, it’s creative. It is unlike anything I’ve read before (granted, I’m new to this genre, but still). And how the world operates– it’s fascinating. Honestly, that’s part of the reason I look forward to reading the rest of the series. I look forward to seeing how the world is further developed.

The story was fascinating. There were elements of it that felt like a puzzle, and I spent much time trying to figure it out. And even though I did figure out the twist, I was still satisfied because it made sense. The clues were there.

And the writing? It wasn’t particularly beautiful, but not all books need to be beautifully written. To me, bad writing and good writing go hand-in-hand in. When you notice it, it is because it is particularly beautiful or particularly bad. I didn’t notice the writing, and when I don’t notice the writing, it’s doing something right. Sure, it isn’t spectacular, but it doesn’t pull me out of the story like bad writing does. In Mistborn, I remained invested in the characters and the story, and to me, that means Sanderson is an effective writer.

Ultimately, this book left me excited for the next. I can’t wait to see how things turn out for all the characters.

 

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